DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM/AP) — The home court wasn’t an advantage for the Dallas Mavericks Monday night. Kawhi Leonard scored 22 points, Marcus Morris Sr. added 14 in a rare start and the Clippers beat the Mavs 109-99.
The Clippers were playing Dallas for the first time since a 51-point blowout on their home court in December, and a night after a 20-point loss in New Orleans. The NBA’s only remaining unbeaten team on the back end of consecutive games improved to 7-0 and tied Phoenix (7-1) for the most such victories.READ MORE: 330,000+ Pacifiers Sold On Amazon Recalled Due To Choking Hazard
“Back-to-backs test your manhood, test who you are and test your character,” coach Tyronn Lue said. “I thought tonight we responded very well.”
The second meeting — and first of two consecutive games in Dallas — since the Clippers beat the Mavericks in six games in a first-round series in the playoff bubble was a victory for LA’s depth over the Mavericks’ star power. The Clippers won for the second time in six games while Dallas lost for just the second time in its past seven.
Luka Doncic posted his ninth triple-double for Dallas, finishing with 25 points, 16 assists and 10 rebounds. Kristaps Porzingis scored 22 points.
Paul George scored 15 as seven Clippers finished in double figures. Ivica Zubac had 15 points and 11 rebounds. Nicolas Batum, who sat while Morris made his third start of the season, had a couple of big 3-pointers and scored 14. Reggie Jackson and Patrick Patterson scored 12 apiece.READ MORE: Luka, Kristaps Lead Dallas Mavericks Past Grizzlies 104-91 At AAC
The Clippers built leads early in both halves with better defense than they displayed a night earlier against the Pelicans, who shot the highest percentage in the NBA this season at 65.4%.
The Mavericks erased a 14-point first-quarter deficit in the second quarter. But they trailed 55-50 at halftime after leading by a NBA-record 50 points (77-27) at the half in their 124-73 victory in LA in December.
“We know how they felt after how we beat them at their place,” said Dallas guard Tim Hardaway, who scored 21 points. “You’ve got to give them credit. They came out aggressive. They put their foot down.”
Dallas couldn’t rally again after falling behind by 12 early in the fourth. The Mavericks trailed 103-99 with three minutes remaining but couldn’t convert on two chances to get closer before Leonard got a three-point play off a putback.MORE NEWS: Texas DPS Special Agent Anthony Salas Dies After Traffic Accident Near Mexican Border
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