Dallas Mavericks Set NBA Record 50-Point Halftime Lead In Win Over Clippers
- The Dallas Mavericks shocked the world as they sent the Clippers reeling by halftime in their Sunday evening matchup.
- Scoring records are set by former Championship teammates Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant.
- Injuries abound as a number of young stars face lengthy layoffs.
— Dallas Mavericks (@dallasmavs) December 28, 2020
While the Dallas Mavericks failed to get their desired start to the season in their first two matches, they put the NBA world back on notice in their last match against the LA Clippers. Led by Luke Doncic’s 18 points, the Mavs led the Clippers 77-27 by just halftime!
While the LA Clippers were lacking a star piece, Kawhi Leonard, secondary star Paul George and his supporting cast allowed the Mavericks to shoot a scorching 58% from the field and hit 14 three-point field goals. All fourteen available Maverick players stepped onto the court and just rookie guard Tyrell Terry failed to contribute to their point total.
While the match came as a shock to many, a finish by such a margin is likely no more than an outlier in both team’s overall quality and performance. The Clippers were awful all night, shooting just 34.2% from the field overall and only 24% from the field in the first half.
Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant Set Scoring Records
Kevin Durant & Steph Curry. Just like old times. pic.twitter.com/PHuSHON8ch
— Legion Hoops (@LegionHoops) December 22, 2020
While these two shared a short and successful stint together in Golden State, they can’t seem to get rid of each other as they share the headlines once again due to their scoring prowess.
On Sunday evening, Stephen Curry became just the third player to reach 2,500 three-point field goals made, while also being the fastest to ever reach that number. Curry joins Reggie Miller and Ray Allen as the only players in NBA history to reach that mark, while Curry needed about 300 fewer games to do so.
Kevin Durant joins the NBA greats in the pursuit of scoring records, as he becomes the ninth player to reach 23,000 career points. Already considered one of the league’s greatest ever scorers, Durant joins the company of Chamberlain, Jordan, and Robertson in regards to offensive ability. Durant cracked the top ten in 852 games, five fewer than now tenth-ranked Shaquille O’Neal.
Karl-Anthony Towns and Others Face Long Roads to Recovery
Karl-Anthony Towns on his left wrist injury late in the 4th against the Jazz last night. pic.twitter.com/pthHpUoaZL
— twolveswave (@nbahoopsplug) December 28, 2020
While the season is only as many as three games in for most teams, many have already seen a massive setback due to injuries to their key players. During the fourth quarter of the Minnesota Timberwolves’ match against the Utah Jazz, Towns suffered a dislocation to his left wrist and is out indefinitely.
Brooklyn Nets star guard Spencer Dinwiddie’s night was cut short as the heady point guard logged only 15 minutes before succumbing to a right knee strain. Seemingly harmless at first glance, Dinwiddie landed awkwardly and had to be assisted off the court. Dinwiddie started the Nets’ first two games alongside Kyrie Irving in the backcourt.
Not stars but certainly valuable role players, the Warriors’ Marquese Chriss and the Chicago Bulls’ Kris Dunn expect to miss an extended period of time. Dunn is scheduled to undergo arthroscopic surgery to remove loose cartilage in his right ankle. For Chriss, the young center suffered a broken right leg (fibula) and will miss the remainder of the season.
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Christian Jope is a writer, social media strategist, and data analyst. A Queen’s University Alumni, Christian is an author and social media strategist with Raptors Cage, while also working closely with MLSE and Canada Basketball through community-driven events.
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