Luka Doncic rose up to the challenge as he displayed a dominant performance in Game 7 of the second round series against the Suns.
The Slovenian superstar scored game-high 35 points (27 of them in the first half), grabbed 10 rebounds and dished out 4 assists in 30 minutes of play.
The Mavericks were in total control of the game and blew away their opponents by 33 points (123-90). The lead was even higher in the third quarter.
Many current and former NBA players took to Twitter to express their emotions in seeing Doncic dominate the game.
“luka wilding 😂🔥💯” Ja Morant tweeted.
“Told y’all LuKA,” was Patrick Beverley’s message.
“He mean muggin these dudes !! 😂” Trae Young, who was traded for Doncic on draft night, tweeted.
Meanwhile Pelicans star CJ McCollum reminded people that Luka played in much more hostile environments in Europe and was successful.
“Wow luka. Wow. He been playing in games on the road with fires 🔥 and flares going off in the stands. Police officers with AK’a separating the rows in the arena back in Europe. Road game with pressure isn’t really pressure to him. Killer performance 🤝” he tweeted.
Meanwhile former NBA champion Paul Pierce had a single-word reaction. “Luka,” he tweeted.
Former NBA player Chandler Parsons made a bold statement. “i repeat, luka is the best player in the NBA,” was his tweet.
Former NBA champion Festus Ezeli remembered a clip which was taken after the Suns blew away the Mavericks in Game 5 when Doncic said “everybody wants to talk when they’re up” while walking through the tunnel.
He called it his “Jordan moment,” referring to a famous scene when Michael Jordan made similar comments during a playoff series. “Remember days ago when Luka walked in the tunnel after the game and he said “everybody wants to talk when they’re up…” ESPN PUT THAT ON REPEAT! That’s his Jordan moment #tookitpersonal😂” Ezeli tweeted.