NBA: Los Angeles Clippers win in Dallas (104-97) and snatch a 7th play-off game


The Clippers kept their season alive by winning in front of an almost full hall American Airlines Center in Dallas (18,300 spectators). After three victories for the Mavericks in Los Angeles and now just as many successes for the Clippers in Dallas, this is the first time in NBA history that no team has been able to win a single home game in the first six. matches in a series of play-offs.

Kawhi destroyed us. He had a hell of a game.

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The seventh meeting, which will determine the winner of the series, will be held Sunday at Staples Center in Los Angeles. « I didn’t want to go home« , rejoiced Kawhi Leonard, the great man of the match and fourth basketball player in history – after LeBron James, Wilt Chamberlain and the Canadian Jamal Murray – to manage to register 45 points with 70% of success in a game of play -off where his team was threatened with elimination.

« My teammates found me, I had openings, I put the baskets, and I continued from there« , he said, well helped in his task by Reggie Jackson (25 points) and Paul George (20 points, 13 rebounds). Luka Doncic for his part was the best player of the Mavericks with 29 points, most scored late in the game, and 11 assists. « (Kawhi) destroyed us. He had a hell of a match« , commented the Slovenian, well supported by Tim Hardaway (23 pts).

Kawhi Leonard during LA Clippers – Dallas Mavericks in Game 4 of the NBA Playoffs on May 30, 2021

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41% success rate for the Mavericks

The Mavericks, seeking revenge for a first-round playoff loss to the Clippers last season, fished for lack of precision with barely 29% success in the last quarter and 41% on the match. Leonard, on the other hand, carried the Clippers at arm’s length by putting 18 of 25 shots in the basket, including five of nine from three points.

The Mavericks, however, remain confident before the last game of the series on Sunday at the Staples Center, where they are this year unbeaten in the play-offs. « We all think we can win game 7« , said Doncic.

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