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Game 38 Recap: Mavs vs Clippers

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On Monday, the Dallas Mavericks played the Los Angeles Clippers at the American Airlines Center in a huge game of a two-game series. This is arguably the biggest game for the Mavericks thus far as it would answer many questions surrounding the team. The Mavericks would look to beat yet another tough team in the western conference.

On Saturday, the Dallas Mavericks played the Denver Nuggets in the second road game back from the All-Star break. The Mavericks started this game with their superstars, Luka Doncic and Kristaps Porzingis, back in the lineup after sitting out on the second night of a back-to-back. As a result, the Mavericks received much needed production from their stars as they started to pull away from the Nuggets in the third quarter. The Nuggets tried one last shot at making a comeback in the fourth quarter, but it wasn’t enough as the Mavericks closed it out for a 116-103 victory. Luka Doncic had 21 points and 12 assists while Kristaps Porzingis finished with 25 points and 6 rebounds in a game the Mavericks had to have in regards to seeding in the tough western conference. With the win, the Mavericks record improved to 20-17 on the season, as they now won 12 of their last 16 games and are currently within 3 1/2 games behind the fourth seed.

The Los Angeles Clippers are coming into this game by going 4-6 in their last 10 games. They are recently coming off a 135-115 blowout loss against the New Orleans Pelicans on Sunday to see their record drop to 25-15 on the season. The Clippers are coming into this season with big hopes of trying to make another run at reaching the conference finals. The Clippers are currently struggling that resulted in some costly wins that they needed to have. This team is led by Kawhi Leonard and Paul George as they look to make another crack at it in the playoffs. If their struggles continue, they may need to make some serious changes to their roster to keep their dreams of reaching the conference finals and NBA finals alive.

Coming into this game, the Mavericks won their last meeting with the Clippers 124-73 in overtime on December 27th, 2020 in the Mavericks’ third game of the season. The Mavericks previously gotten swept on their regular season series last season 0-4 against the Los Angeles Clippers. This was the team that eliminated the Mavericks 4-2 in the first round of the playoffs last season in the playoff bubble. If you recall, Luka Doncic put a first round to remember against these Clippers as he averaged 31.8 points, 9.8 rebounds and 8.7 assists per game, including capping off a 40-point triple-double with a game-winning 3-pointer at the buzzer to win 135-133 in overtime. These two teams are no stranger to each other and have recently provided some rememberable performances. Overall, the Mavericks hold the all-time series with a record of 94-66.

The Mavericks started this game by having Dwight Powell sit out due to an illness that wasn’t Covid-19 related but other than that, everyone was ready to play. As a result, the Mavericks went with Doncic, Richardson, Kleber, Finney-Smith and Porzingis as their starting five in this game. The first points in the game would belong to Marcus Morris Sr as he nailed a two pointer for the Clippers to get this game underway. The Mavericks wouldn’t get their first points until the 10:45 mark as Luka Doncic drilled a three pointer to take their first lead in the game at 3-2. The Clippers would quickly reclaim the lead by getting a couple of baskets with Kawhi Leonard nailing a jump shot with 9:30 left in the quarter to take a 8-3 lead. The Mavericks tried to cut into the Clippers lead and they would by having Maxi Kleber drill a three pointer with 8:03 left in the quarter to come within 9-8 of the Clippers. Rick Carlisle would call a timeout with 6:43 left in the quarter to give the Mavericks a breather as the Clippers were leading 12-10. Prior to this timeout, the Mavericks had a tough start as they only made four of their last eight attempts taken thus far. The Clippers had a much better and faster start as they made five of their first nine attempts taken to give them a lead. Coming out of the timeout, the Mavericks turned to Maxi Kleber but couldn’t convert as he missed a three pointer to keep the score at 14-10 with 6:17 left in the quarter. The Clippers would continue their fast start as Paul George nailed a jump shot with 4:56 left in the quarter to extend their lead to 20-10. Rick Carlisle would call a timeout as a result of the fast start with 4:55 left in the quarter. Prior to this timeout, the Clippers were on a 8-0 run as the Mavericks couldn’t make anything on offense. Coming out of the timeout, the Mavericks turned to Josh Richardson but couldn’t convert as he missed a three pointer to keep the score at 20-10 with 4:32 left in the quarter. Tim Hardaway Jr was able to end the Mavericks scoring drought by drilling a three pointer with 3:09 left in the quarter that forced the Clippers to take a timeout as they saw their lead cut to 22-13. Coming out of the timeout, the Clippers turned to Kawhi Leonard as he was able to convert on a jump shot with 2:44 left in the quarter to extend their lead to 24-13. In the final minutes of the quarter, the Clippers were able to take a 31-23 lead into the second quarter. The game leading scorer after one quarter of play would belong to Jalen Brunson as he scored 8 points off the bench for the Mavericks. The Clippers were led by Marcus Morris Sr as he scored 7 points. The slow start by the Mavericks is what costed them the first quarter as the Clippers took advantage of the opportunity. It looked like the Clippers didn’t forget what the Mavericks did to them, earlier in the season.

