Doncic and Mavs beat Clippers 127-121, take 2-0 collection lead

Luka Doncic scored 39 factors, Tim Hardaway Jr. added 28 and the Dallas Mavericks once more outshot the NBA’s greatest 3-point group in a 127-121 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers to take a 2-0 lead within the first-round playoff collection

LOS ANGELES — Luka Doncic scored 39 factors, Tim Hardaway Jr. added 28 and the Dallas Mavericks once more outshot the NBA’s greatest 3-point group in a 127-121 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers on Tuesday evening to take a 2-0 lead within the first-round playoff collection.

Kristaps Porzingis added 20 factors and Maxi Kleber had 13. Hardaway hit a playoff career-high six 3-pointers and Doncic had 5 as Dallas was 18 of 34 from long-range. The Mavs made 17 3-pointers in profitable Recreation 1 on Saturday.

The Clippers had been led by Kawhi Leonard, who scored 30 of his 41 within the first half. Paul George had 28 factors and 12 rebounds.

Recreation 3 is Friday in Dallas.

The Clippers threw nearly each physique they’d at Doncic in an effort to gradual the participant that burned them with a triple-double in Recreation 1. However as soon as once more, the All-Star bought loads of assist from his supporting solid.

The Clippers, who led the league with 41% 3-point taking pictures, went 13 of 33 from lengthy vary. They regained their contact within the fourth, after they made 5 and twice minimize their deficit to 4 factors, however Josh Richardson made 4 straight free throws over the ultimate 21 seconds to protect the victory.

George was simply 1 of seven from lengthy vary. The Clippers made 11 3-pointers in Recreation 1.

Dallas led by 13 within the fourth on a 3-pointer by Porzingis.

The Clippers minimize their deficit to 114-109 on two 3-pointers by Marcus Morris, sandwiched round George’s dunk. However Morris quickly fouled out. Doncic scored on consecutive drives and Porzingis dunked with George chasing him for a 120-111 lead.

Leonard made his fourth 3-pointer and Terance Mann scored to attract the Clippers inside 4, however Hardaway hit from lengthy vary.

The Mavs dominated the third, outscoring the Clippers 30-19 to take a 101-92 lead into the fourth. They made 5 3-pointers, with Hardaway hitting one to open the quarter and Doncic hitting one to finish it. In between, the Clippers missed photographs, together with George’s miss on a wide-open dunk. George and Morris picked up their third fouls.

Similar to in Recreation 1, the Mavs bought off to a powerful begin. They led by 9 on their method to hitting 5 3-pointers within the first, after they made 15 of 24 photographs.

Leonard carried the Clippers within the first half with 30 factors, probably the most he is scored in both half of a postseason sport.

The groups had been tied 9 occasions within the second quarter, with Rajon Rondo’s basket giving the Clippers a 73-71 lead at halftime.

TIP-INS

Mavericks: Doncic’s 31 factors, 10 rebounds and 11 assists in Recreation 1 made him the primary participant in NBA historical past with three triple-doubles in his first seven profession playoff video games.

Clippers: Leonard’s 18 factors within the first had been his most in 1 / 4 within the postseason. … Their 73 factors was the second-most scored within the first half of a postseason sport in franchise historical past. … Kansas Metropolis Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes, a Texas native, talked with Corridor of Famer Jerry West at halftime. Doncic ran over to commerce greetings with Mahomes as the group heckled him.

PORZINGIS FINED

Porzingis was fined $50,000 for violating the league’s COVID-19 rule banning gamers from coming into nightclubs or comparable companies. It mentioned he was at a membership Sunday, a day after the Mavericks’ 113-103 win in Recreation 1. The NBA mentioned the violation by Porzingis didn’t create dangers associated to the unfold of the virus and a quarantine wasn’t obligatory. The rule bars gamers from coming into nightclubs no matter their vaccination standing. Coach Rick Carlisle mentioned the matter was addressed internally.

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