Clippers hold off Doncic, Mavs after Porzingis is tossed

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Officials separate the Dallas Mavericks and the Los Angeles Clippers after the teams got into a scuffle in Game 1 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series, Monday, Aug. 17, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Kim Klement/Pool Photo via AP)


LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Kawhi Leonard and the Clippers had enough answers to withstand Luka Doncic’s dazzling debut — especially after his running mate was thrown out of the game. Leonard had 29 points and 12 rebounds, and the Clippers got a big boost from the ejection of Kristaps Porzingis to beat the Dallas Mavericks 118-110 on Monday night in Game 1 of their Western Conference playoff series. Doncic finished with 42 points, nine assists and seven rebounds, but Los Angeles pulled into the lead when Porzingis was ejected for picking up his second technical foul in the third quarter.

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