The second quarter would begin by having Luka Doncic drill a three pointer for the Mavericks to get this quarter underway. The Clippers wouldn’t get their first points until the 11:19 mark as Patrick Patterson nailed a three pointer to extend their lead to 34-26. The Mavericks were able to come within three points of the Clippers as Tim Hardaway Jr nailed a jump shot with 10:34 left in the quarter to come within 34-31 of the Clippers. The Mavericks were trying to make a comeback by getting some good quality possessions on offense as their shots started to fall in the hoop. Rick Carlisle would call a timeout with 7:09 left in the quarter as the Mavericks appeared to be running out of energy with the Clippers leading 41-36. Prior to this timeout, the Clippers were on a 7-5 run that prevented the Mavericks from generating a comeback. Coming out of the timeout, the Mavericks turned to Willie Cauley-Stein as he was able to convert on a alley-oop dunk from Tim Hardaway Jr with 6:59 left in the quarter to come within 41-38 of the Clippers. The Mavericks had multiple chances of taking the lead but couldn’t get their shots to go in as Kawhi Leonard took advantage of the opportunity, that resulted in nailing a jump shot with 4:48 left in the quarter to extend their lead to 43-40. The Mavericks finally took the lead from the Clippers but the Clippers answered right back to go out in front 47-44 on a Reggie Jackson jump shot with 2:51 left in the quarter. The Mavericks once again took the lead from the Clippers as Josh Richardson nailed a jump shot to take a 48-47 lead that resulted in the Clippers calling a timeout with 2:05 left in the quarter. This was the type of game that was expected to be played as it took two quarters for it to happen. In the final minutes of the quarter, the Clippers were able to reclaim the lead from the Mavericks to take a 55-50 lead into halftime. The game leading scorer after two quarters of play would belong to Marcus Morris Sr as he scored 12 points for the Clippers. The Mavericks were led by Luka Doncic as he scored 11 points. The Mavericks clearly dominated the second quarter and they needed it, otherwise it would’ve been an easy blowout for the Clippers. The Mavericks ended the first half by shooting the ball 52.5% on 21-of-40 shooting from the field. The Clippers were just a little bit better as they shot 53.5% on 23-of-43 shooting from the field. This was game was setup to have an enticing finish as it would most likely come down to the wire in the second half.

Coming out of the half, the Mavericks were able to get on the board first in the third quarter by having Kristaps Porzingis nail an alley-oop from Luka Doncic to get this quarter underway. Reggie Jackson was able to score the first points for the Clippers as he nailed a driving layup with 11:13 left in the quarter to extend their lead to 57-52. Rick Carlisle would call a timeout with 10:01 left in the quarter as the Clippers extended their lead to 61-52. Prior to this timeout, the Clippers generated a 6-2 at the start of the quarter as once again the Mavericks were slow out the gate. Coming out of the timeout, the Mavericks turned to Kristaps Porzingis as he was able to convert on a three pointer with 9:44 left in the quarter to come within 61-55 of the Clippers. The Mavericks were able to come within three points of the Clippers on a Luka Doncic fast break layup with 8:05 left in the quarter to come within 63-60 of the Clippers. The Clippers were able to extend their lead to 68-62 with 6:15 left in the quarter on a Reggie Jackson three pointer. The Mavericks had so many opportunities to take over the game, they just couldn’t get their shots to fall on offense. The Clippers were able to extend their lead to 10 points with 4:39 left in the quarter on a Kawhi Leonard three pointer to take a 75-65 lead. The Clippers would call a timeout with 3:19 left in the quarter as the Mavericks were mounting a comeback, however the Clippers were still leading 78-70. Prior to this timeout, Kristaps Porzingis was proving the majority of the spark for the Mavericks by scoring 13 points in the quarter thus far. The Mavericks would certainly need others to pick up the slack if they want to have any hopes of coming out with a victory. Coming out of the timeout, the Clippers turned to Reggie Jackson but couldn’t convert as he missed a three pointer with 3:07 left in the quarter to keep the score at 78-70. In the final minutes of the quarter, the Clippers maintained their lead as they were able to take a 85-78 lead into the fourth quarter. The game leading scorer after three quarters of play would belong to Kristaps Porzingis as he scored 19 points for the Mavericks. The Clippers were led by Marcus Morris Sr as he scored 14 points. There was hardly any free-throws taken by the Mavericks as it took until 1.2 seconds left in the quarter to take their first two attempts in the game. Things started to get chippy as this game would head into the final quarter.

