The Dallas Mavericks beat the Los Angeles Clippers 113-103 in Game 1 at the Staples Center.
Luka Doncic finished with 31 points, 10 rebounds, and 11 assists in the game, marking his third triple-double in seven playoff games.
"This is his time of year. He's one of the smartest basketball players you will ever meet at any age at any level," said Rick Carlisle after the game.
Doncic averaged 1.43 points per play on pick and rolls where he was the main ballhandler and Ivica Zubac guarding the screener. Doncic scored 15 points with Zubac the closest defender, according to ESPN.
Doncic said his play was a matter of reading the defense.
"When they don't double, attack it. When they double, there's someone who's going to be open. I've just got to read the game," said Doncic.
Dorian Finney-Smith also talked about the importance of recognizing the double-teams.
"When Luka gets going, I just try to stay ready, because I know they're about to start trapping," said Finney-Smith, who scored 18 points. "That's when he gets to finding people, slinging the ball across the court, finding guys when we're open. I just know they're going to send two guys at Luka. You've just got to be ready to shoot."