The Clippers are now 9-3 in games that Lou Williams scores more than 20 points following a 125-121 victory over the Dallas Mavericks on Thursday; a game that saw Williams come off of the bench and drop 26. The Clippers were able to return to winning ways, after a rough patch saw them win just one game in seven tries leading up to the home matchup with Dallas. Small Forward Danilo Gallinari scored his season high 32 points and the Clippers moved to 18-13 on the year. The Los Angeles bench had 63 points, a deciding factor in a game that saw its share of scoring.
It seems as if Dallas has returned to reality after an unexpected start that saw them in the top 5 of the Western Conference, looking down on big name contenders, such as Portland and Houston. Since then, Dallas has struggled mightily. Despite the losses that have began to pile up, 3rd Overall pick Luka Doncic continued his campaign for Rookie of the Year, dropping a joint-game high total of 32 points on an efficient 10-20 from the floor. J.J. Barea was the high volume shooter off the bench on the night, jacking 15 shots in 26 minutes of play, scoring 18 to be the Mavs second leading scorer. Dirk Nowitzki continued his slow return to the Mavs rotation, seeing the floor for a short 6 minutes with just an 0-1 shot line to show for it.
The Mavs haven’t won a game since December 12, and the schedule does not look favorable for Dallas.The next 6 games sees the Mavs matched up with Golden State, Portland, then New Orleans twice and OKC twice. There is a decent chance that Dallas is unable to win any of these games, and extend their current losing streak to 10 games. An extended future schedule sees Dallas have to face two of the best teams in the East in the Celtics and 76ers, as well as a matchup with the LA Lakers. Not ideal for a young Dallas team, who had looked much like the overachievers of the young league season, but have hit major speedbumps since.