The Dallas Mavericks All-Star guard was listed as a game time decision for Game 4 after spraining his ankle in the team's Game 3 loss to the LA Clippers. With the fear of going down 3-1 in the series, Doncic battled through the pain to try and even the series.
It didn't appear that his ankle bothered him much as the 21-year-old set the Internet on fire with a historic playoff performance capped off by an exhilarating game-winning step-back jumper.
LUKA. FOR. THE. WIN.- NBA (@NBA) August 23, 2020
Luka Doncic steps back for the @dallasmavs OT #TissotBuzzerBeater to tie the series 2-2!#NBAPlayoffs #ThisIsYourTime pic.twitter.com/YLupkgdhcs
Doncic would finish with a video game stat line of 43 points, 17 rebounds and 13 assists to give the Mavericks a 135-133 victory to bring the series to 2-2.
TAKEAWAYS: Luka Doncic caps off legendary performance with game-winner
With all eyes on this stellar performance, the nearly the entire NBA world took to Twitter to give the Slovenian superstar the praise he deserved. Take a look:
BANG BANG!! In my *Mike Breen voice- LeBron James (@KingJames) August 23, 2020
sheeesh @luka7doncic thats ridiculous…BLOUSES!!!- Stephen Curry (@StephenCurry30) August 23, 2020
Big dawg- Damian Lillard (@Dame_Lillard) August 23, 2020
Sheesh. Step back to freedom- CJ McCollum (@CJMcCollum) August 23, 2020
Different💯 @luka7doncic- Trae Young (@TheTraeYoung) August 23, 2020
big shot 😳- Ja Morant (@JaMorant) August 23, 2020
Gonna state the obvious here but damn...LUKA IS A BONAFIDE SUPERSTAR!!!- Kevin Love (@kevinlove) August 23, 2020
Invest in a step back!!- Bradley Beal (@RealDealBeal23) August 23, 2020
Young fella special..- DeMarcus Cousins (@boogiecousins) August 23, 2020
@luka7doncic with the dagger!!!! 💥 game over 👀👀👀- Goran Dragić (@Goran_Dragic) August 23, 2020
Wow wow wow- Clint Capela (@CapelaClint) August 23, 2020
W O W‼️‼️‼️‼️ Luka we are not worthy!!!- DWade (@DwyaneWade) August 23, 2020
Luka the Don- Paul Pierce (@paulpierce34) August 23, 2020
🇦🇷Increíble! Este chico es increíble! 43/17/13 en playoffs con 21 años. Métele también el triple ganador. 🤦🏻♂️ #LukaFan ✋- Manu Ginobili (@manuginobili) August 23, 2020
🇺🇲 This kid is unbelievable! 43/17/13 in playoffs against a great team and @ 21 years old. Throw in a buzzer beater, too! Nuts! #LukaFan ✋