Luka Doncic Draws Praise from Trae Young, Fans for 'Cooking' Suns in Mavs' Game 6 Win

Doric SamMay 13, 2022

DALLAS, TEXAS - MAY 12: Luka Doncic #77 of the Dallas Mavericks celebrates after scoring against the Phoenix Suns in the second quarter of Game Six of the 2022 NBA Playoffs Western Conference Semifinals at American Airlines Center on May 12, 2022 in Dallas, Texas. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Ron Jenkins/Getty Images)
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The Dallas Mavericks kept their season alive with a 113-86 win over the Phoenix Suns in Game 6 of the Western Conference Semifinals on Thursday, and it was largely thanks to the bully-ball played by star point guard Luka Doncic.

The 23-year-old dissected the Suns defense to finish with 33 points, 11 rebounds, eight assists and four steals. With Doncic leading the charge, the Mavericks shot a scorching 41 percent from three-point range.

Doncic wasn't only praised for his production on Thursday, but also his attitude when facing potential elimination.

Atlanta Hawks guard Trae Young, who is forever tied to Doncic after they were traded for each other in the 2018 NBA draft, couldn't help but to be among the many people who admired the energy Doncic played with to help his team live to fight another day.

Trae Young @TheTraeYoung

Luka backing that Talk up!!! <br>He cookin these dudes😂

Jason McIntyre @jasonrmcintyre

Luka wants all the smoke.<br>He wants the iso with Bridges, CP3, Crowder, everyone. Nobody can check him<br><br>Hope G7 is a good one

🦅MaddMaxx🦅 @CrosbyMaxx

Luka Is Playing How You Should Play Facing Elimination… I’ll Route For Guys Like That💯

Mike Leslie @MikeLeslieWFAA

Luka. Playing angry, and dominating.

Black Big Lebowski @LaJethroJenkins

Luka is bullying every single player that matches up with him in the most disrespectful way he can come up with.

Bleacher Report @BleacherReport

Luka numbers 📈 <a href="https://t.co/EMLuZa2sGW">pic.twitter.com/EMLuZa2sGW</a>

ESPN Stats & Info @ESPNStatsInfo

Luka Dončić has his 5th playoff game with 30 points, 10 rebounds, and 5 assists, breaking a tie with Dirk Nowitzki for the most in Mavs postseason history.<br><br>Nowitzki's 4 games came across 145 games in his playoff career; Luka needed just 22 to pass him. <a href="https://t.co/L6pkQ151p1">pic.twitter.com/L6pkQ151p1</a>

Bobby Karalla @bobbykaralla

The Luka's special.

Jason Gallagher @jga41agher

The Luka Special <a href="https://t.co/7AXAYKPvxu">pic.twitter.com/7AXAYKPvxu</a>

Tim MacMahon @espn_macmahon

Luka Doncic took the ball from Chris Paul on one end and then backed him down for a bucket on the other. Get ready for Game 7.

Mark Gunnels @MarkAGunnels

I’m not betting against Luka in Game 7.

Facing the top-seeded Suns, the Mavericks weren't expected to put up this much of a fight. Game 7 will be in Phoenix, and Dallas has struggled away from home in this series. But the team has an ace in its pocket in Doncic.

The last time Doncic was faced with a Game 7, he poured in 46 points and 14 assists. It can be expected that he will be locked in once again in another win-or-go-home scenario.

Dallas has the chance to pull off the biggest upset of this year's playoffs. Doncic will have to be at his absolute best if the Mavericks hope to advance to the Western Conference Finals for the first time since the team's 2011 championship run.