James Harden scored only eight points and provided seven assists. Kawhi Leonard struggled initially, missing his first nine shots, but eventually finished with eight points for the Clippers. Despite not having all four of their stars performing at their best, the Clippers secured a comfortable victory over the typically high-scoring Mavericks, with Russell Westbrook contributing 14 points, eight rebounds, and seven assists. The standout performer for the Clippers was Paul George, who scored consistently throughout the game.
Luka Doncic contributed 30 points, and Kyrie Irving scored 26 for the Mavs. Despite having two days off in Los Angeles after defeating the Lakers on Wednesday, Dallas had its lowest-scoring game of the season for the second time in a row, unable to reach 100 points for the first time.
Norman Powell, scoring 15 points with three 3-pointers, played a crucial role as the Clippers bounced back from a recent home loss to New Orleans. This victory showcased the team’s diverse strengths, highlighting the various ways they can win, especially with the addition of Harden to a roster already brimming with talent.
Paul George contributed 15 points as Los Angeles established an 18-point lead in the first half. Luka Doncic countered with 17 points in the second quarter, preventing the Clippers from pulling away and keeping the game close.
Mavericks struggle in the third quarter
Dallas went through a tough stretch, missing 13 consecutive shots and remaining scoreless for over 5 1/2 minutes in the third quarter. This allowed the Clippers to build a substantial lead, stretching it to 24 points.
Kawhi Leonard struggled initially, missing his first nine shots before finally making a baseline jumper late in the third quarter. He ended the game shooting 2 for 12, failing to connect on all five of his 3-point attempts. James Harden’s only two field goals came from 3-pointers.
Luka Doncic seemed to injure his hand in the opening minute, showing discomfort as he returned to defend, but he continued playing through it. He struggled with his 3-point shots, making only one out of eight attempts.