The Dallas Mavericks (33-23) defeated the Los Angeles Clippers (27-30) Thursday at American Airlines Center as Luka Doncic scored a career-high 51 points to go with nine rebounds and six assists in 40 minutes on the floor. His previous career-high was 46 points.
Doncic shot 17-of-26 from the field, including 7-of-14 shooting from beyond the arc, making all his 3-pointers during the opening frame. He also added one steal and one block on a night that saw Dallas control the game from the opening tip.
Mavericks never lost the lead vs Clippers
Mavs opened the score and never lost the lead after that, finishing the first quarter with an 8-point lead. From then on, Doncic and company extended the lead to as much as 17, and every time Clippers seemed to be making a substantial scoring run, Mavericks responded to keep control of the ball game.
Marcus Morris Sr. led Clippers in scoring with 21 points, trailed by Norman Powell‘s 19, Reggie Jackson with 18, Terance Mann‘s 13, and Nicolas Batum with 10. Newly-acquired Robert Covington only scored four points in 10 minutes off the bench.
No Porzingis, no problem
For Dallas, Doncic took over by creating most of his shots on the day that saw Kristaps Porzingis get traded to the Washington Wizards. Only Dorian Finney-Smith, Jalen Brunson and Reggie Bullock got into double-digit scoring for Mavs, with a respective 12, 11, and 11 points.
Mavericks are the No. 5 seed of the Western Conference standings, and will look to continue its 4-game win streak on Saturday as they host the Clippers once again. The Clip Show is currently on a 3-game skid and are the No. 8 seed of the West, one game above the Los Angeles Lakers.