NBA: Dallas Mavericks thrash LA Clippers; Charlotte Hornets hand Brooklyn Nets first loss of season

The Dallas Mavericks powered to an NBA-record 50-point halftime lead on the way to a 124-73 demolition of the short-handed Los Angeles Clippers on Sunday.

The Mavs, taking full advantage of the absence of injured Clippers star Kawhi Leonard, set the tone early.

Level guard Luka Doncic scored 18 of his 24 points in the first half and the halftime rating of 77-27 gave Dallas the most important margin on the break ever in the NBA, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

Josh Richardson added 21 points and Tim Hardaway Jr. chipped in 18 for the Mavs, who had opened the season with two defeats.

“All the pieces was clicking on all cylinders,” Hardaway mentioned, including that the Mavericks didn’t understand how huge their halftime lead was till they had been within the locker room.

Coach Rick Carlisle mentioned the key for the Mavericks going ahead can be to keep up the depth they showed within the first half.

“Our guys established a standard for collective toughness and can that we have to discover a strategy to maintain,” he mentioned.

In Charlotte, Gordon Hayward scored 28 points as the Hornets cooled off red-hot Brooklyn, handing the Nets their first defeat of the season 106-104.

Terry Rozier – Hayward’s former teammate in Boston – added 19 points and PJ Washington chipped in 14 points and 12 rebounds for the Hornets, who held the Nets to 42.7 p.c shooting.

“Unbelievable win for us,” mentioned Hayward, who joined the Hornets from the Celtics in November. “Simply happy with our effort, man, happy with our defense. We lastly acquired it collectively it appeared like on that end.”

Kevin Durant led the Nets with 29 points and Kyrie Irving had 25 for Brooklyn, which had develop into the first club since the 2008-09 Lakers to win their first two games by 20 or more points.

It regarded just like the Nets may pull out a detailed one once they erased a 16-point fourth-quarter deficit, twice trimming the hole to 2 points with lower than three minutes to play.

Durant missed a fadeaway jumper with 7.4 seconds left and Rozier made two free throws that sealed the win.

The Hornets had been playing with out middle Cody Zeller, who broke his left hand of their season opener.

Brooklyn guard Spencer Dinwiddie departed within the third quarter with a proper knee strain and didn’t return.

The reigning champion Los Angeles Lakers appeared to not really feel the absence of Anthony Davis, nursing a calf contusion, in a 127-91 romp previous the Minnesota Timberwolves — who had been with out star Karl-Anthony Cities a day after he dislocated his left wrist in a win over Utah.

Kyle Kuzma led the Lakers with 20 points. LeBron James added 18 with 9 rebounds and 5 assists and sat out the fourth quarter with the sport in hand.

‘Why chance it?’

The Cleveland Cavaliers, with 24 points, 14 rebounds, three assists and three steals from Andre Drummond, cruised to a 118-94 victory over a Philadelphia 76ers team lacking huge man Joel Embiid, who was a late scratch with a good again.

“We simply thought, why probability it this early within the season,” Sixers coach Doc Rivers mentioned. “Nothing to be concerned about.”

The Golden State Warriors, who had been once more with out Draymond Green – and should have lost middle Marquese Chriss for the season with a broken proper leg and ankle injury suffered in apply – shook off the bad news to edge the Bulls in Chicago 129-128.

Stephen Curry delivered 36 points with 5 three-pointers.

His first long-range shot of the evening made him simply the third player, together with Ray Allen and Reggie Miller, to make 2,500 three-pointers of their profession.

However it was Damion Lee who drilled the game-winner from past the arc with 2.3 seconds remaining, taking over as the Bulls prevented Curry from getting his hands on an inbounds go.

It was a blowout in New York, the place the Knicks stunned Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Milwaukee Bucks 130-110.

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