NBA Daily: Double Whammy for Dallas - Loses Powell to Ruptured Achilles Tendon and Falls to Clippers 110-107
By Reylan Loberternos
Thu, 23 Jan 2020
Boracay Island, Philippines – Reigning Finals MVP and two-time Defensive Player of the Year Kawhi Leonard stuffed the stats sheet with 36 points, 11 rebounds, 2 assists, 3 steals, and 2 blocks to power the LA Clippers past the Dallas Mavericks 110-107 on Tuesday night (Wednesday morning, Philippine time) at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas.
Landry Shamet added 18 markers, taking all his eight shot attempts from deep and making five, including two clutch treys late in the game to step in for the injured Paul George, who has been sidelined for the last six games due to a left hamstring strain.
Lou Williams and Montrezl Harrell added 16 and 12, respectively, off the bench for the Clippers, who improved to 31 wins and 13 losses to take solo second spot on the Western Conference team standings.
Luka Doncic had a near triple-double of 36 markers, 10 boards, 9 dimes, and 2 blocks for Dallas. In big man Kristaps Porzingis’ first game back after missing 10 games due to knee soreness, another big man Dwight Powell suffered a season-ending ruptured right Achilles tendon with a little over 3 minutes left in the opening frame.
Porzingis finished with 10 points and 9 rebounds, to go with 1 assist, 1 steal, and 1 block, but shot poorly from the field, hitting only 4 of his 17 shot attempts, including 1-for-8 from the rainbow territory.
The Mavericks, who dropped to a 27-16 win-loss card to stay at 5th place on the Western Conference team standings, will travel to Portland, Oregon to face the Trail Blazers on Thursday night (Friday morning, Philippine time).
Meanwhile, the Clippers will face the Hawks in Atlanta on Wednesday night (Thursday morning, Philippine time).
How they scored:
Clippers 110 – Leonard 36, Shamet 18, Williams 16, Harrell 12, Zubac 9, Beverly 9, Green 6, McGruder 4
Rockets 107 – Doncic 36, Hardaway Jr. 13, Marjanovic 12, Porzingis 10, Finney-Smith 8, Kleber 8, Curry 8, Brunson 6, Barea 3, Wright 2, Powell 1
AROUND THE LEAGUE:
(Road Team – Home Team)
NO OTHER GAMES PLAYED
GAMES TODAY, JANUARY 23, 2020 CT
PHI @ TOR 8:00 AM CT
SAC @ DET 8:00 AM CT
OKC @ ORL 8:00 AM CT
LAL @ NYK 8:30 AM CT
MEM @ BOS 8:30 AM CT
WSH @ MIA 8:30 AM CT
LAC @ ATL 8:30 AM CT
MIN @ CHI 9:00 AM CT
DEN @ HOU 9:00 AM CT
IND @ PHX 10:00 AM CT
SAS @ NOP 10:30 AM CT
UTAH @ GSW 11:00 AM CT
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