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It would have been understandable for the Dallas Mavericks to fold in overtime against the Los Angeles Clippers after losing a 10-point lead.

Kristaps Porzingis and Luka Dončić weren’t about to let that happen, and they dominated the final five minutes.

Porzingis scored 30 points, including six in overtime, and Dončić scored 26 on his return to the roster as the Mavericks beat the Clippers 112-104 on Tuesday night.

“For a second you’re disappointed because we should have finished them (in regulation time), but I think we’re growing mentally as a team,” said Porzingis, who has scored 20 or more points in seven straight games. , a career high. “We realized it was five more minutes and we went over there and proved ourselves to be the top team.”

The Mavericks were leading 102-92 at the end of the fourth quarter before the Clippers scored 11 of the last 12 points to force overtime, including a 3-pointer from Paul George on the buzzer.

“That second seemed like an eternity. I guess I just freed myself and let it fly, ”said George.

Dallas, however, scored the first seven points in overtime and dominated Los Angeles 9-1 to break a three-game slippage that included a six-point loss to the Clippers on Sunday.

Dončić, who has missed the last three games with left knee and ankle sprains, also tallied nine rebounds and nine assists in 41 minutes.

Dallas trailed by six at halftime, but scored 38 points in the third quarter to take an 80-76 advantage going into the final 12 minutes. Dončić had 15 points during the period and four assists that gave the Mavericks 10 more points.

“Overtime in the first second leg? It’s hard. But we got the win and I’m happy, ”said Dončić.

Dallas coach Jason Kidd was pleased with the way his two stars played, especially Porzingis, who made his 10 free throws in 40 minutes of action.

“He plays at a very high level. He didn’t force anything. Sometimes when a star player returns, others can change their game, but they don’t, ”Kidd said. “Luca’s prep work over the past two days was at a high level. He has a good feeling and there is a great confidence that the other guys were going to play.

Reggie Jackson led the Clippers with 31 points, his record in 2 1/2 seasons with the team. George scored 26.

Jackson scored 3 points with 4.2 seconds left to bring LA down to 102-100. George then fouled Maxi Kleber with 1.9 seconds left. Kleber made his first free throw, but missed the second. George recovered the rebound and called for a time out with 1.1 seconds to go.

After the Clippers moved the ball to midfield, Terance Mann passed to George, who hit a 3-pointer from the right corner to send him into overtime.

“We wanted a catch-and-shoot. Terance gave a good pass and he gave us a big blow, ”said Clippers coach Tyronn Lue.

The teams were competing for the second time in three days and things got complicated at times. Dončić received a technical foul at the end of the first quarter for taunting Mann. The two teams – who won’t see each other again until February – don’t have many warm feelings for each other after a controversial first-round playoff series last season the Clippers won in seven games after coming down. 3-1.

“Two great teams. Great players. We both go out and focus on our principles, ”said Jackson, who also picked up 10 rebounds. “Lots of similarities. I think we will continue to have great battles.

The Mavericks were 6 of 30 on 3 points in Sunday’s loss and started Tuesday’s game missing their first 13 beyond the arc before warming up. They went 12 for 26 the rest of the game.

Mavericks: Dorian Finney-Smith, who has scored a season-high 17 points, scored eight points on a 16-5 streak halfway through the fourth to give Dallas a double-digit lead. … Jalen Brunson injured his left foot in the first half and did not come back. … Reggie Bullock (disease unrelated to COVID-19) and Frank Ntilikina (right calf strain) did not perform.

Clippers: George missed his first five shots from the field and didn’t get his first basket until 1:44 was left in the first half. … Marcus Morris Sr., who missed 15 games with a left knee injury, had 10 points in 31 minutes. … Nicolas Batum entered the NBA’s pre-game health and safety protocol and is expected to miss at least 10 days. LA canceled its morning shootaround for precautionary reasons. … The Clippers’ biggest lead was 11 points in the first quarter and the end of the second before Dallas scored the final five points to reach 48-42 at halftime. … Mann received a flagrant foul 1 in the third quarter.

Justen Glad scored the deciding sixth-round penalty shootout and Real Salt Lake beat Seattle 6-5 in the tiebreaker after a scoreless game to eliminate the Sounders in the first round of the MLS Cup playoffs on Tuesday. evening.

Justen Glad scored the deciding sixth-round penalty shootout and Real Salt Lake beat Seattle 6-5 in the tiebreaker after a scoreless game to eliminate the Sounders in the first round of the MLS Cup playoffs

Ahmir Langlais came off the bench to score 15 points to lead five players in double digits and South Carolina Upstate held off South Carolina State 82-78

Jordan Minor and Mykel Derring both scored career-high 25 points and Merrimack took a 75-60 victory over Hartford

CJ McCollum scored 32 points and the Portland Trail Blazers handed the exhausted Denver Nuggets their fifth straight loss with a 119-100 victory

Dane Goodwin scored 17 points to lead six players in double digits and Notre Dame turned in a dominant second half to beat Chaminade, 90-64, in a second round match of the Maui Invitational tournament in Las Vegas.

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