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Syracuse loses fourth straight game, 101-90, in double overtime at No. 23 Florida State

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — With no true point guard and all eyes fixated on Tyus Battle, two defenders swarmed the Syracuse star. There was no room to move. Battle played all of regulation and all but 24.6 seconds of both overtimes, pouring every ounce he had into a game- and career-high 37 points to pace the Orange.A 10-second rule was called because Syracuse could not get the ball across mid-court. The Seminoles drilled their 11th 3-pointer of the game on their next possession, paving the path for a late surge to separate themselves from the Orange in the second overtime on Saturday afternoon.In Syracuse’s first multi-OT game since the Connecticut six-OT game in the 2009 Big East Tournament, Florida State launched from deep and brought an offensive attack Syracuse (12-6, 1-4) has not seen this season. Sagging to protect the rim comes with a risk — an open perimeter — and the Seminoles converted on 11 3-pointers. When the Orange stretched out to defend 3s, the Seminoles (13-4, 2-3) worked inside with their considerable size, winning 101-90 at the Donald L. Tucker Civic Center and handing SU its fourth straight loss.“That was a good effort,” Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim said, noting that SU overcame a 10-point deficit out of the break. “Tremendous effort … we played well and we’re playing better on offense.”The SU defense was strong early, but the offense was inflammable. They swapped in the second half and much of overtime, as Battle exploded for drives, 3-pointers and an array of versatility to make it a game.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textAt the end of regulation, Battle drilled a 3-pointer from the right wing with six seconds left. It sent the game into overtime, the score even at 74, and silenced a previously raucous home crowd. He scored 22 points in the second half and added 10 more in the overtime periods. Battle is SU’s leading scorer, who lifted SU to a win at Georgetown a month ago with two late 3-pointers in an overtime thriller. Saturday, with starting point guard Frank Howard fouled out and no other consistent scoring option, Battle put SU on his back.“I was playing too fast, they were speeding me up,” Battle said. “In the second half, I just slowed down, saw the floor, stayed aggressive.“Just little mistakes that lost us the game. Defensive errors, defensive breakdowns. I let their guys get wide open corner 3s.”What followed many of Battle’s scoring plays was an FSU answer. The high-scoring Seminoles knew how they would beat Syracuse, even without their leading scorer in junior Terance Mann.Shoot the 3.The Seminoles take more 3s per game than any team in the conference and they entered Saturday with the 29th-best scoring offense in the country, averaging nearly 84 points per game. They were held to only 31 points in the first half. But the goal was to beat SU via the 3, and they stuck to their gameplan. FSU shot 11-for-32 from deep.Despite Battle’s outing and the fact that four SU players reached double figures, the Syracuse offense could not keep pace. It was a close game, but Syracuse is stuck in neutral, held back by few scoring options, lethargy and a bevy of turnovers. The Orange committed 19, and FSU turned those into 31 points.At point guard, Howard scored 13 points and dished out five assists before fouling out late in regulation. He was subdued post-game, but he extracted the positive from Syracuse’s 90-point offensive outburst.“We played well, moved the ball a lot better in the second half,” Howard said. “We got some driving lanes. I think we’re starting to find our niche on the offensive end.”It may have come at a convenient time. The Orange’s near upset win could provide Syracuse a momentum boost at a needed time. For one, it was a near a road win against a ranked opponent, something that eluded the program last season. It would have snapped a three-game skid, as well, and the victory represents how formidable the Syracuse defense can be.The Orange will return home Tuesday for Pittsburgh (8-10, 0-5), the worst team in the ACC. Boston College follows, and the Orange is predicted to win each of its next four games, according to Kenpom.com.It may not be time to panic just yet, considering Syracuse started conference play 0-4 two years ago, when the Orange went dancing all of the way to the Final Four. But SU’s fourth straight loss is significant and it will take a strong next month and a half of play to dig itself out of this hole and earn an NCAA Tournament berth.“It’s five games. Who cares?” Boeheim said. “You got a whole season, 14 games left. Who cares? It doesn’t matter. We had a tough start, three tough road games. If we lost them by 10 or 12, I’d be really worried. We had a really good chance to win two of the three.” Comments Published on January 13, 2018 at 5:28 pm Contact Matthew: mguti100@syr.edu | @MatthewGut21last_img read more

