Luka Doncic was a man on a mission matching the entire Clippers’ team point total after one quarter with 13 points, and it set the tone the rest of the way.
0: The number of points the Mavericks needed to score in the second half to beat the Clippers
That’s how dominant the Mavericks were in the first half, outscoring the Clippers by 50 to take a 77-27 lead into the break. It was the largest lead at the half in the history of the NBA. Doncic paved the way with 18 points, four assists and seven rebounds, and the Clippers struggled mightily to connect from anywhere on the floor resulting in the first half massacre.
50: The percentage Josh Richardson, Dorian Finney-Smith and Tim Hardaway Jr. combined to shoot from three
What a welcomed sight after two poor shooting performances from the wing trio in the season’s first two games. The group combined to shoot 11-of-37 from distance in the first two games, so it’s no surprise the Mavericks offense looked unstoppable with all three flaming from behind the arc. Doncic continued to serve them looks on a silver platter, and tonight they connected. There will be games where they struggle from deep, but hopefully the games all three of them struggle are few and far between.
30: The amount the Mavericks outscored the Clippers from three
That’s quite the discrepancy as the Clippers connected on only four of their 33 tries (12.1 percent) while the Mavericks canned 14 of their 41 attempts (34.1 percent). Paul George, who came into Sunday afternoon’s game smoldering from deep, missed all six of his attempts, while Luke Kennard was the only starter to make his triple. In all the Clippers starters went 1-of-19 from three while the Mavericks starters went 10-of-25.