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WATCH: Dorian Finney-Smith, Luka Doncic carry Dallas Mavericks to Game 1 win over Los Angeles Clippers

Dallas Mavericks, Luka Doncic, Los Angeles Clippers
May 22, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; Dallas Mavericks guard Luka Doncic (77) shoots over LA Clippers center Ivica Zubac (40) during the third quarter of game one in the first round of the 2021 NBA Playoffs at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports

Dorian Finney-Smith hit two late 3-pointers, one triggering a 7-0 burst that broke a tie and propelled the visiting Dallas Mavericks to a 113-103 victory over the fourth-seeded Los Angeles Clippers in Game 1 of their Western Conference first-round playoff series on Saturday afternoon.

Game 2 in the best-of-seven is scheduled for Tuesday, also in Los Angeles.

Hitting four of his five 3-point attempts, Finney-Smith finished with 18 points, while Luka Doncic had a game-high 31 as part of a triple-double and Tim Hardaway Jr. 21 for the Mavericks, who won the season series 2-1 over the Clippers.

Kawhi Leonard had a team-high 26 points and Paul George scored 23 for the Clippers, who beat Dallas 4-2 in a first-round series last year in the bubble.

After the Mavericks, up by as many as 12 in the first half, held a lead for almost the entire first 39 minutes of the game, Nicolas Batum and George buried consecutive 3-pointers to put the Clippers on top 89-87 with 9:00 remaining, setting up a tight finish.

Finney-Smith’s first crucial 3-pointer came during a stretch in which the Mavericks and Clippers exchanged leads seven times over the course of 4:12. His shot gave Dallas a 95-94 advantage with 6:55 left.

The Clippers rallied to go up by as many as three, and a George jumper with 3:12 remaining forged the game’s final tie at 100 all before Dallas made its last surge.

Finney-Smith’s second 3-pointer broke the tie with 2:50 remaining, after which Kristaps Porzingis added two free throws and Hardaway a layup to complete the seven-point run and put the Mavericks in charge at 107-100 with just 1:24 to play.

The Clippers got no closer than five after that.

Doncic and Hardaway bombed in five 3-pointers apiece as the Mavericks outscored the Cli(ppers 51-33 from beyond the arc.

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Doncic completed his triple-double with a game-high-tying 10 rebounds and a game-high 11 assists, while Jalen Brunson chipped in with 15 points and Porzingis 14 for Dallas.

Leonard’s 26 points came on 9-for-22 shooting and George’s 23 on 8-for-18 shooting, as the Clippers were outshot by the visitors 50.0 percent to 44.0 percent.

Leonard completed a double-double with a team-high 10 rebounds.

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Batum and Rajon Rondo both came off the bench to contribute 11 points to the Los Angeles offense, while Patrick Beverley added 10.

–Field Level Media