The Dallas Mavericks defeated the Los Angeles Clippers 114-110 and sealed their ninth home win of the season. Rookie Luka Dončić missed the game due to a non-serious right hip injury (strained right hip).
Two days after a defeat in Los Angeles against the Lakers, the Mavs hosted the Clippers who are 5th in the West.
The Clippers took an early lead and led 35-34 after first quarter. With 15-0 run in the second quarter Dallas took an eight point lead and led into the half 62-58. Dennis Smith Jr. will remember third quarter for some time. He took an elbow to the mouth from Patrick Beverly and lost a tooth.
After the game Smith made a joke that even without his tooth he still looked good.
The Mavs were up by eight before the final quarter. The Clippers tied the game at the 1:15 mark and even led for 14 seconds of the final minute, but it was Smith who sealed the victory for the Mavs.Harrison Barnes scored a season-high 30 points and 9 rebounds.
JJ Barrea also scored a season-high 24 points off the bench. Montrezl Harrell scored 23 points off the Los Angeles bench.