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Dallas Mavericks make NBA record over LA Clippers with 50-point biggest halftime lead

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The Dallas Mavericks fabricated a historic 50-point halftime lead on the way to wrecking the LA Clippers 124-73 on Sunday.

The Mavericks’ 77-27 halftime lead at Staples Center beat the past imprint for greatest halftime lead in a NBA game – 47 focuses by the Golden State Warriors over the Sacramento Kings in November 1991, as indicated by Elias Sports Bureau research.

The Mavericks (1-2) drove by 57 at one point and kept a lead of at any rate 40 focuses for the last 31 minutes, 11 seconds, the longest stretch by any group in the course of the last 25 seasons, as per research by ESPN Stats and Information.

“We showed who we are,” said Mavericks point guard Luka Doncic, who had 24 points, 9 rebounds and 8 assists in 26 minutes. “People judged us off the first two games of the season. It’s a long season, but we’ve got to keep going like that. We’ve got to play defense. That’s our specialty from now on.”

The Clippers (2-1) trust they won’t be decided by the most exceedingly terrible misfortune in establishment history. The 51-point rout outperformed a 50-guide misfortune toward the Seattle SuperSonics in December 1988.

Playing without the harmed Kawhi Leonard (mouth slash) and Marcus Morris (knee), the Clippers scored only five focuses in the initial eight or more minutes and didn’t arrive at 20 focuses until there was 5:01 left in the subsequent quarter.

“I take full responsibility,” said Clippers guard Paul George, who scored 15 points but missed all six of his 3-point attempts. “You know, it’s a tough game coming [after] Christmas. I enjoyed my Christmas Day [celebration] yesterday. Today just popped up on me a little too fast. I’ll take full ownership for that, coming out and being prepared to play today. Be a different situation come next game, and we will be ready.”

The Clippers’ first-half burdens came after a noteworthy beginning to the season in which they beat the Los Angeles Lakers on premiere night and crushed the Nuggets in Denver on Friday.

They didn’t re-visitation of Los Angeles until early Saturday, and the group went through the day commending the occasion with their families since they were out and about for Christmas Day, George said.

“I hope everyone enjoyed the Christmas Day yesterday and that was the reason for a sluggish day today,” George said.

The Mavericks opened the game shooting 58% generally, covering nine 3-pointers in the principal half. The Clippers made an aggregate of nine field objectives while missing 18 of 19 3-point endeavors in the a large portion of, their most exceedingly awful 3-point field objective rate in a half in the course of the last 25 seasons, as per ESPN Stats and Info research.

“The funny thing is, no one realized it until we got into halftime, to be honest with you,” Mavs guard Tim Hardaway Jr. said of the halftime margin. “It was just everybody making sure that we didn’t focus on the score at all. … Everything was just clicking on all cylinders, and thankfully we got the win.”

Ty Lue’s group completed 4-for-33 from 3-point range. Before the game, the Clippers’ mentor said he didn’t know when Leonard will return. The All-Star forward required eight lines on his mouth following Friday night’s success in Denver.

Lue and George both said the Clippers will be prepared Tuesday when they face Minnesota at home.

“Just an exception,” Lue said of the loss. “It doesn’t take away from what we’ve been doing and what we’ve been working on and how we’re trying to get better each night.

“[There] wasn’t a lot of fight, a lot of pop tonight, and we know we’ll have that come next game.”

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Brooklyn Nets sign Alize Johnson to a multiyear, $4.1M contract

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Forward Alize Johnson has consented to a multiyear deal the Brooklyn Nets worth up to $4.1 million, his agent, George Langberg, revealed to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

Johnson’s productivity permitted him to parlay two consecutive 10-day contracts into his new deal with the Nets.

Johnson had his choice of a bit more guaranteed money elsewhere, however needed to stay the course with the Nets, where he has averaged 7.8 points and 5.8 rebounds on 65.7% shooting in six appearances.

Prior to joining the Nets, Johnson played 31 games with the Indiana Pacers over the 2018-19 and 2019-20 seasons.

