Los Angeles (USA), Jun 4 (EFE) .- Luka Doncic, who saw how the Los Angeles Clippers forced the seventh game tonight against their Dallas Mavericks (97-104), surrendered to the huge performance of Kawhi Leonard for Angelenos.
“It destroyed us,” summed up the Slovenian at the post-match press conference.
Leonard had 45 points (18 of 25 shooting), 6 rebounds and 3 assists to storm Dallas (USA) and take the series to the seventh and final game, which will be played this Sunday in Los Angeles (USA)
The forward also contributed decisively to consolidate the curse of the locals in this tie in which all six games have resulted in visiting victories (the first time this has happened in NBA history).
Against an unstoppable Leonard, Doncic had 29 points (11 of 24 shooting), 8 rebounds and 11 assists for the Mavericks.
Faced with Leonard’s extraordinary game, Doncic urged to focus right now on the seventh game and to believe one hundred percent in the victory at the Staples Center in the Californian city.
He also commented that in head-to-head matches like Sunday’s it doesn’t matter how you got there and the only thing necessary is “to give everything on the court.”
Leonard was escorted in the Clippers by Reggie Jackson (25 points and 9 rebounds) and Paul George (20 points, 13 rebounds and 6 assists).
For his part, Doncic had the support of Tim Hardaway Jr. (23 points with 9 of 19 shooting).
Serge Ibaka was injured again by the Clippers.
The Angelenos came to Dallas with the obligation to win yes or yes so as not to be eliminated and with the pressure to avoid a new failure in a franchise accustomed to disappointment.
But those of Tyronn Lue responded to the challenge with a brave and vigorous performance that gave them the ticket for the seventh meeting.
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