And even with the Clippers opening the third quarter on a 10-0 run, it didn’t get much better as the Mavericks coasted to a 124-73 victory.
The Mavericks’ 50-point lead at intermission topped the previous mark for biggest halftime lead — a 47-point lead the Golden State Warriors had over the Sacramento Kings in November 1991, according to Elias Sports Bureau data.
The Mavericks shot 58% from the field and buried nine 3-pointers in the half. The Clippers made a total of nine field goals and missed 18 of 19 3-point attempts in the half, their worst 3-point field goal percentage in a single half over the past 25 seasons, according to ESPN Stats & Information research.
Paul George scored 13 of the Clippers’ 27 points in the half. It wasn’t until George hit a jumper with 5:01 left in the second quarter that the Clippers reached 20 points for the game.
The futile first-half effort came after the Clippers opened their season in impressive fashion, beating the Los Angeles Lakers on opening night and then beating the Nuggets in Denver.