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The Dallas Mavericks set an NBA shot-clock era record by leading the Los Angeles Clippers by 50 points at intermission Sunday en route to a 124-73 victory. Yes, Kawhi Leonard was out, but it’s safe to say even someone of his talent couldn’t have helped the Clippers, who trailed 77-27 at intermission.
The Clippers entered the game 2-0, the Mavericks 0-2, but it didn’t take long to figure that Dallas wouldn’t be winless and LA wouldn’t be unbeaten for long. Dallas went on a 23-3 spurt to take a 25-5 lead with 3:23 left in the first quarter — and the Mavs were off and running.
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The lead was 36-13 at the end of the first quarter and reached 40 at 56-16 with 7:35 to go in the second quarter. Trey Burke‘s 3-pointer with 23.5 second left in the half made it 77-27.
How did the Mavericks do it? Well, as you’d expect, they dominated in every phase. Dallas was 29-for-50 (58%) from the field, compared to the Clippers’ 9-for-37 (24.3%).