Clippers Build Early Lead, But Fall To Mavericks

The Los Angeles Clippers built a 35-19 lead after the first quarter.

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Clippers Fall In Dallas, 107-96

The Los Angeles Clippers got off to a hot start, building a 35-19 victory after one quarter in Dallas against the Mavericks, but Dallas controlled the rest of the game, and pulled away for a 107-96 win at American Airlines Arena. Dallas outscored the Clippers by nine points in each of the final three quarters. Dirk Nowitzki nearly had a triple-double, with 20 points, eight boards, and seven assists for the Mavericks, who are still trying for the No. 2 seed in the Western Conference for the NBA playoffs.

Mo Williams led the Clippers with 29 points, including five three-pointers. Blake Griffin had 23 points, nine rebounds, and six assists in defeat. The Clippers had 21 turnovers. The Clippers have two games remaining: tomorrow night in Houston and next Wednesday at Staples Center against Memphis.

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

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Clippers Vs. Mavericks: L.A. Looks To Play Spoiler

The Los Angeles Clippers play their penultimate road contest of the season Friday night, battling the Dallas Mavericks at American Airlines Center. The Clippers have had their struggles with the Mavericks, losing their last nine encounters. The Clippers have lost eight straight games in Dallas.

The Mavericks have been struggling of late, dropping their last four games. Their last win came on March 30...against the Clippers, at Staples Center. Dallas is just 8-9 in their last 17 games, and appear headed for the No. 3 seed in the Western Conference playoffs.

Here are the probable starting lineups:

Clippers (31-48)

Kaman is listed as day-to-day with a sprained right knee, as he and Griffin got tangled up on Wednesday night in Oklahoma City.

Dallas (53-25)

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

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