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Paul George, Kawhi Leonard and Clippers stifle Luka Doncic and Mavericks

first_imgPreviousDALLAS, TEXAS – NOVEMBER 26: Paul George #13 of the Los Angeles Clippers at American Airlines Center on November 26, 2019 in Dallas, Texas. 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. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)Mavericks forward Dorian Finney-Smith defends as Clippers forward Kawhi Leonard works for a shot opportunity during the first half of Tuesday’s game in Dallas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)Los Angeles Clippers forward Paul George, left, and Patrick Beverley (21) defend as Dallas Mavericks forward Luka Doncic (77) drives to the basket in the first half of an NBA basketball game in Dallas, Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2019. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsDALLAS, TEXAS – NOVEMBER 26: Paul George #13 of the Los Angeles Clippers takes a shot against the Dallas Mavericks at American Airlines Center on November 26, 2019 in Dallas, Texas. 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. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)Los Angeles Clippers guard Rodney McGruder (19) defends as Dallas Mavericks guard Seth Curry (30) prepares to pass the ball in the first half of an NBA basketball game in Dallas, Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2019. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)DALLAS, TEXAS – NOVEMBER 26: Kawhi Leonard #2 of the Los Angeles Clippers at American Airlines Center on November 26, 2019 in Dallas, Texas. 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. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)DALLAS, TEXAS – NOVEMBER 26: Kawhi Leonard #2 of the Los Angeles Clippers takes a shot against Kristaps Porzingis #6 and Dorian Finney-Smith #10 of the Dallas Mavericks at American Airlines Center on November 26, 2019 in Dallas, Texas. 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. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)Los Angeles Clippers guard Patrick Beverley (21) defends as Dallas Mavericks guard Delon Wright (55) works to the basket for a shot in the first half of an NBA basketball game in Dallas, Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2019. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)Dallas Mavericks forward Kristaps Porzingis (6) is fouled going up for a shot by LA Clippers forward Maurice Harkless (8) in the first half of an NBA basketball game in Dallas, Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2019. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)Dallas Mavericks forward Kristaps Porzingis (6) is fouled going up for a shot by Los Angeles Clippers forward Maurice Harkless (8) in the first half of an NBA basketball game in Dallas, Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2019. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)Dallas Mavericks forward Kristaps Porzingis (6) celebrates sinking a 3-point basket in the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Clippers in Dallas, Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2019. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)Los Angeles Clippers forward Kawhi Leonard (2) advances the ball up court against the Dallas Mavericks in the second half of an NBA basketball game in Dallas, Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2019. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)Dallas Mavericks guard Seth Curry (30) drives to the basket as Los Angeles Clippers guard Rodney McGruder (19) defends in the second half of an NBA basketball game in Dallas, Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2019. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)DALLAS, TEXAS – NOVEMBER 26: Kawhi Leonard #2 of the Los Angeles Clippers takes a shot against the Dallas Mavericks at American Airlines Center on November 26, 2019 in Dallas, Texas. 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. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)Dallas Mavericks forward Luka Doncic (77) handles the ball in the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Clippers in Dallas, Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2019. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)DALLAS, TEXAS – NOVEMBER 26: Montrezl Harrell #5 of the Los Angeles Clippers at American Airlines Center on November 26, 2019 in Dallas, Texas. 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. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)DALLAS, TEXAS – NOVEMBER 26: Lou Williams #23 of the Los Angeles Clippers takes a shot against Luka Doncic #77 of the Dallas Mavericks at American Airlines Center on November 26, 2019 in Dallas, Texas. 