Paul George described the Clippers’ defense as “scary” after Los Angeles struck out Luke Doncic in a dominant 114-99 victory over the Mavericks.
The Mavs saw their winning streak of five games hit the US Aerospace Center on Tuesday as George and Kawhi Leonard combined for 54 points in a rogue show.
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The Clippers have put together a masterful defensive plan to limit Doncic, who comes from a series of four games with at least 30 points and 10 assists. The 20-year-old finished with 22 points, eight rebounds and six assists, but was just 4-of-14 from the field and 0-of-8 from 3-point range. He also committed seven of his team’s 20 turnovers.
While admitting that the offense can be improved, George believes the Clippers’ defense is already a force to be reckoned with.
“Educational, we still count it,” said George. “We are still a work in progress, but I think defensively is where every game gets better and better, even for me and Leonard, but for the team as a whole. I don’t even think.
“It’s something that happens, it’s a natural habit we create, that’s the most frightening because everybody thinks the same thing when we’re on the defensive end and just trying to get out.”
Leonard added: “We came out with a defensive mindset on the road. [We] wanted to do the best job we could on Luke, killing him lately, playing at a very high level. Hard for him tonight, getting some diversions. , and I think we could do that. “
Dallas coach Rick Carlisle believed Doncic had failed to allow him to get the best out of him during a bruising encounter.
“It was frustrating because he was hit and hit the floor sometimes earlier,” Carlisle said. “The teams are natural with him, they want to make him feel touch, they want to hit the floor as often as possible.
“He’s wearing great players, but he stayed in the game. He didn’t let frustrations with the staff get him.”
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