1 Stud, 1 dud from LA Clippers’ overtime loss to Dallas Mavericks

Luka Doncic Reggie Jackson (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)
Luka Doncic Reggie Jackson (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images) /

The LA Clippers mounted one of the most impressive last-minute comebacks of the season on Tuesday night but the Dallas Mavericks proved too tough in the end.

The game was relatively close throughout, with both sides enjoying a double-digit lead at one point until the Mavericks pulled away late. With Luka Doncic back in the lineup, Dallas got revenge for their loss on Sunday, holding the Clippers without a field goal in the overtime period to come out on top 112-104.

There were two Clippers who stood out in the matchup, and they’re the two that have been the most consistent all season. Paul George‘s buzzer-beating 3-pointer capped off a 26-point night, one in which he played just over 48 minutes.

But his performance was eclipsed by another Clipper having a career year.

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Reggie Jackson (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images) /

LA Clippers Stud: Reggie Jackson

While much of the team was struggling to find their shot all night, Reggie Jackson had his best game of the season, putting up a line of 31 points, 10 rebounds, and three steals in 42 minutes.

Jackson buried 3-of-8 shots from beyond the arc and shot 12-for-23, establishing a season-high for field goal attempts on a night the Clippers badly needed some offense. The 6-2 guard even led all players in rebounds, which is a testament to just how much he was doing on the court.

With the many injuries LA has had to deal with so far, Reggie establishing himself as a reliable second option has been a much-needed boost as they look to stay competitive in the Western Conference.

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LA Clippers Dud: Eric Bledsoe

The Clippers are going to need a little bit more out of Eric Bledsoe to justify the minutes he’s getting. On Tuesday, he played 24 minutes and contributed just two points, four boards, an assist, and a steal. He had more personal fouls (six) than points (four) in the two-game series against the Mavericks, and that’s far from ideal.

Bledsoe has struggled to make a real impact in four straight games and disappeared into the background more than ever in the last two games.

What has affected Bledsoe’s offensive output the most has been his 3-point shooting. He’s made just 13 of his 58 attempts this season for an abysmal 22.4% mark, which could be why he’s significantly reduced how often he shoots from deep (5.0 attempts last season to 3.2).

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Bledsoe’s defense will always be there, but the Clippers need him to be much more of a presence on the other side of the ball to avoid dropping more games they should be winning.