Paul George played down the severity of the Clippers’ defeat to the Mavericks as the All-Star also tried to take full responsibility for it.
The Clippers were humiliated by Luka Doncic and Dallas on Sunday, beaten 124-73 in the absence of star Kawhi Leonard.
Dallas produced a record-setting first half as it earned a 77-27 lead at the interval — the Mavericks’ 50-point advantage was the largest through two quarters since the NBA’s shot-clock era began in 1954-55.
George posted 15 points on 4-of-13 shooting from the field and missed all six of his 3-point attempts.
“It’s not that big of a deal,” George said after the Clippers (2-1) suffered their worst loss in franchise history. “We got our butts whipped today, but it’s one day.
“We wasn’t ready today. We wasn’t prepared. That’s on me. So, we’ll be ready for the next game.”
“I take full responsibility,” George added. “You know, it’s a tough game coming [after] Christmas. I enjoyed my Christmas Day [celebration on Saturday]. 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.”
It is the first time in NBA regular-season history that a team won a road game by 50-plus points against a franchise that had a .650 or better winning percentage the season before, per Stats Perform.
“Just an exception,” Clippers head coach Tyronn Lue said. “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.”