LUKA DONČIĆ played the most efficient game of his career in the NBA playoffs, but it was not enough for Dallas to beat the Los Angeles Clippers for the third time and bring them to the brink of elimination.
Doncic scored 44 points, but his teammates are still in debt, especially the nominal second star Kristap Singis, who only scored 9 points. On the other hand, Clippers superstars Kawhi Leonard and Paul George scored 65 points with an amazing 24/35 or nearly 70% shooting percentage, leading the team to a 118:108 victory, narrowing the gap in the series. To 2:1.
A loss will put them on the brink of shocking relegation, because no team in the history of the NBA playoffs has returned after losing 3-0 in the series.
It looks like Dallas can continue to dominate the game at the beginning of the 11-0 series, and soon lead by 30:11 in the first quarter. However, the Clippers counterattacked with a series of 14:0, took the lead in the second quarter, and reached a double-digit advantage at the end of the game. This is the first game of the season that the Mavericks lost when they took the lead in the first quarter.
Doncic scored 44 points on a 15/28 field goal. His three-point shooting percentage is as high as 7/13, but his free throws have the same effect, which has become a worrying habit, because in these three playoff games, his free throw percentage is less than 50%. . He also had 9 rebounds, 9 assists, 1 win and 5 turnovers. He became the first player in NBA history to score at least 275 points, 75 rebounds and 75 assists in the first nine games of the playoffs. Maxi Kleber and Jalen Brunson were his most important supporters, each scoring 14 points.
Leonard scored 36 points for the Clippers with a brilliant 13/17 field goal, George scored 29 points, Ivica Zubac kept two points in the 11 minutes of the game (shooting 1/3) and Three offensive rebounds.
The fourth game will be played in the evening from Sunday to Monday.