Sometimes, even the great ones get got.
Andrew Wiggins turned on the afterburners when he took flight and threw down a ridiculous one-handed slam on Luka Doncic Sunday.
After the Warriors took a commanding 3-0 series lead with a 109-100 victory over the Mavericks, the Dallas superstar gave an honest reaction to the dunk.
"I got hit a little bit," Doncic said. "But that was impressive, I'm not gonna lie. I saw a video of it and I was like, 'Oof.' That was pretty incredible. I wish I had those bunnies."
That's major respect right there from Luka, who finished with 40 points and 11 rebounds after dropping 42 points in Game 2.
As Luka noted to start his answer, he felt contact with Wiggins on the way up. Doncic initially got a charge called on Wiggins before a successful challenge from Warriors coach Steve Kerr reversed the call and preserved the dunk.
The tenor of this series has been different for the Warriors.
After bruising its way through a rough-and-tumble six-game series with the Memphis Grizzlies, Golden State and Dallas haven’t had nearly as much drama. Sure, there was the Damion Lee/Davis Bertrans scuffle in Game 2 and there’s been some extracurricular activity with the Mavericks’ bench resulting in $100,000 fines, but for the most part, both sides have shown mutual respect.
At one point in the contest Sunday night, Draymond Green even helped Luka up off the floor after stepping on his foot and making him trip. Draymond also called Luka a future Hall of Famer after the game.
“I appreciate you asking me about that,” Draymond told a reporter after the game. “Everyone thinks I’m a bad person. I think I stepped on his foot or something, which made him fall. And if I just take off running, to me that feels cheap. I hate cheap stuff on a basketball court, and so I helped him up. I made him fall, so I should help him up.”
Granted, Draymond also said Wiggins' dunk meant more because it happened on a high-profile player like Luka.
This isn’t the first time Luka tipped his cap to Wiggins and the Warriors, as he commended the Dubs after they bottled him up for 20 points (including just two in the second half) during a Game 1 drubbing.