Kyrie Irving helps Dallas Mavericks to victory over Los Angeles Clippers on debut, despite Luka Doncić absence

    Kyrie Irving helped the Dallas Mavericks to victory over the Los Angeles Clippers in his first game for the franchise.

    (CNN)On his first appearance for the Dallas Mavericks, Kyrie Irving scored a joint game-high 24 points to help his new team to a big 110-104 road win against the Los Angeles Clippers.

    Irving -- who joined the Mavericks on Monday along with Markieff Morris in a trade that sent Spencer Dinwiddie, Dorian Finney-Smith and three draft picks to the Brooklyn Nets -- did it all on Wednesday, adding five assists, four rebounds, a steal and a block, while shooting 53% from the floor and 50% from three.
    The Mavericks were without star guard Luka Doncić, who has now missed three straight games while dealing with a heel injury, but still remain in fourth place in an unusually congested Western Conference.
      "It felt good to get this debut out of the way," Irving told reporters. "It's just been a long 96 hours, barely any sleep. It's the first time I ever got traded in the middle of the season, so it was new for me, but I'm excited that I'm here.
        Kyrie Irving impressed Luka Doncić in his first outing as a Maverick.