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Clippers pick up much-needed win, take series lead

The Clippers now lead the series 2-1

Los Angeles Clippers v Dallas Mavericks - Game Three Photo by Ashley Landis-Pool/Getty Images

After an embarrassing performance in Game 2, the Clippers looked like the team we all expected on Friday night, as they defeated the Dallas Mavericks with ease, winning 130-122.

From start to finish, the Clippers looked like the better team. The most they trailed by was three, and from the early minutes of the second quarter through the end of the game, they led. Their largest lead stretched to as big as 18, though the Mavericks would inch their way back into the game.

The MVP of the game for the Clips was Kawhi Leonard, yet again. He’s been great for LA this series, and had another great game on Friday night. Leonard finished with a game-high 36 points, shooting 13-of-24 from the field. In addition, he added nine rebounds, eight assists, two steals and a block.

Whenever the Clippers needed a basket, Leonard always seemed to be the guy getting it done for LA. Along with Leonard, a lot of different player stepped up and had huge games for the Clippers. Six other players finished in double digits in scoring. Most notably, Landry Shamet, who finished with 18 points.

Getting the start in place of the injured Patrick Beverley, Shamet was incredible for the Clips tonight. His 18 points were the second most on team, as he shot 7-for-13 from deep while knocking down three from deep. Along with his shots from deep, Shamet was getting it done at the hoop as well.

The disrespect. An overall incredible game for Shamet, which was desperately needed with Beverley out.

Marcus Morris Sr. continues to have a great series. He shot 5-for-8, scoring 14 points with eight rebounds and three assists. His +/- of 11 was the second highest on the Clippers for the night. The highest? That belonged to Ivica Zubac. He finished as a +13, the best of any player.

After playing in only 18 minutes in game 2, Zubac played 29 minutes tonight. He finished the game with 15 points and six rebounds, but it seemed like a lot more. Zubac appeared to be everywhere on the court, offensively and defensively. It seemed as if every play he was involved somehow and was making an immediate impact on both sides of the ball.

After struggling the last game, Paul George struggled yet again, finishing with only 11 points. He shot 3-for-16 from the field, and a last minute layup got him into double digits. Going back to last game, he’s shooting 7-for-33 from the field. Obviously, that’s not ideal, but the fact the Clippers picked up such a dominant win without him producing sure is a good sign.

Hopefully this slump is over and George can help the team in game 4.

Up next

The Clippers will look to take a commanding 3-1 series lead on Sunday. Tip-off is at 12:30 p.m. PT on ABC.