11/24/2021 at 10:16 CET
Luka doncic He had only missed three games due to knee and ankle problems in his left leg, but after returning this Tuesday in the victory of the Dallas Mavericks against the Los Angeles Clippers (104-112), he assured that he had “missed the 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 He stroked the triple-double with 26 points, 9 rebounds and 9 assists and was key for the Mavericks to break their streak of three straight games with losses – the same ones that the Slovenian had missed through injury – in a great away victory against the Clippers after overtime.
Next to Doncic, the hero of the Dallas was Kristaps Porzingis with 30 points, 6 of them crucial in overtime.
The Mavericks had to sweat until the end as Paul george forced extra time with an extraordinary triple from the corner and over the horn.
The meeting was very intense, exciting and contested until the end, a hallmark 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,” he said. Doncic.
The point guard admitted with a smile that he was “tired” after his first post-injury game, 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 partner Porzingis He was also delighted that he has returned to the court Doncic 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,” said the center.
“I really enjoy playing with him because he makes my job much easier. It makes a big difference for us to have him there,” he added.