Kawhi Leonard scored 36 factors, Paul George added 29 and the Los Angeles Clippers spoiled Luka Doncic’s dwelling playoff debut, beating the Dallas Mavericks 118-108 to get again within the first-round playoff collection
DALLAS — Kawhi Leonard scored 36 factors, Paul George added 29 and the Los Angeles Clippers spoiled Luka Doncic’s dwelling playoff debut, beating the Dallas Mavericks 118-108 on Friday night time to get again within the first-round playoff collection.
The Clippers bounced again from two losses at dwelling by withstanding an enormous early surge by the Mavericks in entrance of their greatest — and loudest — crowd by far this season. Dallas takes a 2-1 collection lead into Sport 4 on Sunday night time.
Doncic fed the frenzy of 17,705 followers, greater than 3 times the dimensions of any crowd in a season that began with an empty enviornment, by making his first 4 pictures, three of them 3-pointers, on his strategy to a playoff career-high 44 factors as Dallas took a 30-11 lead.
LA’s 14-0 run erased a lot of the deficit earlier than the top of the primary quarter, and George gave the Clippers their first lead on a 3-pointer within the second quarter.
The Clippers ended a five-game postseason shedding streak going again to final yr’s Florida playoff bubble, when LA beat Dallas in six video games within the first spherical earlier than blowing a 3-1 lead within the second spherical towards Denver.
Leonard made his first eight pictures — three of them on the 14-0 run that quieted the gang — and George scored 22 factors earlier than halftime on 10-of-13 taking pictures.
Marcus Morris hit three nook 3s in entrance of the Dallas bench within the fourth quarter to assist the Clippers keep comfortably in entrance.
Morris turned to speak to the Dallas gamers slightly extra with every make, lastly getting a technical on the third one after giving LA a 112-110 lead with lower than 4 minutes remaining. He fouled out moments later however had already completed his injury with 9 of his 15 factors within the fourth.
That wasn’t the one chippy second.
Doncic and Patrick Beverley obtained double technicals after a short skirmish within the first half, and Dallas middle Willie Cauley-Stein was known as for a flagrant foul and a technical in separate run-ins with Terance Mann.
The primary dwelling playoff recreation for the Mavericks in 5 years was additionally the primary at American Airways Heart for everybody on their roster besides Dwight Powell, who performed simply three minutes late. The nerves may need proven.
Whereas Doncic already had his third 30-point recreation of the collection earlier than the fourth quarter, the supporting solid wasn’t almost as efficient because it was in LA.
Kristaps Porzingis scored six factors within the first 5 minutes however simply three the remainder of the way in which. He and Dorian Finney-Smith had been 3 of 10 from the sphere, and Tim Hardaway Jr. was 4 of 14 and scored 12 factors after averaging 25 within the first two video games.
Clippers: F Serge Ibaka did not play due to a again damage that sidelined him for 30 consecutive regular-season video games earlier than he performed the ultimate two. Ibaka performed the primary two video games of the collection however was restricted to 6 minutes in Sport 2. … Reggie Jackson was the opposite LA participant in double figures with 16.
Mavericks: Dirk Nowitzki attended once more after displaying up for Sport 2 in Los Angeles. He and J.J. Barea, one other member of the 2011 championship workforce, obtained enormous ovations when proven on the video board. … The Mavericks held a COVID-19 vaccination drive exterior the sector till about halftime and plan to do the identical for Sport 4. … Maxi Kleber and Jalen Brunson scored 14 factors apiece. … Doncic had 9 rebounds and 9 assists.
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