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Basketball Star Unintentionally Injures Child, Hands over Unforgettable Gift Immediately After Game

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Dallas Mavericks rookie Luka Doncic has been impressive on the basketball court this year, but Saturday night against the Golden State Warriors, he made a really nice move off it, too.

Well, maybe not completely off the court.

With a little under five minutes left in the third quarter and the Mavs trailing 76-75, Doncic went for a breakaway layup but was well defended by Draymond Green.

Doncic missed the layup and went crashing out of bounds. On his way down, he ran into a young boy who was sitting courtside. Doncic did not land on him with the full force of his 6’7″, 218-pound frame, but he did run into him before falling off to the side.

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The youngster was stunned and a bit hurt, so while the play went on and the Warriors took the ball back up the court, Doncic stayed behind to make sure he was OK. Doncic stayed for a few moments, patting the boy on the head.

After the game, Doncic made another classy move, signing his jersey and giving it to the boy.

The boy wasn’t the only one hurt; Doncic was shaken up, too. It appears he hurt his hip when he went tumbling to the floor on the play.

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He walked back to the court limping. While he played through it, he left the game a few minutes later. Doncic did return in the fourth quarter, but only for a couple of minutes. He had no points the rest of the way.

“I don’t know what I hit,” Doncic said after the game, per The Dallas Morning News. “I know I hit the kid, but something else, too. We’ll see how it is tomorrow.”

Doncic ended up with a right hip contusion, according to It didn’t appear to be serious, but his status for Sunday’s game against Portland was uncertain.

Before Saturday’s contest, Doncic had some fun with his teammate, DeAndre Jordan, stealing his phone and bombarding it with selfies. Jordan posted the results to Instagram.

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Doncic wound up with 19 points in the 120-116 loss. Wesley Matthews led the Mavs with 25 points. Kevin Durant had 29 points for the Warriors, while Jonas Jerebko added in 23 points.

It was the fifth straight loss for the Mavericks, who fell to 15-16. Golden State improved to 22-11.

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Dave is a lifelong sports fan who has been writing for The Wildcard since 2017. He has been a writer for more than 20 years for a variety of publications.
Dave has been writing about sports for The Wildcard since 2017. He's been a reporter and editor for over 20 years, covering everything from sports to financial news. In addition to writing for The Wildcard, Dave has covered mutual funds for Pensions and Investments, meetings and conventions, money market funds, personal finance, associations, and he currently covers financial regulations and the energy sector for Macallan Communications. He has won awards for both news and sports reporting.
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