Mavs destroy Clippers 124-73 to earn 1st win of season

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Dallas Mavericks guard Luka Doncic, bottom left, reacts after drawing a foul during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Dallas Mavericks in Los Angeles, Sunday, Dec. 27, 2020. (AP Photo/Kyusung Gong)

LOS ANGELES – Luka Doncic scored 24 points and the Dallas Mavericks led by a NBA-record 50 points at halftime in a 124-73 rout of the Los Angeles Clippers on Sunday to earn their first win of the season.

Josh Richardson added 21 points and Tim Hardaway Jr. had 18 points for the Mavs, who kept up their dominance in the second half, too.

“There’s no huge secret,” Richardson said. “We just got up and played well. We played with a sense of urgency.”

The Clippers trailed 77-27 at halftime, with their 50-point deficit being the largest at the break in the shot-clock era, which began in 1954-55.

Paul George led the Kawhi Leonard-less Clippers with 15 points before sitting out the second half. Serge Ibaka added 13 points and nine rebounds over three quarters of the team's first loss. The Clippers began with victories over the defending NBA champion Lakers and Denver.

“It's not that big of a deal,” George said. “Yes, we got our butts kicked today, but it's one game.”

Los Angeles got outrebounded 32-16, had just three assists, and missed 18 of 19 3-pointers in the first half. George was the only Clipper in double figures with 13 after missing all six of his 3-point attempts.

“It was a tough game, coming from Christmas. I enjoyed my Christmas Day yesterday, today just popped up on me a little too fast,” George said. “I take full responsibility. It'll be a different situation next game. We will be ready.”