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Kawhi Leonard, Clippers Beat Luka Doncic, Mavericks in Game 7; Advance to Face Jazz | Bleacher Report

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For the second straight year, the Los Angeles Clippers knocked Luka Doncic and the Dallas Mavericks out of the Western Conference playoffs in the first round.

And for the second straight season, it took one hell of an effort to put the Mavs down.

Led by Kawhi Leonard, the Clippers beat the Mavs 126-111 in Game 7, spoiling another Doncic classic (46 points).

The Clippers never quite found an answer for Doncic in the series. Luckily for them, the rest of the Mavericks couldn’t play up to his level.

This was a bizarre series, with the road team winning the first six games before the Clippers finally held serve at home in Game 7. While they advance to the second round, the Mavericks will head into the offseason

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Return of Jazz regulars spells trouble for L.A.

The Utah Jazz were at something resembling full strength on Monday night and with their regular players in the lineup, they were able to dominate the Los Angeles Lakers and avenge their overtime loss from the weekend, 111-97.

Rudy Gobert, Mike Conley and Derrick Favors all returned to action on Monday night after missing Saturday afternoon’s overtime win by the Lakers. Conley (14 points, 10 assists) and Gobert (14 points, 10 rebounds) each finished with double-doubles in their return to action. Former Laker Jordan Clarkson, who started in the previous outing on Saturday, led the way for the Jazz with 22 points off the bench.

As for the Lakers, second-year guard Talen Horton-Tucker was the high scorer as he finished with 24 points off the Laker bench. However, the rest of the Lakers were held in check by the Jazz as no other Laker cracked the 20-point threshold on Monday

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