LA Clippers at Dallas Mavericks

· NBA In-Season Tournament - Group Play
3-5, 0-5 Away
126 - 144

7-2, 4-1 Home
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Luka Doncic scores 44 points in Mavericks' 144-126 tournament win over Clippers

Luka cooks the Clippers for 44 points in hyperefficient performance

Doncic was 17 of 21 from the field, going 6 of 9 from 3-point range. Kyrie Irving added 27 points, hitting 5 of 8 3-pointers, to help Dallas improve to 1-1 in the tournament after an opening loss at Denver.

“I keep saying, it’s not just us two,” Doncic said about himself and Irving. “We get stops. Everybody contributes. So, it’s not just two of us. Everybody helps us.”

The Mavericks took control with a 47-18 second period and a 33-4 run in the first half that included 17 consecutive points, eight to finish the first quarter and nine to begin the second quarter. Their largest lead was 32 points early in the third period. They reached 100 points with 4 1/2 minutes in the third and finished with their highest point total of the season.

Kawhi Leonard led the Clippers, who have dropped four straight overall, with 26 points in their tournament opener. Harden, who joined the team last week following a Nov. 1 trade from Philadelphia, had 14 points — all in the first quarter. Russell Westbrook also had 14.

“First quarter, felt really good on both ends of the ball,” Harden said. “From there, it just went downhill. Trying to find a balance of not trying to step on anyone’s toes but just trying to, like, still be aggressive myself.”

Harden stressed that it’s still early in his transition to the Clippers and he’s still trying to figure out “everything.”

“I didn’t have a training camp. I didn’t have a preseason,” Harden said. "Everything is still moving fast speed for me. Need about a 10-game window, then kind of see where I am.”

Clippers coach Tyronn Lue said a key to Harden’s success will involve keeping a big man on the floor with him. Los Angeles currently uses more smaller lineups than usual with backup center Mason Plumlee lost for a period of months with an MCL sprain.

“Because of the way he runs pick and rolls,” Lue said. “He can get downhill and make every play.”

Los Angeles' Paul George was held to eight points. Leonard, Westbrook, Harden and George didn’t play in the fourth period.

The Clippers scored the first eight points and led 31-19 before the Mavericks took over. Dallas led 77-51 at the half, 10 points more than its previous highest-scoring first half.

The Mavericks came off their first home loss of the season, 127-116 to Toronto on Wednesday.

“I think it was a great bounce-back game,” Dallas coach Jason Kidd said. “Luka set the tone, Kai, those two set the tone tonight, and the guys followed.”

The game wasn’t played on the Mavericks’ special court for the tournament because of what the NBA called a “manufacturing issue” with the court.


Clippers: Host Memphis on Sunday.

Mavericks: At New Orleans on Sunday night for a regular game and Tuesday night for a tournament game.

Regular Season Series

DAL leads series 1-0

Matchup Prediction

Mavericks: 49.5%
Clippers: 50.5%
*According to ESPN's Basketball Power Index

Recent Plays

4th 0.0 End of Game 126 - 144
4th 0.0 End of the 4th Quarter 126 - 144
4th 20.0 Bones Hyland makes 3-foot driving floating jump shot 126 - 144
4th 34.2 Dwight Powell makes layup (Dante Exum assists) 124 - 144
4th 43.0 Moussa Diabate makes two point shot 124 - 142

43-88 FG 51-98
48.9 Field Goal % 52.0
8-27 3PT 19-42
29.6 Three Point % 45.2
32-36 FT 23-26
88.9 Free Throw % 88.5
47 Rebounds 41
19 Offensive Rebounds 15
28 Defensive Rebounds 26
21 Assists 30
7 Steals 7
2 Blocks 1
14 Turnovers 8
0 Team Turnovers 1
14 Total Turnovers 9
4 Technical Fouls 1
4 Total Technical Fouls 1
0 Flagrant Fouls 0
20 Points Off Turnovers 13
15 Fast Break Points 15
62 Points in Paint 50
27 Fouls 23
12 Largest Lead 32

Game Information

American Airlines Center

Location: Dallas, TX
Attendance: 20,377 · Capacity:

2023-24 Pacific Standings

LA Clippers 36 17 .679 - W1
Phoenix 33 22 .600 4 W2
Sacramento 31 23 .574 5.5 W1
LA Lakers 30 26 .536 7.5 W3
Golden State 27 26 .509 9 W1

2023-24 Southwest Standings

New Orleans - 22 W3 0.6 33
Dallas 1 23 W6 0.58181816 32
Houston 8.5 30 L1 0.44444445 24
Memphis 13.5 36 W2 0.35714287 20
San Antonio 22 44 L1 0.2 11
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