J.J. Redick scored 33 points and added 5 assists, while Matt Barnes came off the bench and added 25 points and 7 rebounds to help the Los Angeles Clippers edge the Dallas Mavericks, 129-127. The Clippers took quality shots, finishing 42-83 (50.6%) from the field, including 17-34 (50.0%) from beyond the arc. Los Angeles (27-13) has now won four straight.
Redick shot 10-14 (7-9 from three-point range) and 6-7 from the free throw line, in a solid performance. Other top contributors for Los Angeles included Jamal Crawford with 16 points and 7 assists, and Darren Collison with 13 points and 10 assists. Dirk Nowitzki had another big game for Dallas despite the loss, scoring 27 points on 8-22 shooting (3-6 on 3-point attempts), in addition to going 8-8 from the free throw line. He also recorded 8 rebounds. Samuel Dalembert chipped in 20 points and 7 rebounds, Shawn Marion finished with 14 points and 6 rebounds, and Monta Ellis put up 13 points and 13 assists.
In a battle of top offenses, the unit of Los Angeles (ranked fourth in the NBA in offensive efficiency) emerged victorious, scoring 1.29 points per possession. The Clippers combined an eFG% of 60.8% with 50.0% 3-point shooting. They are undefeated (7-0) this year when registering marks above 55% and 40% in those respective statistics. The Mavericks, on the other hand, are winless (0-4) when allowing opponents to hit those marks.
This loss snaps a three-game winning streak for Dallas, dropping them to 23-17 on the year.
Coming up next, the Clippers square off with the New York Knicks, who are 15-23 on the year. The Mavericks match up against the Phoenix Suns, currently 22-16 this season. The Clippers are 1-0 versus New York this season. The Mavericks have a 0-1 record against Phoenix this season.
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