LOS ANGELES – The NBA playoffs have just begun, which means the Los Angeles Clippers are struggling again, as the Dallas Mavericks beat the Clippers 113-103 in the first match of their first round series on Saturday at Staples Center. This happened less than a year after the Clippers failed to advance after the second round after wasting a 3-1 series lead to the Denver Nuggets, Mavericks goalkeeper Luca Duncic finished with 31 points while 11 of 24 shot from the field and 5. of 11 from the 3-point range. He also lowered 10 rebounds and provided 11 assists to score a hat-trick. Clippers star Kawhi Leonard came back with 26 points on 9 of 22 shots. But that wasn’t enough. Paul George added 23 points but missed his first seven shots, and the second game will be on Tuesday at Staples Center.