The Dallas Mavericks, yesterday, ended the winning streak of Los Angeles Clippers in an infamous fashion as they mercilessly tear apart the home side in their third game of the season.
The two sides came into the contest with different stories to tell after the first two games of the new NBA season. While Clippers had defeated defending champions Los Angeles Lakers and Nuggets in their opening games, Dallas had lost twice, first to the Suns and then to Lakers.
Dallas were thus very determined to pick their first win of the season and thus took advantage of Kawhi Leonard’s absence to win by a 51 point blow out.
Leonard was ruled out of the game for the Clippers, after having eight stitches in his mouth as a result of taking a blow to the face in Friday night’s game.
His absence was very much felt as his side suffered one of the most shocking and embarrassing defeat in the NBA.
How Dallas dismantled Clippers
Dallas Mavericks started the matchup in a very determined manner and were on the front foot as they completely dominated the first quarter of the game. By the end of that first quarter, the hosts were trailing 13-36 on their own grounds and even made issues worse in the second quarter.
Clippers shockingly failed to close the gap in the second quarter and instead afforded Luka Doncic and his men the room to operate, and the Mavericks did not disappoint as they run out victorious by 14-41 in the second quarter.
By the end of half-time, Dallas had opened up a 50 point lead against Clippers with a 77-27 score. The half time score was the the largest ever for an NBA game.
Clippers were a much better side in the second half of the game and especially in the third quarter. Realizing how embarrassing how the night could be, they went all out and won the third quarter 30-27 before losing the last quarter by 16-20.
How the NBA world reacted to Clippers’ massive blowout
The blowout was certainly a shock to many including NBA analyst Stephen Smith who admitted at never seeing such a blowout before.
Good lord have mercy. I’ve seen blowouts before but I don’t think I’ve ever witness a team being down by 50 — like the @LAClippers trailed the @dallasmavs. JESUS! Even without Kawhi, there’s no excuse. I mean……Damn!
— Stephen A Smith (@stephenasmith) December 27, 2020
Former basketball player, Magic Johnson also tweeted:
I’ve never seen anything like that before in the NBA and the Clippers are at home!😳
— Earvin Magic Johnson (@MagicJohnson) December 27, 2020