Luka Dončić isn’t coming. He’s here.
Sunday evening, the second-year wunderkin dragged the Dallas Mavericks back from an, at one point, 21-point deficit to defeat the Los Angeles Clippers 135-133 in overtime, leveling their first-round series 2-2. With Kristaps Porziņģis out of the lineup, Dončić dropped 43 points, 17 rebounds and 13 assists, becoming the third player in NBA history to log a 40-15-10 triple-double in a postseason game. He is 21 years old. This is his first career playoff series. He played on a dinged up ankle.
Already, Dončić finds himself in rarified air. Per ESPN Stats & Info, the stepback 3 Dončić hit to win the contest marked only the second time in NBA history a player scored 40 or more points and ended the game with a buzzer-beater while trailing. The other? Michael Jordan.
So, yeah. To say Dončić is on an all-time trajectory might be putting it lightly.
His breathtaking exploits set NBA Twitter aflame. A number of Bulls, past and present, were quick to weigh in:
W O W‼️‼️‼️‼️ Luka we are not worthy!!!
— DWade (@DwyaneWade) August 23, 2020
As was fellow young star, and draft class mate, Trae Young. Young and Dončić’s careers will forever be connected after their draft rights were traded for each other in 2018:
Players around the league also had some fun with his big night:
And how lucky are we to get to continue bearing witness to Dončić for years to come.
Bulls, NBA Twitter react to Luka Donis historic night, buzzer beater originally appeared on NBC Sports Chicago