Something’s got to give between the Dallas Mavericks and the Los Angeles Clippers. Neither team has won at home yet, and now it’s the Mavs’ turn.
Luka Doncic scored 42 points, Tim Hardaway Jr. hit two free throws with eight seconds left, and Dallas won 105-100 at Staples Center on Wednesday night to take a 3-2 lead in the first-round playoff series.
It’s the third playoff series in NBA history — and first since 1995 — in which the road team won the first five games, according to Elias Sports Bureau.
“It’s always easy to play on the road because you’re the enemy,” Kristaps Porzingis said.
The Mavs can close out their first series victory since winning the 2011 NBA championship with a victory in Game 6 at home Friday in front of a full house.
“We’ve got to keep that road mentality when we’re back at home,” Hardaway said “We’ve just got to make sure we do a phenomenal job of staying poised, staying patient, attacking when the opportunities present themselves.”