Why did Luka Doncic exit Game 3? A closer look at turning point of the contest

Why did Luka Doncic exit Game 3? Closer look at turning point of the contest (Photo from NBA.com)
Why did Luka Doncic exit Game 3? Closer look at turning point of the contest (Photo from NBA.com)

Dallas Mavericks superstar Luka Doncic failed to finish Game 3 of the NBA Finals against the Boston Celtics on Wednesday after fouling out with four minutes still left in the fourth quarter. It could not have come at a more inopportune time as they were in the middle of a spirited charge-back, trying to salvage a win.

Down by just three points, from a high of 21 early in the fourth quarter, with 4:12 to go in the game, Doncic was whistled off for his sixth foul as he blocked the path of Jaylen Brown. The Mavericks challenged the call, but it turned out to be unsuccessful, leaving them to play the remainder of the game without their All-NBA First Team member.

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The Mavericks tried to fight on without their superstar, cutting their deficit to just one point, 93-92, with 3:37 to go.

However, the Celtics, led by Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum, would hang tough, outscoring Dallas, 13-7, the rest of the way and holding on for the 106-99 victory and 3-0 lead in the NBA Finals series.

By the time of his exit, Luka Doncic had 27 points, six rebounds, and six assists in 38 minutes.

Kyrie Irving broke out from his shooting slump in the Finals by scoring a team-high 35 points for Dallas, with PJ Washington adding 13.

For Boston, it was Tatum who top-scored with 31 points, while Brown had 30 points, 24 of which came in the second half.

Luka Doncic and the Mavericks will try to stay alive in the series in Game 4, slated to be held on Friday in Dallas.

Luka Doncic hopeful of coming back from 0-3 hole

Luka Doncic knows that his team is now in a deep hole after going 0-3 in the NBA Finals series. But he remains hopeful that despite the odds stacked against them, they can still make things happen and make a comeback.

The five-time NBA All-Star shared this in the post-game press conference, highlighting that it was still a race to four wins and they were going to take it a game at a time.

Luka Doncic said:

"It's not over till it's over. So, we just got to believe. Like I said, it's a race-to-four, we just got to stay together. We lose together, we win together."

Doncic finished Game 3 with 27 points, six rebounds, and six assists in 38 minutes before fouling out in the fourth quarter.

In the history of the NBA, 156 teams went down 0-3 in a playoff series and not one has come back to win.

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Edited by Prem Deshpande
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