Luka Doncic Scores 31 Factors, Mavs Beat Clippers 113-102 in Sport 1 – NBC Los Angeles
Luka Doncic scored 31 factors and the Dallas Mavericks outshot the NBA’s main group from 3-point vary, beating the Los Angeles Clippers 113-102 on Saturday in Sport 1 of the first-round playoff sequence.
Tim Hardaway Jr. added 21 factors and Dorian Finney-Smith had 18 for the Mavs, who led a lot of the recreation. Doncic and Hardaway Jr. made 5 3-pointers every, and Finney-Smith had 4 to assist Dallas shoot 47% from long-range.
Kawhi Leonard had 26 factors and 10 rebounds for the Cliuppers, and Paul George added 23 factors. However they had been a mixed 3 of 14 on 3-pointers and the Clippers shot 31% after main the NBA at 41% in the course of the common season. Marcus Morris missed all six of his 3-point makes an attempt.
Sport 2 is Tuesday evening at Staples Middle.
The Clippers didn’t make greater than three 3-pointers in 1 / 4 till the fourth, after they hit 4. Dallas managed the closing minutes, stretching a three-point lead into 10. The Clippers had been restricted on discipline objective — a dunk by George — within the closing minutes.
The Clippers tied it at 60 early within the third on Patrick Beverley’s 3-pointer earlier than the Mavs scored eight in a row to go up 68-60.
Leonard drew the Clippers inside two on a steal and one-handed jam that left Maxi Kleber sliding throughout the baseline on his rear. However Finney-Smith scored on George’s turnover and Doncic hit a 3, conserving the Mavs forward 86-80 to finish the third.
Trailing by 10, the Clippers outscored the Mavs 26-13 over the tip of the primary and begin of the second quarter to take their first lead. Rajon Rondo capped the spurt with back-to-back 3-pointers.
Beverley made consecutive baskets that put the Clippers forward by 4, however Dallas answered in a rush. The Mavs ran off 11 straight factors — together with three 3-pointers by Doncic and Hardaway — to steer 60-55 going into halftime.
The Mavs got here out charging, hitting six of their first 9 photographs and shortly main by 12 factors. The Clippers had defenders of their faces as they missed 9 of their first 11 makes an attempt, with George tossing up airballs in each quarters.
Mavericks: Kleber had six factors and 9 rebounds after lacking six of his final eight regular-season video games with a sore proper Achilles. … Each Rick Carlisle and Tyronn Lue coached with out masks on, one thing the league accredited earlier within the day.
Clippers: Cardboard cutouts had been added to make the decrease bowl seem filled with followers, though attendance continues to be restricted by pandemic guidelines.