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NBA: Luka Doncic Helps Dallas Mavericks Trump Los Angeles Clippers - In Pics

Luka Doncic fell just shy of a triple-double and the Dallas Mavericks turned up the defence in a chippy 101-90 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers for a 2-1 lead in their first-round NBA series. Doncic finished with 22 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists and Kyrie Irving scored 19 of his 21 points in the final 13-plus minutes, including eight in the final 78 seconds of the third quarter. The Mavericks continued their strong defence from the Game 2 road win and won at home three years after losing all three first-round home games in a seven-game loss to the Clippers.

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Dallas Mavericks' Luka Doncic directs teammates during the second half of Game 2 of the team's NBA basketball first-round playoff series against the Los Angeles Clippers in Dallas.

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Dallas Mavericks' P.J. Washington, drives to the basket past Los Angeles Clippers' Paul George (13) as Kawhi Leonard (2) helps defend during the second half of Game 2 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series in Dallas.

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Los Angeles Clippers' Norman Powell (24) celebrates his 3-point basket, in front of Dallas Mavericks' Josh Green during the second half of Game 2 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series in Dallas.

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Los Angeles Clippers' Ivica Zubac (40) defends against Dallas Mavericks' Dereck Lively II (2) during the first half of Game 2 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series in Dallas.

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Los Angeles Clippers' Paul George (13) looks to pass the ball as Los Angeles Clippers' Moussa Diabate (25) and Kobe Brown (21) defend during the second half of Game 2 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series in Dallas.

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Los Angeles Clippers center Ivica Zubac (40) blocks a shot by Dallas Mavericks' Luka Doncic (77) during the second half of Game 2 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series in Dallas.

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Dallas Mavericks' Luka Doncic (77) shoots over Los Angeles Clippers' Ivica Zubac (40), while Paul George (13) watches during the second half of Game 2 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series in Dallas.

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Dallas Mavericks' Kyrie Irving, celebrates sinking a basket, next to Los Angeles Clippers' James Harden (1) during the second half of Game 2 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series in Dallas.

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Dallas Mavericks center Daniel Gafford (21) celebrates a 3-point basket by Kyrie Irving against the Los Angeles Clippers during the second half of Game 2 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series in Dallas.

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Dallas Mavericks' Derrick Jones Jr. (55) dunks over Los Angeles Clippers' Paul George during the second half of Game 2 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series in Dallas, Friday, April 26, 2024.

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