As for the Mavericks, they’re back in the playoffs for the first time since 2016, and that’s almost entirely thanks to their young phenomenon, Luka Doncic. The sophomore star was amazing in his playoff debut, finishing with 42 points, seven rebounds and nine assists. That wasn’t enough, however, as the Mavericks faded into the stretch, in part because they were playing without Kristaps Porzingis, who was questionably ejected. Follow below for all the latest news, highlights and updates throughout the game.
The 2020 NBA playoffs take place Wednesday night with a showdown in the Western Conference. After a narrow victory in Game 1 on Monday night, the Los Angeles Clippers will look to take a 2-0 lead over the Dallas Mavericks in their first-round series. The Mavericks led by as many as 17 in the first half, but the Clippers slowly struggled to get back into the game and closed the gap at half-time.Los Angeles immediately became a title favorite when he acquired Kawhi Leonard and Paul George in the offseason, and he lived up to expectations in the regular season, finishing No.2 in the West. So far, the Clippers have been strong in the bubble, but with Montrezl Harrell arriving late and Patrick Beverley suffering from a calf injury – he’s out for Game 2 – it still feels like they have another level to reach.