Luka Dončić Had Comical Moment With Thunder Fan During Game 1 Loss

Luka Doncic and the Dallas Mavericks lost Game 1 to the Oklahoma City Thunder, 117-95.
Luka Doncic and the Dallas Mavericks lost Game 1 to the Oklahoma City Thunder, 117-95. /

It wasn't Luka Dončić or the Dallas Mavericks' night in Game 1 of the Western Conference semifinals, as the Mavs opened the series with a 117-95 loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Dončić finished with 19 points on 6-for-19 shooting. So if he wasn't already having a rough night, he didn't exactly get an assist from a Thunder fan sitting courtside after a dead ball. The Thunder turned the ball over and the Mavericks were set to inbound the ball from the sideline. By rule, as soon as the official makes a call on a turnover that results in a side out-of-bounds, the team that gains possession of the ball can inbound as quickly as possible.

Well, after the turnover, the ball went into the hands of a Thunder fan, who refused to give the ball to Dončić. Instead, the Thunder fan rolled the ball to a referee, much to the dismay of the Mavericks star.

As for Dončić, he's hoping that some more things go his way in Game 2 on Thursday night.


Published |Modified
Mike McDaniel

MIKE MCDANIEL

Mike McDaniel is a writer on the Breaking & Trending News Team at Sports Illustrated, where he has worked since January 2022. His work has been featured at InsideTheACC.com, SB Nation, FanSided, and more. Mike hosts the Hokie Hangover Podcast, covering Virginia Tech athletics, as well as Basketball Conference: The ACC Football Podcast. Outside of his professional life, he is a husband, father, and an avid golfer.