Yes, yes, yes, we can officially say that Luka Doncic tied this series up at two games a piece with his stepback three at the horn to end overtime, thus giving Dallas a 135-133 win over head coach and Marquette legend Doc Rivers and the LA Clippers.
[extremely Stephen A. Smith voice] HOWEVAH, we can’t ignore the fact that LA led 10 at the end of the first quarter and by 21 at one point in the second quarter! Guys, what are you doing???
The Mavericks then led by as many as 12 in the fourth quarter before the Clippers came charging back to tie the game at 121 when Lou Williams hit two of three free throws with 50.6 seconds left to play. Both squads had a chance to end it in regulation, but neither could put it in, sending things to overtime.
The two teams traded leads in overtime, with the Clippers getting the early advantage. Ultimately, it looked like LA had finally closed out the game and gotten the win when Marcus Morris hit a three with 9.6 seconds left to play. A Reggie Jackson foul with less than four seconds to play because the Clips had one to give set up the final inbounds to Doncic for the game winner.
Kawhi Leonard was great for the Clippers, even with his miss at the end of regulation, getting 32 points on 10-for-22 shooting and adding nine rebounds, four assists, two steals, and a block. Williams was actually the top scorer on the squad in this game, finishing with 36 points. Doncic’s game winner gave him 43 on the day to go with his 17 rebounds and 13 assists, which makes him the first player in NBA Playoffs history to record a 40 point triple-double. We won’t talk all that much about his seven turnovers, unless you want to......
Up Next: And so we go to Game #5 in this series. NBA.com says that it’s set for Tuesday night at 8pm Central time, but outside of the local broadcast partners, we don’t officially have TV broadcast information for the game yet. The time may also be subject to change, as that will be a doubleheader night since as I write this on Sunday night, the Raptors are about to eliminate the Nets.