NBA: Kawhi Leonard, Clippers hang on to beat Mavericks
Kawhi Leonard scored 33 points with nine rebounds and Norman Powell added 27 as the Los Angeles Clippers ended a season-long six-game losing streak with a 113-101 victory over the Dallas Mavericks on Tuesday.
Marcus Morris Sr. and Terance Mann each scored 12 points as the Clippers won for the first time in the new year and took their first home win since Dec. 21. It was the longest losing streak in Tyronn’s three-season tenure. Lue as Los Angeles Head Coach.
Kawhi did it all in @LAClippers victory
12-12 VND pic.twitter.com/GRcbtn5YR6
– NBA (@NBA) January 11, 2023
Luka Doncic scored 43 points with 11 rebounds and seven assists for the Mavericks as he returned from left ankle pain, which kept him from losing Sunday’s game to the Oklahoma City Thunder. It was his ninth game to score at least 40 points this season.
Tim Hardaway Jr. added 16 points, while Spencer Dinwiddie had 13 for Dallas, who have lost three of their past four games on a seven-game winning streak.
The Clippers led 31-25 after one half, then dominated the second half to take a 69-47 lead after halftime. Los Angeles had a long shot rate of 56% in the second quarter, with Powell scoring 16 points in the span when shooting 6/6 (3/3 from 3-point).
The Mavericks returned to the game in the third inning 88-78, with Doncic scoring 11 points this time around, one less than his total for the entire first half.
The Mavericks failed to score in the first four minutes of the fourth half as the Clippers led 98-80. Dallas was leading 107-99 after Doncic and Leonard exchanged three points before Leonard was fouled on a shot from distance and hit three free throws to give Los Angeles a 110-99 lead with 1:40 remaining. .
The Clippers were without Paul George (hamstring) for the third straight game and Luke Kennard (calf) for the second straight game.
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