Game #40 | January 15, 2014
Staples Center | Los Angeles, CA

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  • 129

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Clippers

32

30

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127

Clippers

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42

28

29

129


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RECAP

LOS ANGELES – As much as Clippers head coach Doc Rivers has talked about his team never feeling out of a game, the final minutes Wednesday night seemed like a lost cause.

The Dallas Mavericks had rolled off an extended run that turned into a 17-point Clippers’ deficit capped on a Brandan Wright 3-point play with 4:49 to go. That’s when the comeback started.

The Clippers scored 23 of the final 27 points for an improbable 129-127 victory in their final game at Staples Center for the next two weeks.

It was the fourth win in a row for the Clippers (27-13) who set out on a 12-day, seven-game road trip that begins Friday. Their sendoff was somewhat miraculous.

They trailed 123-106 after Wright’s layup and ensuing foul shot and were down 127-118 when Monta Ellis knocked down a 17-footer at the 2:56 mark. But an 11-0 run that included Matt Barnes’ fifth 3-pointer of the game, a 3-pointer from J.J. Redick to pull the Clippers within one with under a minute to go, and a pair of Jamal Crawford free throws that gave the Clippers their first lead since the opening minutes of the fourth quarter wrapped up a topsy-turvy game.

“I can’t explain that game,” Rivers said. “That was one of those games where you just threw the kitchen sink and you just tried everything. We were making shots. They were making shots and we end up making enough to win.”

The Clippers led for most of the game’s first three quarters, but gave up a nine-point advantage after Dallas went on a 32-6 run. They needed a number of stat-stuffing performances to turn the game back around.

Redick finished with a career-high 33 points, going 10-for-14 from the field (7-for-9 from 3-point range). Matt Barnes added a season-high 25 points off the bench. Blake Griffin scored 23 points with seven rebounds and eight assists. Darren Collison had 13 points and 10 assists and Jamal Crawford had nine of his 16 points in the fourth quarter, including a 3-poitner that Rivers said may have spurred him after a poor shooting start.

“He struggled for three and a half quarters,” Rivers said. “But the last six minutes we were sitting there trying to decide do we take him out or someone else out. My thought was ‘that’s Jamal Crawford.’ I’m going to keep him in because at some point he’s going to turn into Jamal Crawford and at the end of the game he did that.”

The Clippers’ wild run gained steam after Collison made a 3-pointer from the corner and Griffin was fouled under the basket by Samuel Dalembert. The Mavericks center, who scored a season-high 20 points, was assessed a technical foul that led to a Griffin free throw and eventually a layup by Crawford.

The six-point possession made it 125-118.

“The NBA is a long game and things like that can change it really, really fast,” Crawford said. “Tonight we were able to do that.”

While momentum had clearly shifted, Ellis’ jumper on the ensuing possession seemed to stem the tide for Dallas (23-17). But the Mavericks would not score again and with the Clippers down four, Redick curled around a screen to get an open 3-pointer from straightaway to make it 127-126 with 34 seconds on the clock.

The Clippers halted star Dirk Nowitzki 15 seconds later and Crawford drew a foul on Shawn Marion to give L.A. the lead. They still needed one final stop following Dallas’ last timeout and as they have done so many times previously in the waning moments in several close home victories, they got one.

Jose Calderon missed a 3-pointer and Jordan’s rebound led to a foul with three seconds remaining. He made 1-of-2 and then promptly intercepted a desperation inbounds heave by DeJuan Blair at the buzzer.

“That one may have been more fun than the Minnesota game (coming back from five points down with less than 30 seconds to go),” Crawford said. “Being down 17 with five minutes to go, sometimes it takes one shot or one stop to kind of spark you and catapult you, and that’s what happened.”

NOTES

The Clippers are 18-3 at home. It’s the second best home record in the NBA… The Clippers made 17 of their 34 3-pointers, coming one shy from matching the franchise record… Dallas took 97 shot attempts, 14 more than the Clippers. The difference was due in large part to 17 offensive rebounds that led to 23 second chance points… Nowitzki scored a team-high 27 points with eight rebounds… Griffin went 13-for-16 from the foul line. It was the 10th time since Dec. 9 that he’s taken at least 10 free throws in a game… The Clippers are 5-1 this season without Chris Paul…

QUOTES

 

CLIPPERS HEAD COACH DOC RIVERS

RE: Overall thoughts on tonight’s game

“Yeah, what a defensive struggle, huh? 129-127 in regulation. What I told our guys after the game was, „it's not the game you plan, but it's the game you won. And you found a way to win the game.' I thought we were coming apart right before half time. We were up 10 and you could just feel—the thing I like is that our guys were so messed up about their scoring, that they were scoring on us, that we lost our composure. That's a great sign of a team that wants to be a great defensive team. And as crazy as that sounds, it hurt us. You could see it. We got dispirited every time they scored, and we absolutely lost it for a while, but we had to go with strange line ups, switched everything, and figure out a way, and our guys pulled it out, so very proud of them.”

