The Dallas Mavericks hit back in Game 2 against the LA Clippers, behind another historic night from Luka Doncic as they secured a 127-114 win to level the series at 1-1.
In just 28 minutes, Doncic recorded 28 points, eight rebounds, and seven assists, leading six players to score in double figures for the Mavs as they notched their first playoff win since 2016.
After being ejected in Game 1, Kristaps Porzingis put in a solid night in Game 2, adding 23 points and seven rebounds.
Kawhi Leonard led the Clippers with 35 points and 10 rebounds, but they couldn't overcome a poor shooting night from beyond the arc (10-of-34 (29.4%)
Here are the key takeaways from today's game:
Doncic makes history
Luka Doncic continues to show he is more than ready for the NBA's biggest stage, with another impressive outing in just his second-ever playoff game.
After dropping 42 points in Game 1 and 28 in Game 2, Doncic has scored 70 points in his first two playoff games, passing Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (69) for the second-most points ever scored by a player in their first two playoff games.
FROM ELIAS: Luka Doncic is the 2nd player in NBA postseason history to score 70 points through his first 2 career playoff games, joining George Mikan.- ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) August 20, 2020
Mikan scored 75 points through his 1st 2 career playoff games in 1949. pic.twitter.com/SF3kga6Mk5
While the 21-year-old added yet another line to the history books, he wasn't fazed by the numbers, taking more out of getting his first-ever win in the post-season.
"I mean we got a win, that's all I care about," Doncic said post-game
"I mean that's great stats, but we got a win, I knew we could get a win, I know we are able to fight these guys and we showed up today."
Impressively, after recording 11 turnovers in Game 1, Doncic only committed one turnover in Game 2.
After trailing by as many as 18 in the fourth, the Clippers cut the deficit to just 10 points, before Doncic scored his first basket in the period, a floater with 1:30 remaining to stretch the lead to 124-112.
LET'S GOOOOO MAVS!!! pic.twitter.com/hT33g777SE- Dallas Mavericks (@dallasmavs) August 20, 2020
Mavericks' bench answers the call
With Doncic battling foul trouble in the second half, the Mavericks reserves took the reigns and they didn't miss a beat.
Doncic picked up his fifth foul with 11:37 remaining in the fourth and the Mavs leading 98-85. When he checked back into the game at the 4:26 mark, the Mavs had maintained their lead, with the score 118-105.
Trey Burke led the bench mob with 16 points on 7-of-11 shooting, while Seth Curry added 15 (6-of-9 FG) and Boban Marjanović 13 points and nine rebounds (6-of-8 FG), with the trio combining for 44 points.
Trey Burke gets to the bucket with the handle!- NBA (@NBA) August 20, 2020
The @dallasmavs close the 3rd on an 13-2 run on @NBAonTNT. #NBAPlayoffs pic.twitter.com/gTJiepjINb
A quiet night for PG
While Kawhi Leonard scored 35 points and Lou Williams 23, Paul George couldn't to get going, recording just 14 points and 10 rebounds in the loss, shooting just 4-of-17 from the field and 2-of-10 from the 3-point line.
George, who battled foul trouble of his own went scoreless in the first half, struggling to get into his rhythm with the ball not falling.
The Clippers can't afford too many more games like that from George, especially against a Mavericks team that can pile up the points in a hurry.
Patrick Beverley missed today's game with a calf strain and it's unclear if he will be available for Game 3.
The teams will meet again for a pivotal Game 3 on Saturday, August 22 at 6:30 a.m. IST.
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