Clip­pers’ ‘in­ten­sity’ proves dif­fer­ence

Orlando Sentinel - - SCOREBOARD -

DAL­LAS — Paul Ge­orge and Kawhi Leonard gave the young Euro­pean duo from the Mav­er­icks the best look yet at life among the elite in the West­ern Con­fer­ence.

Ge­orge scored 17 of his 26 points in the first quarter, Leonard fin­ished with 28 and the Clip­pers took con­trol early in a meet­ing of teams with match­ing five-game win­ning streaks, beat­ing the Mav­er­icks 11499 on Tues­day night.

The Clip­pers used sev­eral de­fend­ers to end Luka Don­cic’s fran­chise-record streak of four games with at least 30 points and 10 as­sists, knock­ing the 20year-old to the floor early on a 4-of-14 shoot­ing night. Don­cic had 22 points, eight re­bounds and six as­sists.

Kristaps Porzingis was 4 of 13, the 7-foot-3 Lat­vian com­bin­ing with the Slove­nian star to go 8 of 27 com­pared to 19 of 42 for the Clip­pers’ top duo. Ge­orge added a ca­reer­high six steals to help hold the Mav­er­icks un­der 100 points for the first time this sea­son.

“They’re look­ing to win a cham­pi­onship; they played like it was a play­off game,” said Porzingis, who hit a 28-footer 22 sec­onds into the game and an­other 3-pointer from the logo at cen­ter court just be­fore half­time but fin­ished 3 of 8 from long range. He had 15 points and 10 re­bounds.

“They played ag­gres­sively and they showed us that we have to learn how to play these games. We have to bring that same in­ten­sity.”

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