Mavs rout Clippers behind record first half

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1. LUKA DONCIC (77) IN ACTION

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2. (SOUNDBITE) (English) RICK CARLISLE, DALLAS MAVERICKS COACH, SAYING:

"This was obviously our best effort and our best performance of all the games, pre season and regular season. We had some uneven effort in the first couple of games, guys were aware of it, they knew the calibre of opponent today and they just decided that they were going to be the hardest playing team in the gym and you know it was it was it was a great process and obviously the result took care of itself."

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3. DONCIC DURING GAME

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4. (SOUNDBITE) (English) RICK CARLISLE, DALLAS MAVERICKS COACH, SAYING:

"Today our guys didn't allow each other to let down, and that's how it's going to be. This is a very unusual year, there's no crowds in the buildings, a lot of the impetus and the desire has got to come from within teams."

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5. TYRELL TERRY (1) AND TERENCE MANN (14)

STORY: Luka Doncic had 24 points, nine rebounds and eight assists, and the Dallas Mavericks set an NBA record for the largest halftime lead in the shot-clock era in a 124-73 win at the Los Angeles Clippers on Sunday (December 27) afternoon.

Josh Richardson scored 15 of his 21 points in the first half for Dallas, which took a 77-27 lead into the break after shooting 58 percent from the floor and holding the Clippers to 24.3 percent, including 1 of 19 from 3-point distance.

The Golden State Warriors owned the previous record for largest halftime lead in the shot-clock era (1954-55), taking a 47-point advantage into the break against the Sacramento Kings on Nov. 2, 1991.

The Clippers played without four-time All Star forward Kawhi Leonard, who suffered a laceration near his mouth late in Friday's win against the visiting Denver Nuggets. Paul George scored 15 points, and Serge Ibaka had 13 points and nine rebounds for Los Angeles.

(Production: Andy Ragg)