Game #77 | April 3, 2014
Staples Center | Los Angeles, CA

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LOS ANGELES – For the fourth time in their season series with the Dallas Mavericks, the Clippers spotted Dallas a lead of at least 10 points in the fourth quarter.

They came back to win in the previous three, but on Thursday night, in the second game of a back-to-back, they tempted fate one too many times.

The Clippers gave Dallas a 12-point lead with less than three minutes remaining and nearly erased it again. But they missed two go-ahead 3-pointers in the final minute, falling, 113-107, at Staples Center, snapping a four-game winning streak.

“We gave ourselves a chance to win,” said Darren Collison, who finished with 22 points, his third game in a row with 20 points, and added three steals. “We just fell short this time. We showed a lot of resilience coming back, but we never want to put ourselves in that position in the first place.”

Blake Griffin notched his fourth career triple-double with 25 points, 11 assists and 10 rebounds. DeAndre Jordan had 21 points and 15 rebounds. Chris Paul scored 17 points with nine assists and five rebounds. And J.J. Redick returned from a 25-game absence due to a bulging disc in his lower back and scored 12 points in 24 minutes off the bench.

It was only the third loss in the last 20 games for the Clippers (54-23), who remain three and a half games ahead of Houston for the No. 3 seed in the Western Conference standings. Dallas (45-31) moved to seventh in the West, a game and a half behind sixth place Golden State.

Paul and Collison led the charge back in the fourth quarter as the Clippers put together a 10-0 run capped by Collison’s layup with 1:26 that made it a two-point game. The Clippers forced misses by Dirk Nowitzki, who had 26 points, and Brandan Wright on the possessions that followed.

But Redick and Collison missed 3-pointers that could have put them ahead from opposite corners and Dallas was able to ice the game with free throws by Nowitzki and Shawn Marion.

“We ran out of miracles,” Clippers head coach Doc Rivers said. “We got good shots, though. J.J. had a great shot. I didn’t think he needed to step back for that three. We ran that out of a timeout and thought he would be open and he was. But he got a little greedy. He was open for the two and stepped back for the three. That actually gave that guy a chance to challenge the shot.”

Redick’s shot came in front of the Mavericks bench with 54.9 seconds to go and the Clippers down 109-107. Wright missed a runner on the other end and the Clippers pushed the ball in transition to get Collison another go-ahead 3-point attempt from the right corner. Nowitzki rebounded the miss and was able to dribble down the clock before Griffin fouled him.

The last half of the fourth quarter, though, was the only stretch when the Clippers defense was able to get consistent stops. They allowed the Mavericks to shoot 50.0 percent from the field and gave up 14 3-pointers, including four apiece from Nowitzki and Vince Carter. Dallas’ perimeter shooting countered the Clippers’ 50-30 advantage in the paint and 25-2 advantage on the break.

NOTES

Griffin scored 10 points in the first quarter. It was the 18th time this season he’s had at least 10 points in the opening period… The Clippers fell to 31-6 at home. They are one win away from tying the franchise record for home victories in a season… Paul’s streak of three steals or more in eight straight games came to an end… It is the first time the Clippers have lost when Griffin had a triple-double… Jamal Crawford (calf) and Danny Granger (hamstring) did not play…

QUOTES

CLIPPERS HEAD COACH DOC RIVERS

RE: Blake [Griffin]’s injury

 

“I’m not that concerned, I don’t think it was anything bad. I thought it was an ankle—not even that bad. I think he’ll be fine. I didn’t ask anyone, and Blake [Griffin] looked okay in the locker room.”

 

CLIPPERS HEAD COACH DOC RIVERS

RE: Team’s need to rest

 

“We’re about to get it, we’re about to get a start now, so we’re going to get two days off after each game for the rest of the year, so I think that’s taking care of that problem for us. At some point I’ll probably lessen the minutes but I think this is a neat situation that gives us a chance to still play games, and meaningful games, (some of them will be), and get rest at the same time. So we just walked into a pretty good situation. I’m hoping these days give us a chance to get some guys back out on the floor, but honestly it doesn’t look like that’s going to happen.”

