Mavericks 116, Clippers 91

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DALLAS (AP)—The Dallas Mavericks got back to their winning ways against the Los Angeles Clippers.

Antoine Walker scored 21 points, Michael Finley added 20 and the Mavericks beat the Clippers for the first time in three tries this season, 116-91 on Tuesday night.

The Clippers were upset winners in the first two meetings, including a 10-point victory in Dallas on Dec. 20. Overall, however, Dallas has won 18 of the last 22 matchups.

Dallas got off to a fast start, converting 10 of its first 11 field goal tries for a 36-18 lead heading into the second quarter. The Mavericks shot 14-for-21 in the first quarter while the Clippers were 7-for-18.

“We wanted to get off to a good start,” said Walker, who hit five of his first seven shots and had 11 first-quarter points. “We dropped two games against these guys. We just wanted to come out, be aggressive and play basketball the way we’re capable of.”

Dirk Nowitzki had 16 points, nine rebounds and five blocks, and Antawn Jamison added 11 points and 10 rebounds for the Mavericks, who’ve won seven of their last nine.

The Mavericks have had problems closing out games this season, but they had no such worries Tuesday night. On Dec. 10, Dallas held a 20-point lead after the first quarter against the Clippers at Staples Center, only to lose 100-99.

Dallas has only five victories by 20 or more points this season after 17 such blowouts last season.

“We haven’t had many like that,” Jamison said. “It’s good to know we can finish off a team when we get a big lead.”

Corey Maggette’s 21 points and Bobby Simmons’ 16 paced the Clippers, who have lost six of their past eight.

The Clippers played inconsistent defense and missed 13 of 42 free throw attempts as they matched their most lopsided loss this season.

“If you don’t bring it defensively against this team, this is going to happen to you,” said Clippers guard Quentin Richardson, who went 3-for-12 from the field and scored seven points, 10 below his average.

Clippers forward Elton Brand also struggled, finishing with eight points, almost 13 below his average. Dallas turned its defensive attention to Brand, who had 39 and 31 points in his two previous games.

“We wanted to take care of Elton Brand,” Nowitzki said. “We kept him off the glass and made a concerted effort not to let him get going.”

The Mavericks, 25-4 at home, went 24-of-28 from the free throw line.

Dallas was in front at halftime, 65-43, behind Walker’s 8-for-10 shooting from the floor.

The Clippers were only able to get as close as 20 in the third quarter, and the Mavericks held a 92-66 edge entering the fourth.

“We didn’t have our A or B game tonight,” Clippers coach Mike Dunleavy said. “They’ve beaten us twice so we knew it would be a dog fight. This teamis too good to have that happen again.”


The Mavericks had their 100th straight home sellout. Dallas is 81-19 in those games. … Only two of the Clippers’ seven first-quarter baskets came from the outside. … Dallas’ biggest win of the season was by 28 over New Orleans on Nov. 11. … The Clippers also lost by 25 to the Sacramento Kings on Jan. 19. … The Mavericks are 16-0 this season when scoring 110 or more. … Nowitzki’s five blocked shots matched a career high. … The Clippers had themost free throw attempts by a Mavericks opponent this season.

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4 Rebs, 1 Assists
D. Nowitzki D. Nowitzki
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9 Rebs, 5 Assists

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