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. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)DALLAS, TEXAS – NOVEMBER 26: Tim Hardaway Jr. #11 of the Dallas Mavericks takes a shot against Ivica Zubac #40 of the Los Angeles Clippers at American Airlines Center on November 26, 2019 in Dallas, Texas. 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. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)DALLAS, TEXAS – NOVEMBER 26: Lou Williams #23 of the Los Angeles Clippers at American Airlines Center on November 26, 2019 in Dallas, Texas. 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. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)DALLAS, TEXAS – NOVEMBER 26: Montrezl Harrell #5 of the Los Angeles Clippers makes a slam dunk against the Dallas Mavericks at American Airlines Center on November 26, 2019 in Dallas, Texas. 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. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)Dallas Mavericks guard Tim Hardaway Jr. (11) celebrates after sinking a basket against the Los Angeles Clippers in the first half of an NBA basketball game in Dallas, Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2019. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)Dallas Mavericks forward Luka Doncic (77) shoots between Los Angeles Clippers’ JaMychal Green (4) and Paul George (13) in the first half of an NBA basketball game in Dallas, Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2019. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)DALLAS, TEXAS – NOVEMBER 26: Lou Williams #23 of the Los Angeles Clippers takes a shot against Seth Curry #30 of the Dallas Mavericks at American Airlines Center on November 26, 2019 in Dallas, Texas. 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. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)DALLAS, TEXAS – NOVEMBER 26: Boban Marjanovic #51 of the Dallas Mavericks and Lou Williams #23 of the Los Angeles Clippers at American Airlines Center on November 26, 2019 in Dallas, Texas. 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. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)DALLAS, TEXAS – NOVEMBER 26: Paul George #13 of the Los Angeles Clippers at American Airlines Center on November 26, 2019 in Dallas, Texas. 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. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)DALLAS, TEXAS – NOVEMBER 26: Luka Doncic #77 of the Dallas Mavericks is fouled by Patrick Beverley #21 of the Los Angeles Clippers at American Airlines Center on November 26, 2019 in Dallas, Texas. 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. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)Los Angeles Clippers head coach Doc Rivers instructs his team in the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Dallas Mavericks in Dallas, Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2019. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)DALLAS, TEXAS – NOVEMBER 26: Kawhi Leonard #2 of the Los Angeles Clippers takes a shot against the Dallas Mavericks at American Airlines Center on November 26, 2019 in Dallas, Texas. 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. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)Dallas Mavericks forward Dwight Powell (7) shouts out after being charged with a foul in the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Clippers in Dallas, Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2019. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)DALLAS, TEXAS – NOVEMBER 26: Montrezl Harrell #5 of the Los Angeles Clippers takes a shot against Tim Hardaway Jr. #11 of the Dallas Mavericks at American Airlines Center on November 26, 2019 in Dallas, Texas. 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. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)Dallas Mavericks guard Seth Curry (30) drives to the basket as Los Angeles Clippers guard Rodney McGruder (19) defends in the second half of an NBA basketball game in Dallas, Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2019. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)DALLAS, TEXAS – NOVEMBER 26: Kawhi Leonard #2 of the Los Angeles Clippers at American Airlines Center on November 26, 2019 in Dallas, Texas. 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. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)DALLAS, TEXAS – NOVEMBER 26: Kawhi Leonard #2 of the Los Angeles Clippers makes the slam dunk against the Dallas Mavericks at American Airlines Center on November 26, 2019 in Dallas, Texas. 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. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)DALLAS, TEXAS – NOVEMBER 26: Boban Marjanovic #51 of the Dallas Mavericks takes a shot against Montrezl Harrell #5 of the Los Angeles Clippers at American Airlines Center on November 26, 2019 in Dallas, Texas. 