The fourth quarter would begin by having Lou Williams nail a three pointer for the Clippers to get this quarter underway. The Mavericks weren’t able to get their first points until the 10:11 mark by having Luka Doncic nail a jump shot to come within 90-80 of the Clippers. The Clippers would call a timeout with 9:15 left in the game as the Mavericks started to generate a comeback as the Clippers lead was cut to 90-84. Prior to this timeout, the Mavericks were on a 4-0 run to try to steal this game from the Clippers. Coming out of the timeout, the Clippers turned to Paul George as he was able to convert on a three pointer with 8:53 left in the game to extend their lead to 93-84. The Mavericks were able to cut their deficit to six points as a result of Luka Doncic finishing the “three point play” by nailing the “AND ONE” free-throw with 7:09 left in the game to come within 96-90 of the Clippers. The Clippers were able to extend their lead to 11 points as a result of Lou Williams nailing a three pointer that would result in Rick Carlisle calling a timeout with 5:54 left in the game. Prior to this timeout, the Clippers were on a 5-3 run to keep the momentum on their side as they could see the finish line. The Mavericks would quickly need to generate a big run on offense if they want any hopes of winning this game. Coming out of the timeout, the Mavericks turned to Josh Richardson but couldn’t convert as he missed a three pointer with 5:36 left in the game that kept the score at 101-90. A technical foul would be called on the Clippers coach (Ty Lue) for arguing with the Officials with 5:17 left in the game. As a result, Kristaps Porzingis made the technical free-throw to come within 101-91 of the Clippers. The Mavericks quickly cut their deficit to five points as a result of Kristaps Porzingis nailed a jump shot with 4:20 left in the game to come within 101-96 of the Clippers. The Clippers would call a timeout with 3:13 left in the game as the Mavericks cut the Clippers lead to 103-99. The Mavericks had to have a big run to make it a game and they found it by going on a 9-2 run to stay in the game. Coming out of the timeout, the Clippers turned to Kawhi Leonard but couldn’t convert as he missed a jump shot with 3:01 left in the game that kept the score at 103-99. The Clippers would get a huge possession from Kawhi Leonard with 2:08 left in the game as he completed the “three point play” by finishing the “AND ONE” free-throw to extend their lead to 106-99. The Clippers would put the finishing touches on this game as Paul George got revenge on Luka Doncic from nailing the game winning step-back three pointer in the playoffs by doing his own version with 26.3 seconds left in the game that extended their lead to 109-99.

This team looked like they were going to get blowout by the Clippers as they wanted their revenge from last meeting but the Mavericks fixed their slow start to the game by coming within 55-50 of the Clippers at halftime. This was an exciting game as it lived to its expectations. Both teams were fighting hard throughout this game as it felt like it had a playoff feel.

In the end, it was the Los Angeles Clippers defeating the Dallas Mavericks 109-99 to even the season series 1-1. The Mavericks record would drop to 20-18 on the season. Luka Doncic finished the game with another triple-double for his 34th of his career as he finished with 25 points, 16 assists and 10 rebounds in the loss. The Clippers were led by Kawhi Leonard as he finished with 22 points. The Mavericks took just five free-throws in the game, which ties for their fewest in a game in franchise history. The Mavericks couldn’t overcome their slow start and costed them a win in this game. The Clippers were able to get their revenge by getting this win.

The Mavericks will continue to stay at home to face the Los Angeles Clippers again on Wednesday at the American Airlines Center to determine the season series winner. The Mavericks are hoping that there’s some pot of gold at the end of the rainbow on St. Patrick’s Day. Don’t forget to wear green on that day for some good luck as part of the St. Patrick’s Day tradition.

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