The walls of Staples Center were built 20 years ago and remember many things. NBA titles, concerts of famous stars, NHL games, and fights. Disaster this big, I assume, will be engraved in these walls as long as the arena exists. Check out my Dallas Mavericks vs Los Angeles Clippers Review.
“Title contenders”, “best two-way team in the league”,” better side of LA”, those were the nicknames that LA Clippers proudly held. After this night, no objective lover of NBA basketball will ever use it again.
An NBA Record in the first half
The Dallas Mavericks, led by “European wunderkind” Luka Doncic, came to LA to try not to lose. But they never dreamed of setting a new record for the biggest lead at half time. The result was 77-27 at the interval.
Just to mention, Dallas played without Kristaps Porzingis, and the Clippers played without Kawhi Leonard, team leader and best player on the team. No one could assume what the final score would be if those two took part in the game.
Even though, the biggest Mavericks fans couldn’t imagine the difference this large. They topped the Warriors’ record of 47 points lead against the Kings which Golden State set in November 1991. Dallas’ center, Dwight Powell, is the only Mavs’ starter who was born when this game between the Warriors and Kings took place.
Not so amazing statline
If we take a look at the boxscore and don’t bother with the final result, we’ll see one average game by Luka and co. Only Josh Richardson exceeded his season average in points (21pts, 8-13 FG, 48 3PT), while the others were average and put up numbers they managed to get last season or even below it.
Luka Doncic 24pts (8-18 FG, 0-5 3PT, 8-9 FT)
Tim Hardaway Jr. 18pts (7-14 FG, 4-8 3PT)
Only these three scored some double digits worth of mentioning. As you see, it’s good but not a 50-point-difference great. So, what was the problem? The answer is easy – the Clippers.
Los Angeles played the worst game in their franchise history. Minus fifty points in the first half, fifty-one in the end.
They played without Kawhi, though, but they had Ibaka and PG13, and the Clippers should parry Mavs offensively and defensively. However, they managed to fail. Both ways.
The turnover statline on the Clippers side wasn’t so bad (12), and you could think about where they made such a big mistake. The fact they shot 4-33 from beyond the arc is what clears any dilemma. They couldn’t score properly throughout the entire first half and continued in the same rhythm after the break.
With 13 points scored in the opening quarter and 14 in the second, the Los Angeles Clippers looked like some mediocre team from the Euroleague. How they’ll survive this crisis, and where their path ends, we’ll see in the continuation of the new NBA season.
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