CLIPPERS END LUKA, MAVERICKS RUN TO REACH NEXT ROUND
Kawhi Leonard tallied 33 points and was a force on both ends of the floor to lead the Los Angeles Clippers to a 111-97 victory over the Dallas Mavericks on Sunday (US time) and get them into the Western Conference semifinals.
Ivica Zubac and Paul George each had 15 points for the Clippers, who, after ousting Luka Doncic and the Mavericks in 6 games, will play the winner of the Denver-Utah series, which the Jazz lead 3-2.
Dallas showed a lot of fight as it tried to keep its season alive, taking a 5-point lead after the first quarter and trailing by a manageable 57-51 deficit at the break.
But without No. 2 scorer Kristaps Porzingis, who was ruled out of the series because of a torn meniscus in his right knee, the Mavericks didn’t have enough offense to sustain their challenge.