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Dallas Mavericks 124-73 Los Angeles Clippers: Mavs set half-time lead record in big win

Dallas led Clippers by 50 points at half-time - a new league record - on way to picking up first victory of the season

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Luka Doncic had 24 points, nine rebounds and eight assists, and the Dallas Mavericks set an NBA record for the largest half-time lead in the shot-clock era in a 124-73 win at the Los Angeles Clippers on Sunday.

Josh Richardson scored 15 of his 21 points in the first half for Dallas, wgi took a 77-27 lead into the break after shooting 58 percent from the floor and holding the Clippers to 24.3 per cent including 1 of 19 from 3-point distance.

The Golden State Warriors owned the previous record for largest half-time lead in the shot-clock era (1954-55), taking a 47-point advantage into the break against the Sacramento Kings on November 2, 1991.

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The Clippers played without four-time All Star forward Kawhi Leonard, who sustained a laceration near his mouth late in Friday's win against the visiting Denver Nuggets.

Paul George scored 15 points and Serge Ibaka had 13 points and nine rebounds for Los Angeles, whose perfect start to the season came to a shuddering halt.

In a remarkable first quarter the Clippers scored the first two points of the game, but didn't score again until 8:11 remained in the opening quarter as the Mavericks took their first double-digit lead on a 3-pointer by Maxi Kleber that made it 16-5 with 5:50 left in the first quarter.

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Dallas had lost their first two games of the season but had Josh Richardson dazzle in a remarkable first half
Image: Dallas had lost their first two games of the season but had Josh Richardson dazzle in a remarkable first half

Los Angeles went six minutes without a basket before Ivica Zubac scored on a dunk with 2:08 left in the opening quarter, but those points only cut the deficit to 27-9.

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Dallas scored the first nine points of the second quarter to move ahead 45-13, and the Mavericks held the Clippers without a basket for another long stretch to extend their lead to 62-18 midway through the second quarter.

Trey Burke hit a 3-pointer with 23.5 seconds left in the half to make it 77-27 and set the 50-point history-making mark.

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The Clippers scored the first 10 points of the second half for their best surge of the game, but the Mavericks outscored Los Angeles by eight points the rest of the quarter to take a 104-57 lead into the fourth and they closed out the win with little fuss.

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