NBA wrap: Mavericks capitalize on Clippers’ turnovers, pick up win in Dennis Smith Jr.’s return

Last time these two teams met in Dallas, Smith had his tooth knocked out by Patrick Beverley.

The Mavericks and Clippers had yet another heated matchup.

Last time these two teams met in Dallas, Dennis Smith Jr. had his tooth knocked out by Patrick Beverley. The Mavericks won that game, and they were victorious once again Tuesday, claiming a 106-98 victory.

The Clippers didn’t turn the ball over much, but the opposition capitalized at all the right times. Dallas converted Los Angeles’ eight turnovers into 23 points.

Harrison Barnes led all scorers with 20 points. Luka Doncic and Smith each chipped in 17 points. Smith had missed the past six games because of a back injury and illness while also being at the center of trade rumors.

The Clippers were ice-cold, shooting just 36.3 percent from the field. Beverley led Los Angeles in scoring with 16 points.

Dallas improved to 21-26 while Los Angeles dropped to 25-22.

Studs of the Night

Marvin Bagley led all scorers in his first career start, totaling 22 points and 11 rebounds in Sacramento’s 120-105 loss to Toronto.

Russell Westbrook recorded a triple-double with 29 points, 10 rebounds and 14 assists to help lead the Thunder past the Trail Blazers 123-114.

Karl-Anthony Towns put up 25 points, 18 rebounds and seven assists in a 118-91 blowout win for the Timberwolves over the Suns.

Josh Jackson scored a season-high 27 points and had 10 rebounds for the Suns.

Duds of the Night

Tobias Harris scored nine points on 1-of-9 shooting for the Clippers.

Mikal Bridges scored seven points on 3-of-11 shooting in Phoenix’s loss.

Highlights

Luka Doncic used a crafty behind-the-back dribble to find his way to the rim.

Westbrook tried to tear the rim down with this tomahawk slam.

What’s Next?

Raptors (35-13) at Pacers (31-15) 7 p.m. ET — Indiana is just behind Toronto in the Eastern Conference. The Raptors won their last game in Bankers Life Fieldhouse, 121-105, but the Pacers have been especially disruptive on the defensive end lately. Toronto is 2-0 against Indiana so far in 2018-19.

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