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Luka Doncic, Mavericks rally past Kawhi Leonard, Clippers to steal Game 1

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LOS ANGELES — The NBA playoffs just began, which means the Los Angeles Clippers are struggling once again.

The Dallas Mavericks beat the Clippers 113-103 in Game 1 of their first-round series on Saturday at Staples Center. This happened less than a year after the Clippers failed to advance past the second round after squandering a 3-1 series lead to the Denver Nuggets.

Mavericks guard Luka Doncic finished with 31 points while shooting 11-of-24 from the field and 5-of-11 from 3-point range. He also pulled down 10 rebounds and dished out 11 assists to record the triple-double. Clippers star Kawhi Leonard countered with 26 points on 9-of-22 shooting. But it wasn't enough. Paul George added 23 points, but he missed his first seven shots.

Game 2 is on Tuesday at Staples Center.

Ty Lue and the Clippers had no answers for Luka Doncic.
Ty Lue and the Clippers had no answers for Luka Doncic.

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: NBA playoffs: Luka Doncic, Mavericks beat Kawhi Leonard, Clippers