Luka Doncic's Gesture to Mavericks Fans From His Car Was Pure Class

Mavericks fans surround Luka Doncic's car seeking autographs and chanting the Dallas star's name after the team's 117—116 win over the Oklahoma City Thunder in the West semifinals on Saturday night at American Airlines Center.
Mavericks fans surround Luka Doncic's car seeking autographs and chanting the Dallas star's name after the team's 117—116 win over the Oklahoma City Thunder in the West semifinals on Saturday night at American Airlines Center. / Screengrab Twitter @MikeLeslieWFAA

If there was any doubt that the city of Dallas loves Luka Dončić, there isn't anymore after the Mavericks' 117—116 victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder on Saturday night.

Not only did Dončić pour in a team-high 29 points and rack up a triple-double to power the Mavericks to the Western Conference finals with the win, but he also proved himself to be a professional athlete of pure class off the court.

As Dončić prepared to drive away from the American Airlines Center in downtown Dallas, Texas, adoring Mavericks fans surrounded his car to seek autographs and show their appreciation for the Slovenian basketball star.

WFAA-TV sports anchor Mike Leslie captured the moment on video and shared it onto his account on X, formerly known as Twitter.

One fan can be heard shouting, "We love you, Luka!" while the Mavericks star was parked, and then fans chanted "MVP" as he drove off into the Dallas night.

It's hard to watch this video and not immediately wonder why there wasn't more of a security presence around Dončić than just one police officer and another individual who appeared to be a stadium official.

But it quickly became clear that the Mavericks fans meant Dončić no harm.

After spending a game-high 45 minutes on the court, likely the last thing Dončić wanted to do was stick around the arena for a bit longer. But he did—and he did it for Mavericks fans.

The love is mutual between Dončić and Dallas.


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Tim Capurso

TIM CAPURSO

Tim Capurso is a Staff Writer on the Breaking & Trending News Team at Sports Illustrated. Previously he wrote for RotoBaller and ClutchPoints, where he was the lead editor for MLB, College Football and NFL coverage. A lifelong Yankees and Giants fan, Tim grew up just outside New York City and now lives near Philadelphia. When he's not writing, Tim enjoys reading, exercising and spending time with his family, including his three-legged cat Willow, who, unfortunately, is an Eagles fan.