 

CLIPPERS HEAD COACH DOC RIVERS

RE: J.J. Redick

 

“Well it’s easy to fit him in with your team, I just worry about him being too hard on himself. He’s probably the easiest guy in the league—him and Ray [Allen], and any guy that runs off of screens without the ball, you can literally just throw them in tomorrow, and you can run offense, and it will work. So he’s easy in that way. He’s missed a lot of games, he played in the game tonight without having a practice for him in 10-12 days, so he’s just got to be patient.”

 

CLIPPERS HEAD COACH DOC RIVERS

RE: DeAndre Jordan’s performance

 

“Scoring is just a byproduct of effort. It’s not like we ran a play for DJ [DeAndre Jordan]. I don’t know the last time I ran a play for DJ [DeAndre Jordan]—yet he gets 14, 16, or 18pts, and he does it with his effort. He’s been a dominant defender and now he’s been a dominant rebounder as well. And that’s where his offense comes. He just goes and gets it. And that’s been really good for us.”

 

CLIPPERS HEAD COACH DOC RIVERS

RE: Effort over last two games

 

“Yeah, actually both nights we were pretty sluggish. I didn’t think we were that fresh last night, to be honest. I thought we were pretty slow on a lot of stuff last night, and we just have an internal fortitude and we dug down and won, and almost did it again tonight. But it just felt like last night, to me, this whole game, we were kind of waiting to maybe make a push, instead of going to get the game, is the way I would say it. We almost got away with it.”

 

CLIPPERS GUARD CHRIS PAUL

RE: Overall thoughts on tonight’s game

 

“We just ran out of time tonight. We waited too long. They went on a run right there at the six minute mark. Dirk [Nowitzki] kept hitting threes, we weren’t playing our defense, and then we made some adjustments and it was too late.”

 

CLIPPERS GUARD CHRIS PAUL

RE: Importance of remainder of regular season

 

“It’s very key; we need it. We just came off a nine-day road trip right into this back-to-back; so, we could use a little rest to get bodies fresh and get everybody ready to go.”

 

CLIPPERS GUARD CHRIS PAUL

RE: Nine-day road trip

 

“This road trip that we went on, everybody except for New Orleans was fighting for playoffs. We knew tonight was going to be a game like that and we still had a chance to win at the end.”

 

CLIPPERS GUARD CHRIS PAUL

RE: J.J. Redick’s return

 

“It was great to get J.J. [Redick] back. He’s still trying to find his rhythm. You know we haven’t had too many practices. He just played. He really hasn’t had many chances to practice and things like that; and I think he did great and we’re going to need him.”

 

CLIPPERS FORWARD BLAKE GRIFFIN

RE: Mindset leading up to the playoffs

 

“Rest is important going into the playoffs obviously with everybody being healthy, but at the same time we want to be playing our best basketball. So I completely trust Doc [Rivers] to kind of guide us on how to go about that, so we’ll take it as we go, but right now we have some games to finish up.”

 

CLIPPERS FORWARD BLAKE GRIFFIN

RE: Breaks in between upcoming games

 

“Looking at our schedule you see two days between every game; it’s crazy. We haven’t had that at all really this season so that’s big for us, and we just have to be smart about it.”

 

CLIPPERS FORWARD BLAKE GRIFFIN

RE: Darren Collison’s overall performance this season

 

“He’s been great for us all season. He’s really been asked to play different roles almost game-in and game-out with so many injuries and all that. He does a great job. He’s really attacked, he’s moved the ball well, and has been great for us defensively, really put pressure on the opposing point-guards. So he’s a huge part of our team.”

 

CLIPPERS FORWARD BLAKE GRIFFIN

RE: Overall thoughts on team defense

 

“They got into the lane a little bit too easily and we kind of scrambled around. I thought it started early. Second quarter we did a good job, third quarter off and on, fourth quarter off and on. You can’t be a team like that playing off and on defense for three quarters.”

 

CLIPPERS GUARD J.J. REDICK

RE: Overall thoughts on first game back

 

“I didn’t feel limited. I felt limited by my rustiness, but physically, I didn’t feel any limitations. We don’t practice a lot, and during warm-ups today I was like, “What am I doing?” I’m just very humbled and very grateful I got play in an NBA game this season. There were definitely some days and some moments that it didn’t look that way.”

