NBA Now: Leonard scored 30 to help Clippers beat Mavericks

Kawhi Leonard and Paul George combined for 51 to outclass their West rival Dallas Mavericks 112-98. Follow for more NBA now news here!

It is really obvious that the Dallas Mavericks star Luka Doncic really needs help as he carried the team with a double-double output of 29 points and 10 rebounds and the Mavericks have now lost six of their past eight games. Tim Hardaway Jr. added 22 points while Spencer Dinwiddie contributed 21 points. For 2023 NBA mock draft stories here!

Paul George is looking comfortable with the point guard role as he scored a balanced 21 points, four assists, and six rebounds while Norman Powell added 19 points for the Los Angeles Clippers victory which gave a vital scoring in the final period where Dallas was outscored 33-19.

Leonard played his 600th career NBA game as he hit one of his three 3-pointers with 4:18 left to bring the Clipper ahead of the game 103-93. George’s jump shot increased the run to 12-4 with 2:16 remaining in the final quarter and gave the Clippers a very commanding lead 110-95. Powell played a vital role in this period as he registered straight 11 points to seal the second victory for Los Angeles after losing nine of past 11 games.

Despite the result, this game is quite tight and intense as it featured 12 lead changes. Dallas stuck early into the game as the team scored the final four points of the first quarter to end the first 12 minutes with 22-20. But in the second quarter, Clippers fought back and upped their lead to five, but Dallas pulled another attack with their 15-1 run to move ahead 42-33 late in the first half. The first half ended with a 54-40 lead. Dinwiddie led the scoring for the home squad in the first half with 13 points, while Luka Doncic had a slump as he recorded no assists for the first time this season.

However, the visiting team made their way to get back on the game as they regained the lead in the third quarter with a 19-8 run but Dallas fought back with their own seven straight points to regain the momentum 69-68. The third quarter ended with a tie score as Dallas’ Doncic scored the period’s final three point dagger to help the host stop the Clippers’ rampage and even the score to 79 all.

Reggie Jackson and Norman Powell joined the scoring action in the final period of the match, Reggie Jackson scored 10 points while Norman Powell produced 11 to help the Los Angeles Clippers seal their second straight victory against their rival Dallas Mavericks this season after winning the recent meeting 113-101 at home last January 10. The Los Angeles side finished with a pretty efficiency of 30 of 31 (96.8%) from the foul line territory, while the Dallas Mavericks had a salty percentile of 57.7%, 15 of 26 at the foul line.

Luka Doncic and the Dallas Mavericks will try to get back on the winning column and finish their four-game homestand against the Washington Wizards and his former teammate Kristaps Porzingis. The last time the two sides met, a shorthanded Wizards was able to pull through a victory over Mavs. Meanwhile, the Los Angeles Clippers look to extend their winning streak when they meet their co-Los Angeles side, the Lakers tomorrow, January 25, 11:00 AM (PST).

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