The Dallas Mavericks defeated the LA Clippers 127-121 at the Staples Center on Tuesday night. It was their second straight win behind another incredible performance from Luka Doncic. The 22-year-old superstar had 39 points and channeled Mavericks GOAT Dirk Nowitzki in the victory.
Dallas has the Clippers on the ropes after two games, but the series is far from over. The Mavs still need to win two of potentially five games to take the series. Kawhi Leonard and Paul George were both outstanding in Game 2. There is no way the Clippers are going down without a fight. It is championship or bust for LA, so expect a few haymakers to come.
Nobody expected the Mavericks to be ahead two games to zero before the series shifted to Dallas. Here is a closer look at what is behind their early success against the Clippers.
What has pushed the Dallas Mavericks to a 2-0 lead over the LA Clippers?
The Mavs continue to win the little battles within the game. They have dominated the minutes with the starting fives on the floor in the two meetings. All five Mavericks starters have finished in the plus in both games with all five Clippers being in the negatives. Dallas won the rebound battle in Game 1 before having more assists and fewer turnovers in Game 2. It is the little things that are lifting the Mavs.
The Dallas Mavericks have also dominated three key areas to go up two games to zero. Here is a closer look at each.
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