LUka Doncic had only missed three games due to knee and ankle problems in his left leg, but after returning on Tuesday in the Dallas Mavericks’ victory over the Los Angeles Clippers (104-112), he assured that he had except basketball. “
“I am very happy to be back. I have missed basketball even though I know it was only three games,” he told the media.
Doncic stroked the triple-double with 26 points, 9 rebounds and 9 assists and was key for the Mavericks to break their streak of three games in a row with losses – the same ones that the Slovenian had lost through injury – in a great away victory against the Clippers after an extension.
Along with Doncic, the hero of the Dallas team was Kristaps Porzingis with 30 points, 6 of them crucial in overtime.
The Mavericks had to sweat until the end as Paul George forced overtime with an extraordinary 3 from the corner and over the horn.
The meeting was very intense, exciting and contested until the end, one of the identity of the recent confrontations between these two teams that have met in the last two playoffs (in both heats the Clippers prevailed).
“It is a very important victory. In the end, in this league it is difficult to win and I think we did a very good job today and that we deserved the victory,” said Doncic.
The point guard admitted with a smile that he was “tired” after his first meeting after the injury, but said that getting the win “was the only thing that mattered.”
He also stressed that he really wanted to play this game since his father was in the audience at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.
For his part, his teammate Porzingis was also delighted that Doncic has returned to the court and drew attention to what his return means for the Mavericks.
“We are happy to have him back. He takes a lot of pressure off everyone in the team,” noted the pvot.
“I really enjoy playing with him because it makes my job so much easier. It makes a big difference for us to have him there,” he added.