Kevon Looney Inspires Shaq and Wilt Memes with 'MVP' Effort in Win over Luka, Mavs

Paul KasabianFeatured Columnist IIMay 21, 2022

Golden State Warriors center Kevon Looney (5) shoots against the Dallas Mavericks during the first half of Game 2 of the NBA basketball playoffs Western Conference finals in San Francisco, Friday, May 20, 2022. (AP Photo/Jed Jacobsohn)
AP Photo/Jed Jacobsohn

Golden State Warriors center Kevon Looney put on a show Friday with 21 points (10-of-14 shooting) and 12 rebounds in a 126-117 win over the Dallas Mavericks in Game 2 of the Western Conference Finals at Chase Center.

The Warriors fell behind by as many as 19 points and trailed 72-58 at halftime, but Looney dropped 11 points and five rebounds in a third quarter in which Golden State outscored the Mavs 25-13.

He put the Warriors up for good in the fourth quarter with a layup with 8:29 remaining.

Twitter was ablaze both during and after Looney's tremendous outing.

Kirk Goldsberry @kirkgoldsberry

The Kevon Looney game<br><br>- First career 20-point game<br>- Held the Mavericks to 1-for-11 shooting as primary defender<br>- Held Luka Doncic to 0-for-3 shooting as primary defender <a href="https://t.co/MkaR8VxIFP">pic.twitter.com/MkaR8VxIFP</a>

StatMuse @statmuse

Steph, Wiggins and Looney. <a href="https://t.co/fEop7CKq2H">pic.twitter.com/fEop7CKq2H</a>

RingerNBA @ringernba

Kevon Looney tonight <a href="https://t.co/NVfqkyTE7s">pic.twitter.com/NVfqkyTE7s</a>

Eddie Paskal @EddiePaskal

Warriors legend Kevon Looney.

StatMuse @statmuse

Kevon Looney is the first Warriors center with a 20/10 playoff game since Robert Parish in 1977. <a href="https://t.co/LOBecakSy0">pic.twitter.com/LOBecakSy0</a>

Josh Eberley 🇨🇦 @JoshEberley

Looney is honest to God the Warriors MVP today

FanDuel @FanDuel

Kevon Looney vs. the Mavs: <a href="https://t.co/5pj0HxYfRo">pic.twitter.com/5pj0HxYfRo</a>

sam esfandiari @samesfandiari

Looney better be on the espn/abc graphic for G3

Anthony @OMGItsBirdman

Looney <a href="https://t.co/y74MY1EKyN">pic.twitter.com/y74MY1EKyN</a>

ESPN Stats & Info @ESPNStatsInfo

The last time Kevon Looney scored 20 points in any organized game was Jan. 8, 2015...when he was a freshman at UCLA.<br><br>That spanned his last 20 college games &amp; first 421 NBA games of his career. He has 21 pts &amp; 10 rebs (&amp; counting) currently vs the Mavericks <a href="https://t.co/2erQAsayK6">pic.twitter.com/2erQAsayK6</a>

Looney has been an important piece for the Warriors rotation during the majority of his seven-year career, but he's not necessarily a stat compiler (6.0 points and 7.3 rebounds per this season). That changed in Game 2, though.

Looney and the Warriors will now head to Dallas for Game 3 of the best-of-seven series Sunday at 9 p.m. ET at American Airlines Center.