 

CLIPPERS GUARD J.J. REDICK

RE: Personal performance tonight

 

“Whether it was realistic or not, I expected myself to play a great game tonight, and I didn’t. I felt like I could’ve given us a bigger boost. Not just shooting, but with energy and stuff, especially coming off a trip, and I didn’t give my team that, so I’m frustrated with myself.

 

CLIPPERS GUARD J.J. REDICK

RE: Importance of remainder of season

 

“We originally targeted the Lakers game, but I was making progress and I just felt like „Let’s just go ahead and play.’ Having days between games, having off days and getting treatment, and into the playoffs where there are no back-to-backs, this is hopefully something I can manage the rest of the season.”

 

CLIPPERS GUARD J.J. REDICK

RE: Managing the injury

 

“It’s probably going to be for the rest of the season. I had a herniated disk in 2006, and made it eight years without missing a game due to a back issue. So this is just something I’ll have to manage the rest of the season. But, because of the nature of this one, not so much being pain-related but nerve-related, there was no timetable. There was no guarantee the nerve would respond without surgery. It was a little bit different and that’s why I say I just have to manage it and stay on top of things and just continue to be keenly aware of what’s going on with my body.”

 

CLIPPERS GUARD DARREN COLLISON

RE: Effects of fatigue

 

“It shouldn’t be an excuse. We’ve been in this position before and I’m more upset about the loss than being tired.”

 

CLIPPERS GUARD DARREN COLLISON

RE: Coming back from a double digit deficit

 

“Yeah, you know, we gave ourselves a chance to win. We just didn’t pull it off this time. The good thing about it is that we’re showing a lot of resilience in coming back. We never want to put ourselves in that position in the first place. I thought we had to do a better job of starting off the game.”

 

CLIPPERS GUARD DARREN COLLISON

RE: Mindset at the end of the game

 

“I thought we played with more self-urgency. That’s something we should have played with at the beginning of the game. Like I said, we gave ourselves a chance to win, and that’s all we can ask for.”

 

CLIPPERS GUARD DARREN COLLISON

RE: Upcoming game against L.A. Lakers

 

“Right now, we just have to worry about rest and make sure we get healthy first. We’ve got a couple days to make sure our bodies are where they need to be, and then Sunday is another big game for us.”

 

CLIPPERS FORWARD MATT BARNES

RE: Impact of fatigue

 

“You don’t ever want to make excuses. It’s tough to beat a team four times in a season. They’re a tough time fighting for their life, so you’ve got to take your hat off. They played well tonight and no matter what the situation was, they beat us.”

 

CLIPPERS FORWARD MATT BARNES

RE: Mavericks ability to create open shots

 

“That was them executing their offense. We’ve been playing well on defense, but tonight we didn’t do too well, and they’re a team that made you pay for it.”

 

CLIPPERS FORWARD MATT BARNES

RE: Ability to rest leading up to playoffs

 

“I think what’ll help us is that we’ll actually get days off now. We were playing every other day for the last month. So now, we have two days and sometimes three days in between games. So, I think that’ll be most beneficial.”

 

CLIPPERS FORWARD MATT BARNES

RE: Playing teams fighting for playoff berths

 

“It’s playoff intensity. We still have some work to do before we get to the playoffs, and we’re going to take the process step-by-step.”

 

MAVERICKS HEAD COACH RICK CARLISLE

RE: Importance of the win in the playoff race

 

“I’m not really looking at the standings. I just know that they’re all important. It’s great for us. The guys showed a lot of character. It’s a big win.”

 

MAVERICKS HEAD COACH RICK CARLISLE

RE: Fourth quarter run

 

“The team with [Devin] Harris, [Jae] Crowder, [Vince] Carter, [Dirk] Nowitzki, and [Brandan] Wright got us some separation, which gave us a chance to close the game out. We held on, so it was great.”

 

MAVERICKS HEAD COACH RICK CARLISLE

RE: Mindset when the Clippers made a late fourth quarter run

 

“I wasn’t worried. I knew we were alright.”

