- Luka Doncic hit a wild, running, three-point game-winner on Wednesday.
- JJ Redick said the shot was so unusual, he thought it was a two-pointer and didn’t realize the Mavs had won.
- Doncic apparently practices trick shots and unusual shots all of the time.
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Luka Doncic wowed the NBA world on Wednesday with one of the wildest game-winners of the season.
With 1.8 seconds left and the Dallas Mavericks trailing the Memphis Grizzlies by two, Doncic caught the ball on the left wing, ducked past a defender, and launched a running, floating three-pointer that went through as time expired.
As Doncic’s teammate JJ Redick said on his podcast, “The Old Man and the Three,” Doncic’s shot was so unorthodox that Redick didn’t even realize the Mavs had won the game.
“When he shot the ball and the ball went in, everybody on our team ran on the floor like we had just won the game,” Redick said. “I was confused, because from my angle, it looked like he shot a floater from 14 feet. I had no idea it was a three. And then when they showed the replay, it was — a little in disbelief of how ridiculous that shot was.”
This is an unusual form on a game-winning three-pointer:
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“The decision to turn the corner and dribble in — I think he was trying to draw a foul,” Redick said. “I don’t think he had any other thought process other than drawing a foul.”
Redick called it “one of the most ridiculous shots I’ve ever seen in my life.”
Redick said that a few other players were also confused because from their vantage point, it appeared Doncic had tied the game instead of won it.
Redick also added that the win came as even more of a surprise because the Mavs had executed poorly down the stretch of the game between fouling too early, taking too long to get off a shot, and then missing free throws. They were bailed out when the Grizzlies’ Grayson Allen — a 90% free throw shooter — missed two straight free throws before Doncic’s game-winner.
Apparently, those types of shots are par for the course for Doncic. As Redick referenced on the podcast, before a game against the Philadelphia 76ers earlier in the week, a video made the rounds of Doncic juggling a basketball like a soccer ball, then hoisting up a shot from 30 feet behind the net and swishing it.
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Mavs coach Rick Carlisle told reporters after the game that Doncic loves to make bets on taking unusual trick shots and often wins them.
“Anytime we walk into practice, and he’s sitting on a sitting on a table, getting stretched out behind a basket and says, ‘Hey, coach, if I make a shot, it’s no practice,'” Carlisle said. “And I was like, ‘Forget it. No way. He’s gonna make the shot and make shots on me.’ He’s just a very, very special and unique guy when it comes to these kinds of things.”
Carlisle added: “I can’t tell you how many thousands of dollars I’ve lost to him on half-court shots.”
Redick said on his podcast that team trainers the next day were joking that Doncic works harder on trick shots than on his overall game.
“That’s obviously not true because Luka is an MVP candidate, he clearly works on his game, but it’s just something that’s fun to him,” Redick said. “You can tell that he just enjoys playing. This is just a game to him.”
Watch the segment below (comments on the game-winner begin at 2:46):
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