The Clippers have traveled a very specific road against the Dallas Mavericks in their previous games – go down by double digits, come back and steal the win. Thursday, that path finally turned treacherous, as the Clippers fell, 113-107, to the Mavericks at Staples Center. Dallas star Dirk Nowitzki scored 10 of his 26 points in the fourth quarter, sinking two free throws in the final 20 seconds to put the game out of reach. The loss snapped the Clippers’ four-game winning streak. “We ran out of miracles,” Clippers coach Doc Rivers said. Blake Griffin, playing for the second straight night after missing a game because of back spasms, led the Clippers with 25 points 11 assists and 10 rebounds – the fourth triple-double of his career and first this season. Before the game, Rivers knew Dallas, fighting for a spot in the playoffs, would have an extra edge because of its three previous losses to the Clippers. “Let’s be honest,” he said. “They believe that all three games they could’ve won or maybe should’ve won.” This time, with the Clippers playing on the second night of a back-to-back, Dallas finally broke through. J.J. Redick came off the bench to give the Clippers’ second unit some punch, scoring 12 points while shaking off two months worth of rust. But even with Redick, Dallas outscored the Clippers’ bench, 37-16. The Clippers trailed by 12 with 2:50 left before six points from Darren Collison led a furious comeback attempt. The team got stops and forced turnovers and had chances to take the lead in the final minute, but Redick and Collison both badly missed go-ahead 3-point attempts.
Mavericks finally foil Clippers' plans
Orange County Register | Apr 4