In a disappointing display of offensive firepower, the Dallas Mavericks fell to the Los Angeles Clippers 107-88 with Luka Doncic once again carrying the team on his shoulders. Although he scored 30 points, Doncic's effort was not enough to overcome the weak play of his teammates.
He is the best player of his team and no one can take that away from him, but sometimes he really doesn't have any help from his teammates. And so it was tonight. Luka Doncic scored over a third of his team's points, but Dallas suffered a real setback in Los Angeles against the Clippers.
The Mavericks struggled to find their rhythm from the start, falling behind by double digits in the first quarter. The Clippers' defense proved to be a force, stifling Dallas' offense and limiting them to a season-low 88 points.
Doncic and Irving scored more than half of their team's points
Doncic, as he often did this season, jumped into the challenge, scored 30 points and grabbed three rebounds. His performance was the team's only bright spot alongside Irving, but in the end it wasn't enough to secure the victory.
Kyrie Irving, the Mavericks' other star, had 26 points, but the lack of contribution from the rest of the team was evident. This means that apart from this duo, the rest of the team gave only 32 points together. The Mavericks offense lacked cohesion and creativity, leading to a stagnant and uninspired performance.
On the other side of the court, the Clippers played with a sense of determination. Paul George led the Clippers with 25 points and nine rebounds, while Terance Mann added 17 points. Russell Westbrook had a triple-double with 14 points, eight rebounds and seven assists, and Ivica Zubac had 11 points and 14 rebounds.
The Mavericks will have to deal with their offensive problems and find a way to be more efficient, the whole team's play cannot rely only on Doncic and Irving. Dallas is now 10-6 in fifth place in the West, while the Clippers are 7-8 in 11th place.
The Dallas Mavericks' next game is against the Houston Rockets on Wednesday, November 29. The LA Clippers' next game will be against the Denver Nuggets also on Wednesday.