Dallas had lost four of five overall and four straight on the road before Saturday’s 113-90 victory in Phoenix. Michael Finley matched a season high with 38 points and Antoine Walker added 18 points and 10 rebounds as Dallas, which owns the NBA’s best home record at 29-4, improved to just 12-20 away from home.
“Road games have not been easy for us this year, so any road kill is a good win for us,” Dallas coach Don Nelson said. “We have to start winning games on the road, and hopefully, this is a start.”
Finley made 15-of-23 shots, including 5-of-7 from 3-point range. The rest of the Mavericks were 1-of-7 from beyond the arc.
“We haven’t had a lot of success on the road,” Finley said. “We wanted to come out with tremendous energy, and we did. The games we lost we had come out slow.
“We needed this. We haven’t had a road win in a long time.”
Antawn Jamison added 15 points and 10 boards for the Mavericks, who moved a half-game in front of Memphis for fifth place in the Western Conference standings. The Mavericks are 2 1/2 games back of the fourth-place Los Angeles Lakers in the race for home-court advantage in the opening round of the playoffs.
Dallas has not won consecutive road games on the same trip since beating Denver and Portland on Jan. 16-17.
The Clippers have dropped three straight and are 1-6 in March, including Friday’s 98-89 loss at Memphis. Quentin Richardson scored 25 points for Los Angeles, which remained winless on the road against Western Conference opponents since Dec. 20.
Making matters worse, the Clippers were forced to put starting guard Marko Jaric on the injured list with a left foot injury.