Los Angeles (10-12) at Dallas (15-10)

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  • Game info: 8:30 pm EST Sat Dec 20, 2003
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The Dallas Mavericks will look to avoid their first three-game losing streak of the season when they welcome the Los Angeles Clippers to the American Airlines Center.

A return to Dallas should help the Mavs, as they are 12-1 at home but just 3-9 on the road.

They failed to improve their road record when they lost at Boston and Minnesota on their recent two-game trip.

Steve Nash scored 27 points, and Antawn Jamison added 22 Thursday in the Mavs’ 114-109 loss to the Wolves. Dallas’ last three losses have been by five points or fewer.

“As long as a team plays up to its potential, I have no complaint about wins or losses,” Dallas coach Don Nelson said. “This was one of those games.”

Danny Fortson, who started at center, acknowledged what a draining week it is for the Mavs, who are playing their fourth game in six days.

“Everybody’s down on themselves,” Fortson said, “because this is a tough stretch for us.”

The Clippers had won four straight before falling to the Houston Rockets 99-85 on Friday. The streak was their longest since November 1995.

But they just could not keep it going against the Rockets, shooting just 36.4 percent from the field, including 29.4 percent from 3-point range.

Quentin Richardson led the Clippers with 20 points, while Corey Maggette had 16 and Elton Brand added 11 points and 11 rebounds.

Los Angeles shot better than 50 percent in its previous two games.

STANDINGS (through Dec. 18): Clippers - 5th place (tied), 7 GB, Pacific Division. Mavericks - 4th place, 1 GB, Midwest Division.

PROBABLE STARTERS: Clippers - F Maggette, F Brand, C Chris Kaman, G Richardson, G Marko Jaric. Mavericks - F Dirk Nowitzki, F Antoine Walker, C Fortson, G Josh Howard, G Nash.

TEAM LEADERS: Clippers - Maggette, 20.5 ppg; Brand, 11.5 rpg; Jaric, 4.1 apg. Mavericks - Nowitzki, 19.2 ppg; Walker, 9.7 rpg; Nash, 7.5 apg.

SEASON SERIES: Clippers, 1-0.

LAST MEETING: Dec. 10; Clippers, 100-99. At Los Angeles, Glen Rice, in his first game back after missing five with a bruised right knee, hit a jumper as time expired to give the Clippers the win. Maggette led Los Angeles with 30 points, and Michael Finley had a game-high 38 for Dallas.

ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Clippers - 2-7 on the road; Mavericks - 12-1 at home.

INJURIES: Clippers - C Olden Polynice (neck); G Eddie House (foot); C Josh Moore (back). Mavericks - G Finley (toe); C Shawn Bradley (back); G Tariq Abdul-Wahad (knee); G Jon Stefansson (ankle).

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