Kawhi Leonard scored 29 points to help the Los Angeles Clippers beat the Dallas Mavericks 126-111 on Thursday night.
Paul George scored 24 points and Ivica Zubac added 21 points on 10-for-10 shooting and 15 rebounds for the Clippers, who strengthened their hold on the No. 2 spot in the Western Conference standings. The Clippers entered the night a just half-game ahead of Denver in the standings, but they shot 54% against the Mavericks to improve to 2-2 in the restart.
Kristaps Porzingis scored 30 points and Luka Doncic added 29 for Dallas, which fell to 1-3 in the restart. Doncic was coming off a monster game -- 34 points, 20 rebounds and 12 assists against the Sacramento Kings on Tuesday.
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The Clippers led Dallas by 12 in the third quarter before the Mavericks rallied and tied the game at 101 midway through the fourth. Los Angeles responded with a 9-0 run to regain control. The Clippers shot 62% in the fourth quarter to pull away.
Clippers: Patrick Beverley out with a left calf strain. He was injured against Phoenix on Tuesday. ... Outrebounded the Mavericks 45-37. ... Marcus Morris had 16 points on 5 for 7 shooting.
Mavericks: Seth Curry sat out his second straight game with a right leg injury. ... Made 17 of 48 3-pointers.
Clippers: Play the Portland Trail Blazers on Saturday.
Mavericks: Play the Milwaukee Bucks on Saturday.