Happiness. Amazement. Zen. These are the feelings that were rushing through me while I watched the Dallas Mavericks rout the Phoenix Suns in Arizona during game seven on Sunday night.
Most nights when I watch my teams play, I have fun, but I have a nervous feeling as the games are normally close and competitive, especially deep in the playoffs. As I prepared for a close game on Sunday, I spent the whole game hyped up and ready to will my Mavs past the Suns, anticipating a game that would go down to the wire.
That day, I mowed the lawn and washed the dog, trying to keep my mind off the game for the time being. As game time drew nearer, I started to get butterflies in my stomach.
At seven o’clock p.m., I sat down on the couch in my green Luka Doncić jersey. I was watching the game in the living room, with my mom, dad, and two dogs (my brother was in the game room at the time). The pregame show was on, and Shaquille O’Neal and Kenny “The Jet” Smith both picked the Mavs to win, while Charles Barkley picked the Suns. It is normally about this time before the game that I start to take deep breaths and attempt to relax.
The game started and Dallas was out to a 15-5 lead. Then the Mavs were up 29-22. That was the closest it got. What happened next could have only been predicted by a time traveler. The Mavs went on a 33-5 run. 33-5. That is almost unheard of in the postseason. Luka had 27 points at halftime. The Suns had 27 points at halftime. By this point, with the Mavs up 30 at halftime, I was pretty relaxed and almost all of my nerves had gone.
The Mavericks came out just as good, if not better, in the second half of the game. At one point in this half, the Mavs were up by 46 points. Luka, Spencer Dinwiddie, and Jalen Brunson scored 89 points combined. The Suns scored a total of 90 points.
It was around this point I realized I had witnessed one of the most dominating performances in NBA history. I also realized that Luka is now the best player in the NBA.
With the Suns behind us, our Mavs are going into game 4 in the Western Conference Finals for the right to represent the Western Conference in the NBA Finals.