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The James Harden period in Los Angeles is off to a tough begin.
Harden completed with 14 factors on a modest 50 p.c taking pictures, though all of his scoring got here within the opening quarter because the Los Angeles Clippers have been blown out by the Dallas Mavericks on Friday evening. They trailed 77-51 on the half earlier than dropping by the ultimate rating of 144-126.
The previous MVP didn’t rating some extent after the primary interval. The Clippers are actually 0-3 in video games that Harden has began, with two double-digit losses.
Paul George additionally underwhelmed, ending with a mere eight factors whereas connecting on simply three of his 12 area objective makes an attempt. After getting into the season with hopes of contending for a title, Los Angeles presently has a file of 3-5.
NBA followers have been amused by each Harden and the Clippers struggling mightily, and Mavericks postgame analyst Brian Dameris received issues began, trash-talking Harden previous to the sport.
Bally Sports activities Southwest @BallySportsSW
Inform us how you actually really feel, @bdameris.
Chris Mannix @SIChrisMannix
About 4 1/2 minutes to go within the third — third! — and the Mavs have crossed 100 factors. The Clippers proper now are a disaster.
Joey Linn @joeylinn_
James Harden had 14 factors on 100% taking pictures within the first quarter.
He didn’t rating once more after that.
Legion Hoops @LegionHoops
The Mavericks are presently on a 32-9 run vs. the Clippers… 👀
Ahmed/The Ears/IG: BigBizTheGod 🇸🇴 @big_business_
Clippers dropping by 25 and Luka dropped 27 factors on them within the first half pic.twitter.com/i1Tyc7eheQ
Clippers down 26 on the half 😭 pic.twitter.com/rGrpqtj7X1
The Clippers since buying and selling for James Harden been on a NIGHTMARE run 😭🤣 pic.twitter.com/Ml0HkzUbjA
NBA on ESPN @ESPNNBA
Robust first half for the Clippers 😳 pic.twitter.com/sKcIJUwmW0
Farbod Esnaashari @Farbod_E
I am actually undecided if this Clippers group might beat the shorthanded Memphis Grizzlies. They’re arguably enjoying the worst and most uninspired basketball within the NBA proper now.
Completely satisfied Westbrook Fan @OfficalWestgoat
Clippers earlier than Harden vs with Harden pic.twitter.com/BtFjuLFNEw
Clippers could not even get a honeymoon section with Harden 💀 pic.twitter.com/1u90qTMUqH
Tommy Beer @TommyBeer
Within the 10 quarters they’ve performed with James Harden within the lineup, the Clippers have been out-scored by 47 factors.
In the meantime, Luka Doncic methodically dismantled Los Angeles’ protection as he scored 44 factors in simply 32 minutes. He additionally recorded six rebounds and 6 assists, taking pictures an unimaginable 81 p.c from the sphere.
Doncic has at all times carried out exceptionally effectively in opposition to Los Angeles. Heading into Friday’s motion, his profession scoring common of 32.3 factors per recreation in opposition to the Clippers is his second-highest mark in opposition to any opposing group.
Luka Doncic knocks down a triple to present him 4⃣2⃣ PTS!
He is as much as 15 PTS within the 3Q!
Bleacher Report @BleacherReport
KENNY BEECHAM @KOT4Q
Watching Luka rn pic.twitter.com/PwbrrpfeL9
The one ensures in life:
Dying, taxes, and Luka Doncic proudly owning the LA Clippers. pic.twitter.com/RLbB22atDQ
All Issues Mavs @All_Things_Mavs
Luka Doncic hates the LA Clippers with each fiber in his being, and it’s giving me life.
Kyrie Irving added 27 factors of his personal, displaying his signature mixture of candy taking pictures and artful finishes off the dribble.
All-Star battle tonight:
Kyrie/Luka — Clippers Massive 4 —
69 PTS 62 PTS
11 3P 5 3P pic.twitter.com/M2jyiUxMAn
Harden and the Clippers will try and get on monitor within the group’s subsequent contest, a Sunday afternoon matchup with the Memphis Grizzlies. Tip-off is at 3:30 p.m. ET.