CLIPPERS HEAD COACH DOC RIVERS

RE: 23-4 run

“We had J.J. [Redick] guarding Dirk [Nowitzki] on one play and it worked. I can't explain that game, it was one of those games where you just threw the kitchen sink and tried everything. We were making shots, they were making shots and we ended up making enough to win.”

CLIPPERS HEAD COACH DOC RIVERS

RE: 11-0 run

“I think it was an 11-0 run down the stretch. We had to get stops, we got it, we switched everything which we never do, and we did a pretty good job of it. That was Tyronn [Lue] defensively. He just kept going to me saying „let's try this, let's try this' and I got to the point where I just started saying „okay', because nothing else was working.”

CLIPPERS HEAD COACH DOC RIVERS

RE: Keeping composure

“Really it's Blake [Griffin], honestly, because he was taking the shots. You think about it. Blake was taking some shots tonight. The old Blake may have responded. Tonight he just took it and went up to the free throw line and made the free throws. ...What's the old saying? „He who angers you owns you.' There's some truth in that. Tonight Blake [Griffin] kept his cool, and angered others, and that's good.”

CLIPPERS FORWARD BLAKE GRIFFIN

RE: Physicality of the game

“I think when things got a little chippy, I thought we buckled down and played better, and that's the reason for us coming back. You know, it got chippy there at the end of the 4th quarter, really the whole game, but in the 4th quarter. That's when we really buckled down, so that was huge for us.”

CLIPPERS FORWARD BLAKE GRIFFIN

RE: Improving chemistry without Chris Paul

“I think we played hard and realized we have to rely on our system. You know with CP [Chris Paul] out, he does so much with the basketball and he kind of directs us offensively. We really have kind of stepped back and really relied on our system and relied on the things we've been working on since day one. It's proved to, you know, be great for us so hopefully this just makes us a better team when we do get CP [Chris Paul] back.”

CLIPPERS FORWARD BLAKE GRIFFIN

RE: Comebacks being trait of this team

“We've shown that at times, but I think at times we have gone the other way and we have fallen apart a little bit down the stretch. Those games have kind of shown us, and should prove to us that we're never really out of a game. But yeah, we would love for that to be our thing. Obviously we'd love to not be in that situation in the first place, but the resolve that we had tonight and (in) some of the other games has been great.”

CLIPPERS GUARD JAMAL CRAWFORD

RE: Overall thoughts on tonight’s game

“It was a humbling game. They're the same shots you make in practice and in other games; sometimes it just doesn't go your way. The one thing I love about my teammates and coaching staff is that they stay with it. Coach has a lot of patience; especially for me, I've seen that this season. He lets me kind of wade through that.”

CLIPPERS GUARD JAMAL CRAWFORD

RE: Defining the victory

“[A character game] was exactly what that was, being down 17 with five minutes left. That team had won a few games in a row... that's a good team. We had every reason to throw it at that point, things just weren't going right. Coaches just kept saying, „Keep believing, keep hanging in there. Do it with your defense.' We continued to do that. We became the aggressors. It seemed like they backed up a little bit, and we continued to apply pressure.”

CLIPPERS GUARD JAMAL CRAWFORD

RE: Game’s excitement

“I have to watch it, but it's definitely up there. That one may have been more fun than the Minnesota game, being down 17 with five minutes to go. Sometimes, it takes one shot or one stop to kind of spark you and catapult you, and that's what happened there.”

CLIPPERS GUARD J.J. REDICK

RE: Matt Barnes’ impact on the game

“That was great tonight. He [Matt Barnes]'s always kind of an X factor. We need him to play well off of the bench. He's had some games where you can tell he's getting back into his rhythm and tonight, he was full-fledged Matt Barnes as well all know him. So, it was good to see him play like that.”

CLIPPERS GUARD J.J. REDICK

RE: Similar situations throughout playing career

“There was a game when I was in Orlando, we were down, I don't know, it wasn't 17, but we were down ten with like a minute to go, maybe. It was against Philly [Philadelphia] and Jason Richardson hit a four point play to tie it. Then, Andre Iguodala fouled us. It was one of the crazier games I've been a part of.”

CLIPPERS GUARD J.J. REDICK

RE: Return from injury

“I feel confident playing. I wouldn't be out there if I weren't confident in my cardio and my skill level, and my wrist coming back from injury. But, it's nice to have shots go in early, and that happened again tonight. And I got it going again in the second quarter. It was a combination of a lot of things, just playing with energy, and there were some crazy plays. [Samuel] Dalembert stepped on my head and somehow I got a wide open three from Blake [Griffin] at the other end. Just a wild night.”