 

MAVERICKS HEAD COACH RICK CARLISLE

RE: How he knew the Mavericks were alright

 

“I just did. I know things.”

 

MAVERICKS FORWARD DIRK NOWITZKI

RE: Overall thoughts on tonight’s game

 

“The win was nice… not so much the last couple of minutes. We started to give the ball away again. [J.J.] Redick had some shots to actually give them the lead, which is unbelievable after we just had a ten-point lead. But I’m glad we survived. Definitely a big win for us against a very good team, against a team we haven’t beaten this year, against a team that hasn’t lost much on their home floor.”

 

MAVERICKS FORWARD DIRK NOWITZKI

RE: Overall thoughts on the fourth quarter

 

“We had a nice little run there. We ran the same play, a little side screen-and-roll with Devin [Harris]. Myself and Vince [Carter] were on the weak side, and every time they sucked in, Vince made a 3, I made a 3, and when they didn’t suck in [Brandan] Wright had a good finish on the rolls. So that was a good lineup right there, and it gave us a little cushion. We needed every single point of that cushion. The way we give away leads is sometimes mind-boggling.”

 

MAVERICKS FORWARD DIRK NOWITZKI

RE: Western Conference playoff race

 

“The seedings and the playoff run have been nuts in the West for a long time, but this is definitely another crazy year. We didn’t even play yesterday and we moved up from 9 to 7. So we were thinking we should just forfeit all of our games and keep moving up. But it’s a wild race. There are a lot of good teams in the West that deserve it. We’ve just got to keep grinding.”

 

MAVERICKS FORWARD SHAWN MARION

RE: Overall thoughts on the game

 

“We were able to get some stops when we needed to, Dirk [Nowitzki] made some free throws, and that was it, luckily. They went on a 10-0 run for what, two minutes? It wasn’t even a two-minute stretch and they went on a 10-0 run. I don’t know what happened, but we were able to pull it out. That’s all that matters.”

 

MAVERICKS GUARD JOSE CALDERON

RE: Overall thoughts on tonight’s game

 

“The last three games against them; we didn’t [hold the lead]. It looked like it was going to go the same way again, but they couldn’t make the comeback all the way, and I think we played a little bit smarter at the end than we’ve been doing lately in the last three games. So we needed this one. We owe this team. It’s been three big games against them, but we couldn’t, even with big leads. So today, I think everybody was thinking, „Okay, here we go again,’ but we did a little bit better.”

 

MAVERICKS GUARD JOSE CALDERON

RE: Importance of tonight’s victory

 

“It’s really important because of the race to make the playoffs. I think it’s even more important on our minds, to know we can beat a good team like the Clippers. It’s been three tough ones for us, losing the way we’ve lost the three games against them. So, we were coming into this game like „Okay, this is more than the final [score].’ It’s not only about winning, about making the playoffs, it’s also about making a little statement to say „Okay, we can beat this team.’”

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PREVIEW

By: BenHaber | Follow @HaberBen


Overcoming desperation and no rest will be the Clippers’ assignment against the Mavericks on Thursday. Head Coach Doc Rivers knows his team is only battling for seeding, while the Mavericks are determined to make the Playoffs.

The Clippers (54-22) already won the series over the Mavericks at 3-0, and are looking to capture another Texas-sized sweep on Thursday. A night earlier in Phoenix, Los Angeles defeated the Suns, 112-108. The Clippers were trailing 91-78 prior to the fourth quarter, but they outscored the Suns 34-17 in the final 12 minutes to secure the comeback, extending their winning streak to four games and earning a second Pacific Division title in as many years.

The Mavericks (44-31) came up short to the Warriors on Tuesday, falling 122-120 in overtime. Stephen Curry drilled a game winning jumper with no time remaining. Dirk Nowitzki and Monta Ellis combined to tally 60 points in the loss.

With a mere six games left in the regular season for the Clippers, the standings are starting to look clearer. The Clippers are four games ahead of the Rockets for the No. 3 spot, and own the decisive head-to-head advantage. The No. 2 spot continues to belong to the Thunder, who are 1.5 games up on the Clippers. The Mavericks haven’t beaten the Clippers on the road since Mar. 30, 2010, and they need to end that streak to stay on pace for one of the West’s eight playoff berths.

