Luka Dončić Had Such a Classy Gesture Toward Dereck Lively II After Mavericks’ Win

Luka Doncic (left) offers to hand his Western Conference Finals MVP trophy to teammate Dereck Lively II after the Dallas Mavericks' 124—103 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves in Game 5 on Thursday night at the Target Center.
Luka Doncic (left) offers to hand his Western Conference Finals MVP trophy to teammate Dereck Lively II after the Dallas Mavericks' 124—103 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves in Game 5 on Thursday night at the Target Center. / Screengrab Twitter @BleacherReport

Luka Doncic showed out on the court in Game 5 of the Western Conference finals against the Minnesota Timberwolves, racking up a 30-point triple double to help the Dallas Mavericks secure an NBA Finals berth.

Doncic, whose 36 points tied for the team lead with Kyrie Irving, took home Western Conference finals MVP honors in the process. But it was a move Doncic made off the court that may have been even more impressive than his play on it.

Walking through the bowels of the Target Center, Doncic, carrying his MVP trophy, offered the award up to Mavericks center Dereck Lively II in a classy gesture that was caught on camera by Ben Golliver of The Washington Post.

Doncic clearly felt that Lively, who scored nine points on perfect 3 of 3 shooting from the field while blocking three shots, was equally deserving of the award.

But Doncic also likely wanted the rookie center, who has endured quite a bit over the last month, to receive some recognition. On April 12, the day of the final regular season game, Lively lost his mother, Kathy Drysdale, after a battle with cancer.

Then, Lively took a blow to the head during the Mavericks' Game 3 win over the Timberwolves, remaining on the ground with trainers examining him before he ultimately left the game.

Lively has gone through—and is going through—a lot. But having teammates like Doncic, who clearly think of him and care, certainly helps.

Doncic, Lively and the Mavericks will now take on the Boston Celtics in Game 1 of the NBA Finals, which begin on Thursday, June 6.


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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.