Luka Doncic Leads Mavs’ Gritty Win Over Clippers In Game 3

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In a display of strategic defense and aggressive play, the Dallas Mavericks clinched a pivotal 101-90 victory against the Los Angeles Clippers, taking a 2-1 lead in their first-round NBA playoff series.

Inspired by their defensive prowess, the Mavericks continued the momentum from their Game 2 win in Los Angeles, demonstrating their capability on their home court—a stark contrast to their previous postseason struggles at the American Airlines Center.

Luka Doncic, who called for the defensive assignment on James Harden during a key stretch of the game, contributed significantly with 22 points, 10 rebounds, and nine assists.

“I think defense dictated the offense,” Doncic said. “I think we didn’t play great offensively, especially me, but we won the game, that’s all that matters.”

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Despite a knee scare in the first quarter, Doncic’s resilience underscored the Mavericks’ gritty performance, which featured five technical fouls, a flagrant foul, and two ejections in a tension-filled encounter.

The game was marked by impressive defensive plays, including multiple blocks and dunking prowess, particularly from Mavericks centers Daniel Gafford and rookie Dereck Lively II.

“I think we all see that when we’re on the defensive side, there’s a different look in everybody’s eyes,” Lively said. “It’s like being aggressive and being the aggressor even though they have the ball.”

Meanwhile, the Clippers struggled to find their rhythm. Despite a flurry of 3-pointers early on, Harden was contained in the second half. Clippers stars Paul George and Kawhi Leonard were limited by the Mavericks’ defense and their issues—George had foul trouble, and Leonard was still easing back from a knee injury.

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Clippers coach Tyronn Lue commented on the physical nature of the game, appreciating the tough play but acknowledging the need to maintain composure.

“It’s getting chippy. I like the physicality. I like the tough possessions. I like all of that,” Lue said. “But we’ve got to make sure we’re not getting the technical fouls, we’re not getting thrown out of the game, because everybody’s important.”

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This win not only puts the Mavericks in a favorable position but also highlights their ability to leverage their defensive strengths to control the pace and physicality of the game—a strategy that coach Jason Kidd believes will be crucial as the series progresses.

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