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. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)Los Angeles Clippers forward Kawhi Leonard (2) sprints forward to the basket as Dallas Mavericks forward Dorian Finney-Smith (10) defends in the second half of an NBA basketball game in Dallas, Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2019. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)Los Angeles Clippers forward Paul George (13) is fouled going up for a basket by Dallas Mavericks forward Dwight Powell in the second half of an NBA basketball game in Dallas, Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2019. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)DALLAS, TEXAS – NOVEMBER 26: Jalen Brunson #13 of the Dallas Mavericks takes a shot against Lou Williams #23 of the Los Angeles Clippers at American Airlines Center on November 26, 2019 in Dallas, Texas. 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. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)DALLAS, TEXAS – NOVEMBER 26: Paul George #13 of the Los Angeles Clippers takes a shot against Kristaps Porzingis #6 of the Dallas Mavericks at American Airlines Center on November 26, 2019 in Dallas, Texas. 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. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)The Clippers’ Paul George takes a shot as the Mavericks’ Kristaps Porzingis defends during Tuesday’s game in Dallas. George had 26 points and six steals in a 114-99 win. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)Dallas Mavericks head coach Rick Carlisle walks on the court after calling a timeout in the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Clippers in Dallas, Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2019. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)DALLAS, TEXAS – NOVEMBER 26: Kawhi Leonard #2 of the Los Angeles Clippers at American Airlines Center on November 26, 2019 in Dallas, Texas. 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. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)Dallas Mavericks guard Jalen Brunson (13) and Seth Curry (30) defend against a shot by Los Angeles Clippers forward Kawhi Leonard (2) in the second half of an NBA basketball game in Dallas, Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2019. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)Dallas Mavericks forward Dwight Powell (7) defends as Los Angeles Clippers forward Montrezl Harrell (5) grabs a pass in the paint in the second half of an NBA basketball game in Dallas, Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2019. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)Los Angeles Clippers guard Lou Williams (23) works against Dallas Mavericks guard J.J. Barea (5) for a shot opportunity in the second half of an NBA basketball game in Dallas, Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2019. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)Los Angeles Clippers guard Patrick Beverley (21) fouls Dallas Mavericks guard J.J. Barea (5) as forward Kawhi Leonard, right, looks on in the second half of an NBA basketball game in Dallas, Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2019. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)DALLAS, TEXAS – NOVEMBER 26: Paul George #13 of the Los Angeles Clippers at American Airlines Center on November 26, 2019 in Dallas, Texas. 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. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)Los Angeles Clippers forward Paul George (13) is fouled going up for a basket by Dallas Mavericks forward Dwight Powell in the second half of an NBA basketball game in Dallas, Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2019. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)DALLAS, TEXAS – NOVEMBER 26: Lou Williams #23 of the Los Angeles Clippers takes a shot against Luka Doncic #77 of the Dallas Mavericks at American Airlines Center on November 26, 2019 in Dallas, Texas. 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. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)DALLAS, TEXAS – NOVEMBER 26: Paul George #13 of the Los Angeles Clippers at American Airlines Center on November 26, 2019 in Dallas, Texas. 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. