Mavericks Hold Off Clippers 106-100 In LA Warm Up

The Dallas Mavericks take on the Los Angeles Clippers on Wednesday, a day before taking on the Lakers in what will be an important match up in the Western Conference playoff seeding.

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Mavericks Top Clippers 106-100 In Run Up To Lakers Showdown

J.J. Barea scored 22 (6-8 FG) to key a six-point Mavericks win over the Clippers Wednesday night at the Staples Center. Dirk Nowitzki added his standard 24 (9-19 shooting) and Shawn Marion and Peja Stojakovic were also in double figures.

LA was game, led by Blake Griffin’s efficient 25-17 on 10-14 from the field, but the Clippers’ starting backcourt of Eric Gordon and Moe Williams shot a combined 8-29 and saw Williams ejected in the 4th quarter for arguing foul calls.

The Mavericks built a 16-point lead midway through the fourth, only to see Griffin lead a mad comeback late that came up just short. Dallas will stay in LA and face the Lakers on TNT Thursday night in a showdown for the second playoff seed.

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Dallas Mavericks Vs. Los Angeles Clippers: Mavs Face Clippers In LA Warm Up

(Sports Network) - The playoff-bound Dallas Mavericks kick off an important two-day tour of Staples Center Wednesday by squaring off with the Clippers.

The Mavs, who are one game behind the two-time defending champion Lakers for the second slot in the Western Conference playoff race, will then take on Kobe and Company on Thursday.

Dallas comes to Hollywood on a four-game winning streak and improved to 2-0 on an important season-long, six-game road trip by topping Phoenix in the desert on Sunday. Jason Kidd took over late in the fourth quarter of that one, scoring the game's final eight points, as the Mavs earned a 91-83 victory.

Kidd finished with 16 points for Dallas, which overcame a subpar shooting performance to notch the win. Jason Terry and Tyson Chandler also scored 16 points in the win, with Chandler grabbing 18 rebounds. Dirk Nowitzki contributed 15 points on just 6-of-19 shooting for the Mavs, who improved to an NBA-best 26-10 on the road this season.

"These kinds of games come down to will and toughness and I give our guys a lot of credit," Dallas coach Rick Carlisle said. "Our shots weren't falling all night."

The Clippers, meanwhile, won the opener of a brief two-game homestand Saturday when Blake Griffin powered his way to 22 points and 16 rebounds, as LA rallied late for a 94-90 win over the Toronto Raptors.

Chris Kaman added 17 points and 12 rebounds for the Clippers, who went on a 24-10 run over the game's final 8 1/2 minutes. Griffin had eight points and eight rebounds in the last quarter, when the hosts held a 28-17 scoring advantage.

"Down the stretch we executed and got some stops," Griffin said. "I'm really trying to work on being a better fourth quarter player."

Dallas has won eight straight and 14 of 15 over the Clippers. The club has also taken its last four in LA versus the Clips by an average of over 17 points a game.

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