Dallas Mavericks: Luka Doncic nets 24 in win over LA Clippers
The Dallas Mavericks faced another difficult game on Sunday afternoon as they stayed in Los Angeles to face the Clippers. Luka Doncic and his team were looking to avoid an 0-3 start to the 2020-2021 season. They were blown out on Christmas Day by the defending champion Lakers. The Mavs needed to bounce back on Dec. 27.
Clippers star Kawhi Leonard was ruled out before tipoff after being elbowed in the face by his teammate Serge Ibaka during their Christmas Day win over the Nuggets. It hurt having their superstar out, but the Clippers were looking to stay undefeated against the Mavericks.
Luka Doncic went off against the team that bounced the Mavs from the playoffs last year. It was a blowout first victory of the season for Dallas. Let us take a look at the 21-year-old star’s best plays.
Luka Doncic drops 24 as Dallas Mavericks blowout the LA Clippers
Doncic had it going from the opening tip on Sunday afternoon. He found Josh Richardson on this beautiful finish early in the first quarter.
The Mavericks blitzed the Clippers in the opening quarter as Doncic was commanding everything. He had 13 points, six rebounds, four assists, and one steal as Dallas dropped 36 points. Luka was getting into the paint and creating easy buckets all over the court. The Mavericks were up by 23 at the close of the quarter as the 21-year-old star went to the bench for a rest.
Doncic and Josh Richardson each had 13 points in the first quarter. See a highlight from both men below including a Luke one-legged fadeaway.
The bench pushed the lead over 40, which allowed coach Rick Carlisle to give Doncic an extended rest. He returned with 3:36 left in the second quarter and went back to work. Luka drilled this beautiful one-legged fade away in the second quarter.
Doncic had 18 points, seven rebounds, four assists, and one steal in 15 first-half minutes as the Mavericks pushed their lead to 50 at halftime. Luka was not letting his team lose three straight, and the Clippers had no answers without Kawhi Leonard.
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