Dallas Mavericks star guard Luka Doncic was thrilled after his team became the first-ever team in NBA history to hold a 50-point lead at halftime. On Sunday, the Mavericks had a historic 77-27 lead over the Los Angeles Clippers on the road at halftime.
The Mavericks, who led by 57 points at one point, ended up winning 124-73 and improving to 1-2. Doncic was near a triple-double as he finished the game with 24 points, 9 rebounds and 8 assists. "We showed who we are," Doncic said, per ESPN.
"People judged us off the first two games of the season. It's a long season, but we've got to keep going like that. We've got to play defense. That's our specialty from now on."
The Mavericks dominated the Clippers right from the start
The Clippers scored just five points in the first eight-plus minutes and it took them until 5:01 left in the second quarter to reach the 20-point mark.
The Clippers were playing without 2019 NBA Finals MVP Kawhi Leonard and Paul George scored a team-high 15 points. "I take full responsibility," George said after the brutal loss. "You know, it's a tough game coming [after] Christmas.
I enjoyed my Christmas Day [celebration] yesterday. Today just popped up on me a little too fast. I'll take full ownership for that, coming out and being prepared to play today. Be a different situation come next game, and we will be ready.
"I hope everyone enjoyed the Christmas Day yesterday and that was the reason for a sluggish day today." The Mavericks wrote history on Sunday in Los Angeles but reportedly they didn't realize what they didn't until halftime.
"The funny thing is, no one realized it until we got into halftime, to be honest with you," Mavs guard Tim Hardaway Jr. said of the halftime margin. "It was just everybody making sure that we didn't focus on the score at all.
... Everything was just clicking on all cylinders, and thankfully we got the win." The Clippers play next the Minnesota Timberwolves and they will be aiming to bounce back with a good performance. "Just an exception," Clippers head coach Ty Lue said of the loss.
"It doesn't take away from what we've been doing and what we've been working on and how we're trying to get better each night. "[There] wasn't a lot of fight, a lot of pop tonight, and we know we'll have that come next game."