NBA Play-offs: Doncic helps Mavs level Clippers series
Aug 22 2020
The call against Porzingis was widely criticized on Twitter, including by two members of the NBA's exclusive 30,000-point club: Los Angeles Lakers superstar LeBron James and retired Mavericks legend Dirk Nowitzki. Four Mavs are out for the season, three due to injury.
The warning signs were already evident in Game 1.
Kawhi Leonard, the other half of LA's dynamic duo, put up 35 points and 10 rebounds, and he's scored at least 24 points in eight bubble games, averaging 29.6 points on 48% shooting.
Dallas didn't bring in Burke to sit on the end of the bench, though. And if the Clippers aren't careful, they could be in a 2-1 hole by the weekend.
Doncic still posted an impressive statistical line - 28 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists in 28 minutes - but he did the vast majority of his damage before halftime.
It was Mavs big man Kristaps Porzingis' first-ever postseason game, yet he got ejected in the third quarter. That is all to say that Dallas has been the better team through two games, no matter how you slice it.
Instead of leading the Dallas Mavericks on the court, he was helping lead cheers from the sideline as his teammates pulled away while he Saturday.
The 21-year-old's haul followed a 42-point effort in game one earlier this week, pushing the Slovenian past Kareem Abdul-Jabbar to set the record for the most points through a player's first two play-off games.
And even after Doncic picked up his fifth less than a minute into the final period and had to go out again, the Mavs pushed the lead to 18 in the final 12 minutes. It felt like if Dallas were to win, it'd be by the skin of their teeth. "I want to help my team but we won the game", Doncic said.
"That's a tough team over there with more experience than what we have". Yet two days after TNT analyst and former National Basketball Association guard Greg Anthony said that the Clippers "have the best roster in the National Basketball Association, and I think they have the best roster by quite a bit", that depth failed to crack the Mavericks.
Despite foul trouble limiting him to just 28 minutes on court, the point guard led his team in scoring en route to levelling their play-off series with the Clippers.