The Los Angeles Clippers have made a habit of extinguishing long losing streaks this season, and Monday night in Dallas was no different as the Clippers demolished the Mavericks 94-75 at American Airlines Center in Texas. The win for the Clippers was their first victory in Dallas since April 19, 2006, snapping a 10-game road losing streak to the Mavericks.
Randy Foye hit a franchise-record-tying eight three-pointers en route to a game-high 28 points in the win. Foye made eight of 15 from beyond the arc and 10 of 19 field goals overall for the Clippers, who shot 47% for the game. Blake Griffin had 15 points and 16 rebounds.
The Clippers have now won six straight games, their longest such streak since winning six straight games from March 18-31, 1992. The win also gives the Clippers the season series win over Dallas, two games to one, which could become important if the two remain as the No. 4 and No. 5 seeds. If the two teams end up tied for the No. 4 seed, they would play each other in the opening round with the Clippers having home court advantage.
The Los Angeles Clippers played the first 20-game calendar month in the NBA since February 1967 and though they started the month struggling, the Clippers ended with a flourish, a five-game homestand sweep that has kept the Clippers in the thick of the Pacific Division race with the Lakers, as well as in line to have home court advantage in a playoff series for the first time in franchise history.
Here is a look at the week ahead for the Clippers, highlighted by battles with the defending NBA champions and the battle of Staples Center.
Monday - Clippers at Dallas (5:30 p.m., Fox Sports West): These two teams have played a pair of close games this season, with the Clippers earning a two-point win in Los Angeles on January 18 and the Mavericks prevailing by four points in Dallas on February 16.
Wednesday - Lakers at Clippers (7:30 p.m., Prime Ticket, KCAL, ESPN): The winner of this game will have the tiebreaker, and the inside track at winning the Pacific Division, as the two teams open the week separated by just a game in the loss column.
Thursday - Clippers at Sacramento (7 p.m., Fox Sports West): The Clippers beat Sacramento in their only previous matchup this season, a 108-100 road victory.
Saturday - Sacramento at Clippers (7:30 p.m., Fox Sports West): The Clippers have won seven straight home games, and are 36-13 in their last 49 home games dating back to last season.
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