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Los Angeles Angels’ Dexter Fowler with torn ACL injury, out for season

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Los Angeles Angels starting right fielder Dexter Fowler has a torn left ACL that will require season-ending surgery, the group declared Sunday.

Fowler, 35, injured himself while sprinting into a second base on an attempted forceout in Friday’s down against the Toronto Blue Jays in Dunedin, Florida. Fowler beat the throw from Blue Jays shortstop Bo Bichette and didn’t slide, inciting him to show up gracelessly and crumple to the ground in pain.

The Angels at first diagnosed Fowler to have a sprained left knee, however a follow-up MRI revealed that it was far more serious. The team said Fowler is expected to need six to nine months to recover after surgery.

“Comeback season has commenced,” Fowler said Sunday. “The cards I’ve been dealt, so you’ve got to deal with them and go at it like that.”

Fowler, who is set to be a free specialist after the season, doesn’t think the injury is career-ending.

“I want to continue to play,” he said. “I think I’ve still got a lot left in the tank. Right now I just want to get the knee back right and get going again.”

Heavenly messengers director Joe Maddon said he replace Fowler with Juan Lagares and Jose Rojas, the last of whom is right now serving in as a utility infielder. Before Sunday’s down against the Blue Jays was delayed because of downpour, Rojas had been scheduled to begin at third base instead of Anthony Rendon, who was managing irritation in his left crotch that came about because of a throw Saturday.

Fowler, acquired from the St. Louis Cardinals in early February, was 5-for-20 with six strikeouts to start the 2021 season and has batted .218/.320/.370 in the course of recent years. Be that as it may, Maddon, who recently oversaw Fowler with the Chicago Cubs, said he accepted the outfielder was simply beginning to get moving obnoxiously and will miss his essence in the team.

“He’s one of those glue guys, man,” Maddon said. “He really makes a difference. He does. You talk about it all the time with clubhouse guys, but this guy really is one.”

Fowler’s injury creates an immediate opening for the Angels’ two most encouraging youthful players, Jo Adell and Brandon Marsh, both of whom are working out at the group’s substitute site in Tempe, Arizona, before the small time season starts. Adell battled as a new kid on the block a year ago, and Marsh presently can’t seem to play above Double-An in the wake of expenditure the Covid abbreviated 2020 season playing mostly intrasquad games.

Maddon said he would concede to the Angels’ minor league development staff on when Adell and Marsh are major league ready.

“It’s hard for me to imagine that they’ve tightened up their game [from spring training] to the point where you want to bring them up yet,” Maddon said.

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Bengals release RB Giovani Bernard after eight seasons

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The Cincinnati Bengals have released veteran running back Giovani Bernard, the team declared on Wednesday.

Bernard, 29, has played all of his eight NFL seasons with the franchise that drafted him in the second round in 2013. He has showed up in 115 games and rushed for 3,697 yards and 22 touchdowns. He likewise had 342 receptions for 2,867 yards and 11 touchdowns.

The former North Carolina player was entering the last year of a two-year extension he endorsed in September 2019. The Bengals will acquire $4.1 million in salary-cap savings with Bernard’s release and incur just $666,667 in dead money against the cap, as indicated by Roster Management System.

Bernard began a career-high 10 games in 2020 in light of the fact that Joe Mixon was out with a foot injury. His best rushing performance was a 83-yard exertion in a win over Pittsburgh on Monday Night Football, the Bengals’ first victory over the Steelers since 2015. It was Bernard’s most elevated hurrying absolute since Week 16 of the 2017 season.

Mixon, who marked a four-year, $48 million extension a year ago, tweeted Wednesday that he “can’t thank him enough for all he has meant to my career.”

The Bengals have parted ways with several notable veterans who were essential for the group’s season playoff runs from 2011 to 2015. The team released former All-Pro defensive tackle Geno Atkins prior this offseason and didn’t re-sign former Pro Bowl wide receiver A.J. Green.

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