In a must-win Game 5 of the Western Conference finals for the Dallas Mavericks, Luka Dončić had a first half to forget against the Warriors at Chase Center on Thursday night.
Dončić scored six points on 2-of-12 shooting before halftime, and when the third quarter started, his struggles continued while the Warriors extended their lead, causing the Mavericks' superstar to lose his cool.
After Klay Thompson drained a 3-pointer to give the Warriors a 74-53 lead a little less than two minutes into the third quarter, the Mavericks called a timeout and Dončić kicked a chair on the bench in frustration.
Dončić has a history of performing well in elimination games during his brief NBA career, but his effort early in Game 5 wasn't at the level it needed to be and he knew it.
The good news for Dončić and the Mavericks is that he stepped it up late in the third quarter, hitting a barrage of 3-pointers to get Dallas back in the game. He finished with 15 points in the period.
That chair kick appears to have gotten Dončić going.