Dirk Nowitzki Leads Mavericks Over Clippers At Staples Center

The Clippers have lost their last nine games against Dallas.

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Clippers Comeback Effort Falls Short In 106-100 Loss To Mavs

Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) - Dirk Nowitzki scored 24 points and pulled down six rebounds, as the Dallas Mavericks held off the Los Angeles Clippers, 106-100.

J.J. Barea added 22 points and six assists for the Mavericks, who have won five in a row.

Peja Stojakovic and Shawn Marion donated 11 and 10 points, respectively, for Dallas, which sits a half-game behind the two-time defending champion Lakers for the second spot in the Western Conference. The two teams will meet on Thursday night.

"Our defense has been stepping up," Mavericks guard Jason Kidd said. "We're starting to take better care of the basketball and our bench has been huge for us."

Blake Griffin finished with 25 points and 17 rebounds for the Clippers, who have lost nine straight against the Mavericks. Griffin set the franchise rookie record for most points in a season.

Mo Williams had 19 points and five assists before being ejected in the fourth quarter. Eric Gordon tallied 15 points and five assists.

The Clippers led by as many as 13 in the first quarter, but only took a 28-23 lead into the second period.

Down by eight, 35-27, with 9 1/2 minutes left until half, Dallas went on a 9-2 run. Barea recorded two three-point plays during the flurry, which Brian Cardinal capped with a trey to cut the gap to 37-36.

Dallas closed out the quarter on a 10-2 surge to go in front. Rodrigue Beaubois tallied six points during the stretch, including a layup to give the Mavs a 48-46 margin at the break.

A tight third stanza resulted in Dallas taking a 75-70 lead into the fourth.

Holding an 83-79 margin with eight minutes to play, the Mavericks went on a 13-1 run to create some distance. Barea's three-pointer with 5 1/2 minutes left made it a 96-80 game.

But LA scored the next 11 points to make things a bit interesting. Griffin tallied the final six points of the spurt to pull the Clippers within five, 96-91, with 3:19 remaining.

Barea responded with a three-pointer and a layup to essentially put the game away.

"They're one of the best teams for a reason," Clippers head coach Vinny Del Negro said. "We have to learn how to handle the referees. At times we get caught up with the referees and it takes us out of our game."

Game Notes

Dallas improved to 3-0 on a six-game road trip...The Mavs went 9-of-21 from three-point range...LA went 25-of-31 from the foul line...Griffin has 1,682 points this season.

 

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Griffin, Clippers Welcome Nowitzki, Mavericks To Staples Center

The Los Angeles Clippers only have three home games left on their schedule this season, including tonight's contest against the playoff-bound Dallas Mavericks at Staples Center. Tonight is the final game of a seven-game stretch all at Staples Center for the Clippers, which included a road game against the Lakers. The Clippers have lost their last eight games against Dallas, and 14 of their last 15 encounters.

Blake Griffin scored 22 points and grabbed 16 rebounds in Saturday's win over Toronto, his 56th double-double of the season. The 56 double-doubles are the most ever by a Clipper. In two games against the Mavericks this season, Griffin averaged 19.0 points and 10.0 rebounds, but shot just 35.5% (11 for 31) from the field.

The Mavericks have won five straight games, and tonight is the third game of a six-game road trip for them. Dallas, which has the best road record in the NBA at 26-10, will stay at Staples Center an extra night, as they also battle the Lakers on Thursday. The Mavericks are 12-1 against Pacific Division foes this season.

Dirk Nowitzki is shooting 89.4% from the free throw line this year, which is pretty much in line with his stellar 87.7% career mark. He has made his last 74 free throws in a row, dating back to March 4, the longest streak in the NBA this season. Nowitzki also ended last season by making 74 in a row, a streak he extended to 82 straight makes at the beginning of this season. The NBA record for consecutive free throws made is 97, by Micheal Williams in 1993.

For more news and information on the Clippers or tonight's game, be sure to read Clips Nation.

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