Mavericks bludgeon Clippers

The Dallas Mavericks were in complete control during Sunday’s game against the Los Angeles Clippers.

By halftime, Luka Doncic and his teammates had built a 77-27 advantage. The Mavericks recorded a 124-73 road victory.

That 50-point deficit is the biggest at halftime since the shot-clock era began in the 1954-55 season, The Associated Press reported.

Doncic finished with 24 points, nine rebounds and eight assists in 26 productive minutes. Teammate Josh Richardson poured in 21, while Tim Hardaway Jr. contributed 18, and Jalen Brunson scored 11 at Staples Center.

Mavericks click on offense

The Slovenian superstar, who was the third pick in the 2018 NBA Draft, made a huge impact early on. He had 13 points by the end of the first quarter, the same amount that the Clippers had.

Los Angeles trailed 36-13 entering the second period.

By halftime, Doncic had put 18 points on the board.

“Everything was clicking on all cylinders,” conceded Hardaway Jr., whose team shot 49.4 percent from the field.

Dallas improved to 1-2.

Clippers struggle on offense

Paul George paced the Clippers (2-1) with 15 points and Serge Ibaka had 13. Los Angeles shot 34.2 percent overall, including 4 of 33 from 3-point range. Kawhi Leonard was sidelined with a mouth injury.

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