Mavs, Clippers tied 2-2 heading to game 5

The Associated Press
Los Angeles Clippers' Kawhi Leonard (2) and Terance Mann (14) defend as Dallas Mavericks guard Luka Doncic (77) drives to the basket in the first half in Game 4 of a first-round playoff series in Dallas last Sunday.

Dallas Mavericks (42-30, fifth in the Western Conference during the regular season) vs. Los Angeles Clippers (47-25, fourth in the Western Conference during the regular season) Los Angeles; Wednesday, 9 p.m. CDT

Western Conference First Round: Series tied 2-2

Bottom line: The Dallas Mavericks visit the Los Angeles Clippers for game five of the Western Conference first round with the series tied 2-2. The Clippers won the previous matchup 106-81. Kawhi Leonard scored 29 points to lead LA to the victory and Luka Doncic totaled 19 points in defeat for Dallas.

The Clippers are 27-15 in conference play. Los Angeles is fourth in the NBA giving up only 107.8 points per game while holding opponents to 46.4% shooting.

The Mavericks have gone 21-21 against Western Conference opponents. Dallas is 22-7 when winning the rebound battle and averages 43.3 rebounds per game.

Top performers: Leonard is averaging 24.8 points, 6.5 rebounds, 5.2 assists and 1.6 steals for the Clippers. Paul George is averaging 17.8 points and 6.3 rebounds while shooting 37.4% over the last 10 games for Los Angeles.

Doncic has shot 47.9% and is averaging 27.7 points for the Mavericks. Tim Hardaway Jr. is averaging 17.8 points over the last 10 games for Dallas.

• Last 10 games: Clippers: 5-5, averaging 112.1 points, 43.3 rebounds, 23.1 assists, 6.7 steals and 4.4 blocks per game while shooting 49.4% from the field. Their opponents have averaged 105.4 points on 45.9% shooting.

Mavericks: 6-4, averaging 112.7 points, 40 rebounds, 23.8 assists, 5.4 steals and 3.6 blocks per game while shooting 47.3% from the field. Their opponents have averaged 112.1 points on 48.3% shooting.

Injuries: Clippers: Serge Ibaka: day to day (back).

Mavericks: JJ Redick: out (heel).