After leading the Dallas Mavericks to a decisive victory in Game 4 of the NBA Finals, Luka Doncic received high praise from teammate Kyrie Irving for his resilient response to criticism.

In the wake of a tough Game 3 loss and subsequent scrutiny from analysts, Doncic bounced back with a stellar performance, scoring 29 points to help force a pivotal Game 5 against the Boston Celtics.

“I think he made a few people eat their words in a healthy way,” Irving said, acknowledging Doncic’s ability to rise to the occasion. “He made some things happen tonight that I was very proud of him and grew.”

Irving emphasized the importance of staying focused and avoiding distractions like social media, urging the team to continue their growth and positive momentum.

“I think with Luka just like I’ve been reiterating to the guys just stay off of social media as best as you can, man, and just enjoy the moment that we’re in,” he said. “And it’s not just about making it this far, it’s about figuring out the little nuances to get wins on this stage. That’s what it’s about for us as competitors and that’s were our focus should be.

“He responded very well and I expected it. I think a lot of people expected it too that have seen Luka, have known Luka but just didn’t know how it was going to happen. He made some things happen tonight that I was very proud of him and grew.

“That’s what we’ve been talking about too since the beginning of the series, is our growth and us trending in the right direction and figuring out how we get wins together as a group with all those external factors still going on, how do you still lock in, how do you still focus in, how do you breathe through some of those mistakes.

“I think he did a great job of that tonight. Hopefully, we can extend this series going into Game 5. But we know we still have to play our best and we have to control what we can control.”

The Mavericks’ victory in Game 4 showcased their resilience and determination to compete at the highest level, setting the stage for an intense Game 5 showdown in Boston.

As the series heads to Boston, both Doncic and Irving remain focused on controlling what they can on the court and extending their impressive playoff run.