NBA Basketball

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Final 1 2 3 4 Tot
LA Clippers 34 28 31 21 114
Dallas 27 19 31 22 99
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5:30 PM PT6:30 PM MT7:30 PM CT8:30 PM ET1:30 GMT9:30 6:30 PM MST8:30 PM EST5:30 UAE (+1)02:3020:30 ET7:30 PM CT23:30 , November 26, 2019
American Airlines Center, Dallas, Texas  Attendance: 20,407

Star-studded Clippers visit blazing-hot Doncic, Mavericks

According to STATS
According to STATS

Los Angeles Clippers at Dallas Mavericks

  1. The home team has won all nine meetings since the start of the 2017 calendar year. During the Clippers' current four-game losing streak in Dallas, they've averaged just 96.3 points -- exactly 10 fewer than the Mavericks -- while shooting 40.1 percent from the field.
  2. These teams are within a half-game of each other in the Western Conference standings and both are riding five-game winning streaks. It is the Mavericks' longest win streak since a six-game run from March 28-April 8, 2016. Since that time, the Clippers have had nine winning streaks of five games or more.
  3. Dallas has scored more than 135 points in three straight games, the first team to accomplish that feat since the Steve Nash-led Suns in February 2009. No team has scored 135+ in four consecutive games since the Clyde Drexler-led Blazers in November 1990.
  4. Luka Doncic had 41 points Sunday to join Dirk Nowitzki, Jamal Mashburn and Mark Aguirre as the only Mavs ever to score 30+ in four straight games (Aguirre is the only one to do it in five straight). Doncic also joined Michael Jordan, Russell Westbrook and James Harden as the only players in the last 35 years to have four straight games with 30+ points and 10+ assists.
  5. Paul George's 16 three-point attempts Sunday tied Lou Williams' franchise record set on January 10, 2018. George has attempted 60 three-pointers in six games since returning from injury and has made 25; Williams is the only Clipper ever to have more threes made (27) or attempted (62) in a six-game span.
  6. Los Angeles has lost four straight road games since winning its first one of the season at Golden State. The Clippers have not started 1-5 (or worse) on the road since
(AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

Two days after dispatching a pair of superstars at Houston, the Dallas Mavericks will hit the court at home Tuesday night in an attempt to pull off the same type of feat.

The Mavericks will play host to Kawhi Leonard, Paul George and the Los Angeles Clippers, fresh off Dallas' 137-123 victory Sunday over James Harden, Russell Westbrook and the Rockets.

Luka Doncic and Co. continue to impress as they will enter on a five-game winning streak that started after a surprise defeat to the New York Knicks on Nov. 14.

Against the Rockets, the Mavericks started fast with a 45-point first quarter and never looked back, although the Rockets did get within five points on multiple occasions early in the fourth quarter before Dallas put it away.

Doncic will face the Clippers after blitzing the Rockets for 41 points and 10 assists. Tim Hardaway Jr. had a season-best 31 points and Kristaps Porzingis had 23 points with 13 rebounds.

The Mavericks are getting it done with one of the best offenses in the NBA, scoring 119.1 points per game, while also delivering on the boards with 47.8 rebounds per game. During their winning streak, the Mavericks have averaged 129.8 points and have scored at least 137 points in each of their last three games.

Dallas also values possession with just 13.2 turnovers per game, getting high efficiency when they do have the ball.

"I think we like playing with each other," Porzingis said, according to the Dallas Morning News. "We hold each other accountable. We trust the coaching staff with the game plan and we follow it. ... And we're trying to have fun and play with intensity. It's slowly coming all together and that's why we're winning games."

That would be an apt description of the Clippers' fortunes as well. The team has played just six games with Paul George, who was added in the offseason in a trade with the Oklahoma City Thunder but was late to the party as he recovered from surgeries on both shoulders. The Clippers are 5-1 with him on the court.

With Leonard and George finally together, the Clippers have defeated the Boston Celtics, Rockets and New Orleans Pelicans in succession. Los Angeles' 134-109 victory over the Pelicans on Sunday was their fifth consecutive and seventh in their past nine games.

And in an intriguing development, in the three games that Leonard and George have played together, neither was the team's leading scorer. The bench duo of Lou Williams and Montrezl Harrell have shared high-scoring honors in each of the last three games.

"We're a deep team, man, as you can see," Harrell said, according to the Los Angeles Times, as his 34 points Sunday tied a career high. "On any given night anyone can have a big night. Any given night three or four guys can go off for a big night. It's a great thing to have. It's definitely going to help us going into the long stretch."

In the shorter stretch, Tuesday's game kicks off a three-game road trip for the Clippers, with games also in Memphis and San Antonio. The Clippers are 11-1 at home but just 1-4 on the road.

--Field Level Media

Updated November 26, 2019

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