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Mavs set NBA record at half en route to blowout victory vs Clippers

 By Girald Gaston

Dallas Mavericks star Luka Doncic and Los Angeles Clippers star Paul George (PHOTO: Rappler)

Dallas Mavericks recorded the largest margin of at the half in NBA History, to demolish the Kawhi-less Los Angeles Clippers, 124-73, Sunday night at Staples Center, Los Angeles.

Mavericks, led by Luka Doncic, had enough firepower to set an NBA mark 50-point drubbing after two quarters, to cruise to their first win after three tries in the young season.

Doncic spearheaded the Mavs attack with game-high 24 markers, while Josh Richardson and Tim Hardaway Jr. added 21 and 18, respectively. Dallas kept their dominance in the second half, and retained the 50-point hole at the end of the game.

There’s no huge secret,” Richardson said. “We just got up and played well. We played with a sense of urgency.”

Mavericks hammered the nail in the coffin early in the game with a 77-27 cushion, the largest at the break in the shot-clock era, which began in 1954-1955.

The Slovenian star had 18 points, seven rebounds and four assists in the first half. He tied the 13-point scoring output of Clippers in the first quarter. Mavs converted in almost all their possession in two quarters while forcing the Clippers into 9 of 37 field-goal shooting.

Dallas head coach Rick Carlisle emphasized that Mavs should be consistent in the second half.

“The challenge is to maintain that level of competitiveness,” he said. “Our guys established a standard for collective toughness and will that we need to find a way to maintain.”

Clippers started the third quarter on a 10-0 blast to get within 40 points. The Mavs answered the call as they connected to on four consecutive 3-pointers — three of which came from Hardaway Jr. — to restore their deficit to 50. Dallas were ahead 104-57 entering the last period.

Doncic flirted with another triple-double, as he finished with nine rebounds and eight assists. He totaled 83 points in their three games of the season, two were losses.

"We showed who we are. People judge us like first two games of season, it’s a long season,” Doncic said. “We got to keep going like that. We got to play defense.”

In the fourth quarter, former Clipper Boban Marjanovic cashed a jumper to extend the run to 12-0 , that pushed the Mavs to their largest lead of 57, 120-63.

Mavs were accurate from the field, shooting 49 percent and made 14 total 3-pointers. They outrebounded the Clippers 54-36 whole match.

Paul George led the Clippers in a losing effort with 15 points before resting in the entire second half, while Serge Ibaka added 13 points and nine rebounds after three quarters in team’s first loss. On Friday night, Ibaka accidentally elbowed Kawhi Leonard in the mouth, causing their star's unavailability in their lopsided defeat.

Dallas will host Charlotte Hornets on Wednesday. Clippers will stay for the second of their three-game home stand against Minnesota on Tuesday.


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