Mavericks star Luka Doncic showed up on Wednesday night at the American Airlines Center, putting up 42 points and nine assists to beat the Los Angeles Clippers 105-89.
In a “playoff” like atmosphere, Dallas outscored Los Angeles 81-60 over the final three quarters to close out the win.
And now Dallas - which has won six of its last eight and 12 of the last 16 - get some more of the same atmosphere in Portland on Friday night.
In the win over the Clips, all five Maverick starters finished with double-figure points. Josh Richardson shined, scoring 14 points and winning the defensive belt.
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Before we turn the page to Portland ... let's review Mavs talk:
Doncic on playing the Clippers:
"These past two games were like the playoffs."
Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle on the team's effort:
"I'm not surprised at all about how we came out and stayed with it. ... I do think we took some steps tonight, but the burning question is, 'Where do you take it from here?'"
Carlisle on Paul George:
"I'm not going to say anything about Paul George, who may have slipped on the floor. ... Paul George is a great player."
Carlisle on Richardson's defense:
"His loose ball plays at the beginning of the game set the tone for the entire evening."
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Josh Richardson on his defensive mentality:
"From the jump, I kinda wanted to send a message and let them know it wasn't going to be easy tonight."
Maxi Kleber on Doncic:
"Today, he just did incredible things. He was scoring every basket it seemed like."
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The Mavericks (21-18) will now travel and face the Portland Trailblazers (23-16), on Friday at 9 p.m. CT.
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