NOTEWORTHY MATCHUP

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Chris Paul vs. Monta Ellis

Paul

G

PPG

RPG

APG

SPG

FG%

FT%

2013-14

57

19.0

4.3

10.9

2.6

.458

.863

vs. DAL

28

22.1

5.0

8.9

2.5

.523

.868

vs. Ellis

22

21.8

4.5

9.8

2.1

.506

.837

 

Ellis

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PPG

RPG

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SPG

FG%

FT%

2013-14

75

19.0

3.5

5.7

1.8

.452

.789

vs. LAC

24

17.6

3.7

6.5

1.5

.446

.746

vs. Paul

22

18.8

3.7

4.9

1.5

.460

.740

THREE THINGS TO WATCH ON PRIME TICKET

- The up-tempo style favors the Clippers over the Mavericks. The Clippers are No.2 in the NBA in fast-break points, and the Mavericks come in at 18th in the category. The easy buckets may not happen often for the Clippers. The Mavericks take care of the ball well, with the fifth fewest turnovers in the league. 

- The premier offenses tend to be the most efficient offenses, and the Clippers and Mavericks provide proof. The Clippers 1.080 offensive efficiency is tied with the Heat for the No.1 marker. The Mavericks aren’t far behind in offensive efficiency at fourth at 1.077. In all three of the Clippers-Mavericks games this season, each team has posted at least 103 points.

- Blake Griffin, who returned after a one-game absence due to lower back spasms on Wednesday, bothered Nowitzki in their Mar. 27 meeting, particularly down the stretch. In the fourth quarter, Griffin didn’t allow Nowitzki to connect from the field with the future Hall of Famer going 0-of-6. Nowitzki notched 21 points in total on 7-of-15 shooting. It’s tough to guard Nowitzki, and Griffin’s back problems won’t help the task. Can Griffin slow down Nowitzki again?

NOTES

The Clippers 31-5 record at home is the best in the West and the Mavericks are 19-17 on the road… Dallas hasn’t played outside of the American Airlines Center since Mar. 16, when they beat the Thunder, 109-86… DeAndre Jordan is the sole member of the Clippers to start in every game… In the Clippers’ Mar. 27 109-103 victory against the Mavericks, Griffin had his 30 consecutive games of 20-plus points snapped …Since Jan. 1, the Clippers 33-10 record places second in the league, a game behind the Spurs...

WHAT THEY’RE SAYING

Doc Rivers: “We just find ways to win. We believe we can win in every game.”

Jared Dudley: “It’s good to be contributing again and getting back in. For me, it’s another opportunity and you want to seize them. I have been battling all year. This is the healthiest I have felt all year.”

INJURY UPDATE

LAC: Rivers said there is a 75 percent chance J.J. Redick (back) could return from a 26-game absence. Danny Granger (strained left hamstring) and Jamal Crawford (Achilles) are out.

DAL: None reported

REGULAR SEASON HISTORY

All Time: 52-85 (Home: 32-36, Road: 20-49)

2013-14: 3-0

Current Overall Streak: Won 4

Home Streak: Won 4

Last Win: Jan. 15, 2014 (129-127)                                                                

Last Loss: Mar. 30, 2010 (100-106)

Largest Margin of Victory:

Home: 22 (2) (112-90), Dec.15, 2012

Largest Margin of Defeat:

Home: 29 (100-129), Apr. 11, 1987

SEASON SERIES

Jan. 3, 2014 at American Airlines Center: Clippers 119, Mavericks 112

Jan. 15, 2014 at Staples Center: Clippers 129, Mavericks 127

Mar. 27, 2014 at American Airlines Center: Clippers 109, Mavericks 103

Apr. 3, 2014 at Staples Center

LAST TIME OUT


RECAP | BOX SCORE

Clippers Leaders:

Pts: Collison/Griffin 23
Reb: Jordan 11
Ast: Paul 9

Last Time Out



112


108


DALLAS MAVERICKS

Mavericks Leaders:

Pts: Nowitzki 33
Reb: Nowitzki 11
Ast: 2 Players 6

 

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