CLIPPERS CENTER DEANDRE JORDAN

RE: Confidence in the game

“Well you know, everybody is stepping it up because Chris [Paul] is down, it's a collective effort. But our defense is what got us the lead early and kind of had a lapse and that's why we went down, but late in the game we kind of picked it back up and that's what got us the game.”

CLIPPERS CENTER DEANDRE JORDAN

RE: J.J. Redick’s performance

“He was incredible tonight. He got us going early offensively, going off screens, making some big shots; that's what he does. When he can shoot as well as he did tonight, it opens up the floor for Blake [Griffin] and cutters like Matt [Barnes] and Jared Dudley for easy buckets.”

CLIPPERS GUARD DARREN COLLISON

RE: Losing traction in second half

“We just lost a little bit of focus on the defensive end. They played well, they were executing well, and they're guy hopped for a little bit. You know, it's part of the game, we just got to get it back. They made their run so I was happy that we made our run at the end of the game.”

CLIPPERS GUARD DARREN COLLISON

RE: J.J. Redick’s performance tonight

“J.J [Redick] has been playing phenomenal this year you know, we expect that from him. Especially tonight, he played great and you know, without him, we probably wouldn't win a game.”

CLIPPERS GUARD DARREN COLLISON

RE: Winning at home before road trip

“It feels good. It's something that we talked about; we got a long road trip ahead of us. To be able to get a good win, it starts us off on a good foot.”

CLIPPERS FORWARD MATT BARNES

RE: Down by 17 in 4th quarter

“We just had to believe. We have been in this position before. I think we showed a little bit of maturity tonight. We lost our cool for a while and the game was slipping away but we talked to each other before, said we've been here before and went together and got a win.”

CLIPPERS FORWARD MATT BARNES

RE: Overall thoughts on season

“It's been a rough season for me you know, with all the injuries, in and out. Trying to catch a flow you know, working so hard to get back in shape and tired in the game. So I've just been relaxed and having more mental approach and it's a matter of work.”

MAVERICKS HEAD COACH RICK CARLISLE

RE: Overall thoughts on the game

“We made some really bad mental mistakes, which gave them a chance and they took advantage of it. It's as hard of a lesson as you're going to have in this league, but you've got to play the whole 48 minutes from start to finish. We got a bad start. We didn't really start fighting until the second half and that's inexcusable.”

MAVERICKS HEAD COACH RICK CARLISLE

RE: Reasons for loss

“We couldn't get stops and that's the reason we lost. If you're going to pin all your hopes on shot-making in this league, you're not going to win nearly as many games as you can if you have the ability to get stops. We got the lead by getting stops, and then we lost it with mental mistakes and poor defense down the stretch.”

MAVERICKS FORWARD DIRK NOWITZKI

RE: Overall thoughts on the game

“I was thinking, „We might be the only team trying to find a way to lose this one.' We were up around 15, 16. We've just got to find a way to win it. Get a couple stops here and there; I've got to make a couple shots. There's no way we should lose this game.”

MAVERICKS FORWARD DIRK NOWITZKI

RE: Losing the fourth-quarter lead

“We've got to get some stops. We can't give up threes, especially when they're down that many, you know the only way they're going to come back was with threes, and they hit three or four in the last few minutes. We had a flagrant foul, we had a technical, and that meant they always get the ball back.”

MAVERICKS FORWARD DIRK NOWITZKI

RE: Poor fourth-quarter shooting

“Well, you know, I've shot about ten thousand of those shots from the high post. So a couple of them were in, a couple of them were good looks that I've just got to make. So that was unfortunate.”

MAVERICKS CENTER SAMUEL DALEMBERT

RE: Physicality of the game

“It was a physical, physical game. Things were going left and right. They hit us, we hit them back. It was one of those games.”

MAVERICKS CENTER SAMUEL DALEMBERT

RE: Losing a big fourth-quarter lead

“Very, very, very disappointing. We had the game. We made some mistakes and let them come back, and they made it happen.”

MAVERICKS FORWARD SHAWN MARION

RE: Overall thoughts on the game

“When you score 127 points, it should be a walkaway win, but it wasn't the case. We couldn't stop them in the end. We couldn't hit no shots the last two, three minutes. The crowd got into the game. It was revved up in there; it was like a playoff game in the last three or four minutes. It was just too much testosterone in there. So much competiveness, everybody going back and forth, mouthing, and getting techs [technical fouls]. It just became a brawl out there.”

MAVERICKS FORWARD SHAWN MARION

RE: Losing a big lead

“We're not getting any stops. They scored 129 points. How are you going to win giving up 129 points? It's hard to beat anybody giving up that many points. That's a lot of points. Play some defense, man.”

