He is used to the shine on his face Clippers (He averaged almost 41 points, 10 rebounds and 8 assists in his last five games with them…), Luka Doncic He found one of his favorite “victims” in California. As usual, Super star The Mavericks team failed to score against the LA franchise: 43 points (including 20 in the fourth quarter), 11 rebounds and 7 assists!
The problem is, they’re equally good teammates Kawhi Leonard (33 points, 9 rebounds, 4 steals) was the winner to do again 2020 and 2021 playoffs (113-101). A logical feat for this team (and why not a benchmark?). Los Angelesthis ends a six-game losing streak without ever leading the scoreboard dallas.
WHAT TO REMEMBER
— Kawhi Leonard as a boss. This is usually the type of performance the Clippers need for a revival. Incredibly clean offensively (9/12 shooting, 3/5 on 3/5 and 12/12 on shots), “The Klaw” roamed the Mavericks defense all evening despite holding two. Without Paul George, he took over and immediately got the team on the right track, all aggressive on the circle and half distance. In the second half, he took it upon himself to stifle the Texans’ offense when he needed to, especially with several 3-point baskets (and shots). Just perfect.
— Los Angeles on display. There is no doubt in this matchup because the Clippers knew how to make it easy. Authoritarian, dominant inside and in the paint, in addition to showing a huge address, the Californians did not run away from the score once. Under the leadership of superstar Kawhi Leonard, a brilliant leader of an efficient front five and a productive bench, Tyronn Lue’s players responded by snapping a six-game losing streak. And without too much shaking. Even with the Mavs and Luka Doncic rushing them in the second half.
— Luka Doncic tried everything. It took him a half to get going (12 points, 3/9 on halftime shots), but what a slaughter from the Slovenian once the ten button was pressed… For him, it’s a habit against the Clippers, where we see some of that. “Best Enemies” (Marcus Morris, Terance Mann, Ivica Zubac…). In addition to his 3-point output, the Dallas leader therefore caused misery for the Los Angeles defense, collecting mistakes (and therefore shots) or baskets in the paint and in the middle, despite two apples and a beat. Not enough to topple Los Angeles, but we almost believed in a new miracle…
✅ Norman Powell. More than anyone else, it was “Norm” who emerged as Kawhi Leonard’s number one lieutenant that night. The Clippers, who scored 27 points (in 30 minutes) off the bench, were aggressive and direct on offense, blasting the Texas defense with 3-pointers and success near the rim. Especially in the second quarter (16 points), he allowed his team to take the lead run away 27-9.
⛔ Dallas bench. We could point to the inside zone, the 3-pts address or the Mavericks’ turnover, but it’s hard to ignore the contribution of the Texans substitutes today. He scored a total of 13 points second unit So, Jason Kidd was one of the main weaknesses of the team. Especially since the Clippers scored 43 points against their bench. So Reggie Bullock, Davis Bertans and the rest of Jaden Hardy can feel (partially) responsible for this Mavs loss.
⛔ John Wall. If Tyronn Lue is still struggling to find the right formula with his leaders, simply cutting Reggie Jackson out of his rotation last night, the performance of the five-time All-Star shouldn’t have reassured him either: 5 points and 4 assists in 15 minutes. , but at 2/11 in shots and with a loss of 2 bullets. Aside from his pumps, Wall wandered the floor like a lost soul every time he entered the game. When compared to Terrance Mann’s recent performance, both in terms of energy, offensively and defensively, we think there might be some evil. deep in the former Wizards star’s head.
Los Angeles (22-21) : Pickup from Denver, Friday through Saturday night (04:00).
Dallas (23-19) : Lakers visit, Thursday night (04:00).