3 Studs, 2 duds in Mavericks’ blowout win against Clippers

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In a highly anticipated matchup, the Dallas Mavericks defeated the LA Clippers 144-126 last night.

Luka Doncic and Kyrie Irving were the stars of the show, as they combined for 71 points in the blowout win.

At the end of the first quarter the Mavs trailed the Clippers 33-30. It was in the second quarter where the “LuKai” duo would takeover as the Mavs would outscore the Clippers 47-18.

3 Studs, 2 duds in Mavericks’ blowout win against Clippers

The Mavericks shot 45.2 percent from three and 88.5 percent from the free-throw line.

After the win, the Mavs remain the second seed in the Western Conference with a record of 7-2.

Here are your three studs and two duds from the win.

Honorable Mention: Dante Exum

After a solid performance against the Raptors, Dante Exum continued to shine for the Mavericks in the home win.

Exum has quickly proven to Jason Kidd and the coaching staff that he’s worthy of getting playing time as he dominated both sides of the floor last night.

In his 18 minutes of play, Exum had eight points, six assists and two rebounds, while also shooting a solid 2-3 from the 3-point line.

Expect Exum to stay in the rotation as the Mavs will need all of the facilitating possible on Sunday night as they face the New Orleans Pelicans.

5. Stud - Derrick Jones Jr.

The story of the year has been how the Mavs got the steal of the offseason by signing Derrick Jones Jr. to a veteran minimum deal.

Since arriving in Dallas, Jones Jr. has done everything the Mavs have asked for.

Jones Jr. led the team in plus-minus, with a plus 36 in the win.

The starting small forward also managed to put up his first career double-double with 11 points, 10 rebounds, three assists, and three steals.

In the middle of the third quarter, Jones Jr. attacked the basket off a missed Irving layup and threw down the hammer over Paul George to extend the Mavs lead and get the AAC crowd on their feet.

With the way Jones Jr. has been performing, Mavs fans should be giving Nico Harrison and Jason Kidd heavy props for not only signing him but trusting his playstyle enough to be in the starting lineup.

With poor play from Josh Green lately, expect DJJ to continue to get heavy minutes in the upcoming games.