Dallas rookie Luka Doncic scored a career-high 32 points as the Mavericks fell to a 125-121 loss to the Los Angeles Clippers.
Doncic piled up his points on 10-of-20 shooting (3-of-6 on three-pointers) in 31 minutes but, despite a fourth-quarter rally that saw the Mavs lead by four with five minutes remaining, the Clippers overturned their advantage and held out for the win.
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Doncic opened his account in the first minute of the game, reacting quickest to his own missed shot to tap the ball home for two. He followed that up with a step-back move that left Clippers rookie Shai Gilgeous-Alexander utterly befuddled before draining a three-pointer.
In the second half, Doncic showed his determination, refusing to give up on a broken play to improvise a give-and-go with DeAndre Jordan that resulted in an ‘And 1’ baseline dunk.
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That doggedness was on view again in the game’s final minute. With the Mavs trailing 119-113, Doncic produced a coast-to-coast drive resulting in a lay-up and another long-distance step-back three to reduce the Clippers’ advantage to 123-121.
They would get no closer and Clippers forward Tobias Harris sealed victory from the free-throw line in the final seconds.
Click the video at the top of the page to watch Doncic’s 32-point performance
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