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Doncic shines as Dallas Mavericks foil LA Clippers in playoff opener

/ 07:53 AM May 23, 2021
Luka Doncic #77 of the Dallas Mavericks smiles after his three pointer in the second quarter against the LA Clippers during game one of the Western Conference first round series at Staples Center on May 22, 2021 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.   Harry How/Getty Images/AFP (Photo by Harry How / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / Getty Images via AFP)

Luka Doncic  of the Dallas Mavericks smiles after his three pointer in the second quarter against the LA Clippers during game one of the Western Conference first round series at Staples Center on May 22, 2021 in Los Angeles, California.  (Getty Images via AFP)

LOS ANGELES – The fifth seeded Dallas Mavericks rallied late in the fourth quarter to down the fourth-seeded Los Angeles Clippers, 113-103 in their NBA Western Conference playoff opener on Saturday at the Staples Center.

Mavs star Luka Doncic scored a 31-point triple double with 10 rebounds and 11 assists as Dallas pulled away to win after trailing by three points with five minutes remaining.

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Tim Hardaway Jr. had 21 points while Dorian Finney-Smith added 18 as the Mavs took a 1-0 series lead against the Clippers, who beat Dallas in six games at the same stage of the playoffs last season.

“I hope it’s going to be different this time, I hope it’s not going to be the same story,” Doncic said afterwards.

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“I forgot how much fun it was to play in the playoffs.”

Kawhi Leonard led the Clippers scorers with 26 points, with Paul George adding 23.

In other games Saturday, the Brooklyn Nets face the Boston Celtics, while the Denver Nuggets host the Portland Trail Blazers in the late Western Conference game.

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