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)Mavericks forward Dorian Finney-Smith defends as Clippers forward Kawhi Leonard works for a shot opportunity during the first half of Tuesday’s game in Dallas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)NextShow Caption1 of 48Mavericks forward Dorian Finney-Smith defends as Clippers forward Kawhi Leonard works for a shot opportunity during the first half of Tuesday’s game in Dallas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)ExpandDALLAS — Paul George and Kawhi Leonard gave the young European duo from the Dallas Mavericks the best look yet at life among the elite in the Western Conference.George scored 17 of his 26 points in the first quarter, Leonard finished with 28 and the Clippers took control early in a meeting of teams with matching five-game winning streaks, beating the Mavericks 114-99 on Tuesday night.The Clippers (13-5) used several defenders to end Luka Doncic’s franchise-record streak of four games with at least 30 points and 10 assists, knocking the 20-year-old phenom to the floor early on a 4-of-14 shooting night. Doncic had 22 points, eight rebounds and six assists.Kristaps Porzingis was 4 for 13, the 7-foot-3 Latvian combining with the Rookie of the Year from Slovenia to go 8 for 27 compared to 19 for 42 for the Clippers’ All-Star wings. George added a career-high six steals to help hold the Mavericks under 100 points for the first time this season. PG13 FLIES IN. ✈️ #ClipperNation He’s up to 17 PTS in the 1Q on @NBATV! pic.twitter.com/MpqLSB5Vec— NBA (@NBA) November 27, 2019 Clippers hope they can play to their capabilities, quell Mavericks’ momentum “They’re looking to win a championship; they played like it was a playoff game,” said Porzingis, who hit a 28-footer 22 seconds into the game and another 3-pointer from the logo at center court just before halftime but finished 3 for 8 from beyond the arc. He had 15 points and 10 rebounds.“They played aggressively and they showed us that we have to learn how to play these games. We have to bring that same intensity.”Patrick Beverley got in foul trouble as one of the defenders assigned to Doncic, who had to settle for doing most of his damage on free throws, making 14 of 16.Beverley getting his fourth foul early in the second half just brought back Lou Williams sooner. The high-scoring reserve finished with 21 points, going 4 for 7 from 3-point range while Doncic missed all seven of his deep tries against the Clippers’ defense.“That’s who we are as a team,” said George, who had all four of his 3-pointers in the first quarter. “We pride ourselves on defense. Offensively, we’ve got guys who can score the ball, but we want to make it tough on a nightly basis on whoever we’re playing.” Game 4 photos: Luka Doncic, Mavs shock Clippers in overtime Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Dallas was trailing by three when Doncic joined the rest of the starters on the bench in the final minute of the first quarter. By the time those five came back together in the second, the Clippers’ lead was 48-32.The Clippers’ reserves scored 16 of the 20 points during the run, with Leonard getting the other four. The NBA’s highest-scoring bench finished with 44 points. Dallas, fourth on that list, scored 37 bench points, most with the outcome no longer in doubt.“They’re big, they’re strong, they’re highly skilled,” Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle said. “They pick you up full court and they hound you. This is a game we’ve got to learn from and do better next time.”TIP-INSClippers: Montrezl Harrell scored 12 points two nights after tying his career high with 34 against New Orleans to help finish a sweep of a five-game homestand. … Leonard had a team high-tying eight rebounds, and Williams had six rebounds and six assists.Mavericks: Doncic had a third straight game without a triple-double, the longest run without one this season for the NBA’s leader in triple-doubles (seven). … Dallas shot a season-low 38 percent. … Seth Curry scored 13 off the bench, and J.J. Barea had 12.TURNOVER TIMEDoncic committed seven turnovers in his sixth game with at least seven this season. The Mavericks had 20, two off their season-high in their second game with at least that many.COMFORTABLY IN FRONTThe Clippers led by double digits most of the last three quarters, peaking at a 24-point lead with three minutes left in the game. George gave them the lead for good with a 3-pointer for a 23-21 lead with 4:25 left in the first quarter.UP NEXTThe Clippers play at Memphis on Wednesday to finish their fourth set of back-to-back games so far this season. It’s the second road game in a stretch with seven of nine away from home.center_img What the Clippers are saying the day after Luka Doncic’s game-winner tied series, 2-2 For Lakers’ LeBron James, Jacob Blake’s shooting is bigger issue than a big Game 4 victory Clippers’ Paul George: ‘If I make shots, this series could be a little different’ The Mavericks had taken the Southwest Division lead with a win at Houston for their fifth consecutive victory and weren’t too far removed from a loss to LeBron James and the Lakers that required a buzzer-beating 3-pointer to force overtime in Dallas.But the other expected title contenders from L.A. offered a dose of reality for a team looking to end a three-season run without reaching the playoffs.Related Articles ❄️ @TeamLou23 was SMOOTH in the @LAClippers 6th-straight win!21 PTS | 6 REB | 6 AST | 4 3PM pic.twitter.com/FqGSbBMx7T— NBA (@NBA) November 27, 2019last_img read more