Terry, Mavs Defeat Clippers At Home 112-105

The Clippers have lost eight straight games to Dallas.

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Terry, Mavs Defeat Clippers 112-105

Dallas, TX (Sports Network) – Jason Terry finished with a game-high 28 points in a reserve role, and the Dallas Mavericks used a strong second half to top the LA Clippers, 112-105, at American Airlines Center.

Jose Barea contributed 25 points off the bench while Tyson Chandler and Dirk Nowitzki added 21 and 20 points, respectively, for Dallas, which has won two straight and three of four overall.

“I didn’t like our defense overall,” Clippers coach Vinny Del Negro said. “I didn’t think our mental toughness was good enough. We turned the ball over way too many times.”

Blake Griffin scored 22 to go along with 11 rebounds for the Clippers, who have lost two of three as well as three straight on the road. Baron Davis finished with 21 points and six assists while Randy Foye added 15 points for LA, which played without guard Eric Gordon.

The Clippers announced before the game that Gordon will miss the next 3- to-4 weeks as he deals with a sprained right wrist and a small bone chip fracture.

Gordon sustained the injury during the Clippers’ victory over Golden State on Saturday.

The Clippers took a 62-54 lead into the half, but a strong third quarter from the Mavericks changed the pace of the game. Dallas grabbed a big lead in the fourth quarter and cruised down the stretch.

“We started the game a little slow and all the bench guys were talking that we had to come out with a lot of energy tonight and change the tempo,” Barea said. “We did that and it worked out for us,”

An 8-2 Dallas run, capped by a DeShawn Stevenson three-pointer 5:33 into the third cut the Clippers lead to 72-71. Davis responded with a three of his own less then 30 seconds later to put the Clippers back up four, but after both teams missed shots from beyond the arc, the Mavericks started a long run to take control.

“In the second half we really picked it up and kept the momentum going,” Barea continued. “We did a good job of coming from behind to get the win.”

Terry began the spurt with a pullup jumper at 3:22, and after a Jason Kidd technical free throw, Shawn Marion converted a putback dunk to give Dallas a 76-75 advantage. Terry continued the run with a long three with 59.9 seconds remaining and the Mavericks took an 81-78 lead into the final stanza.

Terry opened the fourth quarter with a triple, but after a Davis jumper and a DeAndre Jordan three-point play, the Mavericks lead was trimmed to 89-86.

Marion connected on a pair from the line on the far end to start a 14-0 run, capped by a Nowitzki three-pointer to push Dallas’ lead to a game-high 17, 103-86.

The Mavericks lead remained above 10 until the final minutes.

Game Notes

Dallas has won the last eight meetings in the series, including a 99-83 victory on October 31 at the Staples Center…Marion finished with 10 points and 10 rebounds in a reserve role…Dallas forced 22 turnovers that turned into 34 points…The Mavericks shot 93.3 percent from the foul line…Dallas’ 112 points was a season-high…Ryan Gomes scored 14 points for the Clippers.

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Clippers Vs. Mavericks: Banged Up Eric Gordon Expected To Play

As the Los Angeles Clippers look for their 13th win in their last 18 games tonight in Dallas against the Mavericks, it appears they will have the services of Eric Gordon. Gordon, the human Energizer Bunny, has hurt himself in each of the last two games, but isn't even listed on the injury report tonight for the Clippers. Here is the list of probable starters and injury reports for both teams set to do battle at American Airlines Center.

Clippers (17-26)

Gordon has a torn tendon in his right ring finger, suffered Thursday in Portland, and a lower back contusion, suffered during Saturday's game with Golden State. However, neither injury was enough to put Gordon on tonight's injury report for the Clippers. Chris Kaman and Craig Smith are both out, as per usual.

Mavericks (28-15)

Caron Butler, who ruptured his right patellar tendon on New Year's Day, is out for the Mavericks, as he will miss the remainder of the season.

For more information on tonight's game, be sure to read Clips Nation.


Surging Clippers In Search Of Road Win In Dallas

After picking up their seventh straight win at Staples Center on Saturday against Golden State, the Los Angeles Clippers head to Dallas tonight in search of a rare road win. The Clippers are a hot team, winning 12 of their last 17 games, but only five of those games have been on the road. The Clippers are 3-2 in their last five road games, but are just 3-13 on the road this season.

The Clippers' signature road win this season was in Chicago, picking up a one-point win over a Bulls team that now has the fifth-best record in the NBA. The Mavericks have struggled of late, dropping 10 of their last 14, although most of that free fall came without Dirk Nowitzki. Since the giant German returned to the lineup, Dallas is 3-2, although they are not playing anywhere near like the team that started the season 24-5.

Eric Gordon is still nursing a torn tendon in his right finger, and problems with his back and wrist stemming from a fall on Saturday, but you wouldn't know it from his play of late. Gordon has scored 20 or more points in his last nine games, and is eighth in the NBA averaging 24.1 points per game. Gordon is tied for sixth in the league with 32 games of 20 or more points.

Blake Griffin's next slam dunk will be his 100th of the season, which leads the NBA. The Clippers have lost seven straight games to the Mavericks, and have also lost their last seven contests in Dallas. The last win for the Clippers in Dallas came on April 19, 2006.

For more information on tonight's game, be sure to read Clips Nation.

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