The Clippers control Doncic and beat the Mavericks; The Nuggets win again

This absurd NBA chart shows Luka Doncic's MVP impact on the Mavericks

Dallas Mavericks star, Luka Doncic, led his team to its fifth straight win in the National Basketball Association, reaching multiple milestones. He had at least 30 points and 10 assists in all four games and became the youngest player in National Basketball Association history (20 years, 269 days) to record four consecutive 30-point, 10-assist games.

"We have guys who love playing defense", George said.

But the other expected title contenders from LA offered a dose of reality for a team looking to end a three-season run without reaching the playoffs.

Jerami Grant dropped a team-high 20 points off the bench, and Nikola Jokic grabbed 20 boards and dished out 5 dimes in the win.

Doncic shot 55% from the field, including 44% from 3-point range. Dallas, fourth on that list, scored 37 bench points, most with the outcome no longer in doubt.

"They're big, they're strong, they're highly skilled", Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle said.

"They pick you up full court and they hound you. This is a game we've got to learn from and do better next time".

"That's what we hang our hat on", George said of the team's defence post-game on NBA TV.

The Clippers had determined that in wins, they typically had 18-plus deflections (the exact number heading into the Mavericks game was 17.0).

Leonard added: "Wanted to do the best job we could on Luka". He had multiple discussions with the officials throughout the game, expressing his displeasure with calls that weren't made on a night when he had his second-highest number of free throws attempted this season. He's been killing it lately, playing at a very high level. "We just wanted to make it hard for him tonight, get some deflections and I think we were able to do that".

Los Angeles Clippers guard Lou Williams spent some time with reporters after their 134-109 victory over the New Orleans Pelicans on Sunday night.

George took the reigns of the Clipper offence early, exploding for 17 first-quarter points, including four three-pointers as they took a 34-27 lead and they never looked back. It is the second road game in a stretch of seven to nine away from home.

George and Leonard have each seen their seasons curtailed by injury and this was the first game in which they have scored at least 20 points each as team-mates. The supporting cast did nothing to help out shooting 38% from the field with 20 turnovers.



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