Doncic Calls 42-Point Game 1 Performance “Terrible”

Luka Doncic with Real Madrid during Euroleague basketball match in 2018. Photo by Nikola Krstic/REX/Shutterstock (9485782g)

Dallas Mavericks star Luka Doncic scored 42 points in Game 1 of the team’s playoff series against the Los Angeles Clippers, setting a record for the most points ever scored by a player in a playoff debut.

However, it wasn’t enough for the win and the points are only half of the story. Doncic had 11 turnovers in the game, which Dallas lost by a score of 118-110.

Asked about his performance, Doncic said “Terrible. I had 11 turnovers. I’ve never had that much.”

The Mavericks dug a deep hole for themselves at the start of the game, falling behind 18-2 early. Doncic was a turnover machine in the early period, coughing the ball up five times in the opening minutes of the game.

After regaining his composure Doncic took over, scoring 15 points and grabbing five rebounds as the Mavericks went on a 48-18 run that put them up by 14 points.

The Clippers eventually rallied back and won the game, led by their star players Kawhi Leonard and Paul George, who combined for a total 56 points to put Los Angeles up 1-0 in the series.