VIDEO

PREVIEW

By: Eric Patten | Follow @EricPatten


The Clippers and Mavericks meet for the second time in 12 days on Wednesday and the first time since Chris Paul was injured on Dallas’ home floor in the Clippers’ 119-112 come-from-behind victory. The Clippers (26-13) have won three in a row against the Mavericks (23-16) and while three games separate the teams in the Western Conference standings, they both enter on three-game winning streaks (and four of their last five), matching the second longest active streaks in the NBA.

NOTEWORTHY MATCHUP

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DARREN COLLISON VS. JOSE CALDERON



Collison

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PPG

APG

RPG

SPG

TPG

FG%

3PT%

2013-14

39

9.4

2.5

2.3

1.1

1.3

.489

.369

vs. DAL

7

17.1

4.7

3.3

1.7

2.7

.512

.350

vs. Calderon

10

11.7

4.6

2.3

0.7

2.1

.481

.267

 

Calderon

G

PPG

APG

RPG

SPG

TPG

FG%

3PT%

2013-14

38

12.0

4.8

2.4

1.2

1.2

.462

.461

vs. LAC

15

10.9

6.7

3.0

0.8

1.7

.472

.447

vs. Collison

10

12.8

6.3

2.9

0.9

1.0

.476

.395

3-ON-3

Clippers

  • Collison scored 20 points on Jan. 3, his first game against the Mavericks since he played for the team in 2012-13.
  • Blake Griffin is averaging 26.2 points per game since Dec. 16 and the Clippers are 10-4 in that span. He’s also scored 30 or more points five times in that span, including his game-high 33 against the Lakers on Friday.
  • The Clippers rank third or better in four key defensive categories since Nov. 19 (28 games), including opponent’s field goal percentage, net efficiency, 3-point defense and opponent’s points in transition.
  • Mavericks

  • High-scoring Mavericks guard Monta Ellis has scored 30 or more points 86 times in his career, including three times this season. However, he’s done so just twice in 22 games all-time against the Clippers.
  • When Dallas has more rebounds than its opponent they are 9-1 this year. Comparatively, the Clippers are 14-3. In their Jan. 3 meeting the Clippers owned a 46-39 advantage on the boards.
  • The Mavericks lead the league in steals (9.67) per game and have 12 games of at least 12 steals. The Clippers have turned the ball over 13 times or fewer seven times in their last 11 games.
  • NOTES

    The Clippers are 17-3 at home, second best in the NBA. They’ve also averaged a league-high 110 points per game in their 20 home games… Dallas is 9-10 on the road and they score six points fewer per game on the road than they do at home… Dirk Nowitzki is within 600 points of No. 12 on the all-time scoring list… If DeAndre Jordan grabs at least 10 rebounds it will be his 17th game in a row with 10-plus boards, tying Elton Brand for the fourth longest streak in franchise history…

    WHAT THEY’RE SAYING

    Blake Griffin: “The thing I’m most pleased with in this stretch is the way that we’ve moved the ball. With the exception of the first half of the Spurs game I really think we’ve done a great job of keeping the ball moving, having good spacing and really having good pace running what we’ve wanted to run.”

    Darren Collison: “Definitely, I’m always up to play against [the Mavericks], but Wednesday I think it’s really a key to our trip. We want to go off on our trip on the right foot and that’s the start of it.”

    INJURY UPDATE

    LAC: Reggie Bullock (sprained left ankle) will return to lineup versus Dallas. Chris Paul (shoulder) remains out.

    DAL: According to ESPN Dallas, Shawn Marion (shoulder/ribs) will attempt to play against the Clippers after a four-game absence. Shane Larkin (sprained right ankle) is day-to-day. Devin Harris (foot) remains out.

    REGULAR SEASON SERIES HISTORY

    All-Time: 50-85 (Home: 31-36, Road: 19-49)
    2013-14: 1-0
    Current Overall Streak: Won 1

    Home Streak: Won 3
    Last Win: January 9, 2013 (99-93)
    Last Loss: March 30, 2010 (100-106)

    Largest Margin of Victory:
    Home: 22 (2) (112-90), December 15, 2012
    Largest Margin of Defeat:
    Home: 29 (100-129), April 11, 1987

    SEASON SERIES

    Jan. 3, 2014 at American Airlines Center: Clippers 119, Mavericks 112 (RECAP)
    Jan. 15, 2014 at Staples Center
    Mar. 27, 2014 at American Airlines Center
    Apr. 3, 2014 at Staples Center

    LAST TIME OUT


    RECAP | BOX SCORE

    Clippers Leaders:
    Pts: Griffin 33
    Reb:
    Griffin 12
    Ast: Collison 7

    Last Time Out



    123


    87


    DALLAS MAVERICKS

    Mavericks Leaders:
    Pts: Ellis 21
    Reb: Blair 7
    Ast: Mekel 7

    BOX SCORE »



    107



    88