At the half: Mavs 55, Clippers 47
The Mavs are shooting 57.9 percent and Shawn Marion and Brendan Haywood have done a bunch of damage with 10 points each. Dirk Nowitzki has eight points on 2-of-3 shooting and is strangely 4-of-7 from the free throw line.
Caron Butler leads the Clippers with 13 points, nine coming in first on three 3s. Blake Griffin has 12 points on 4-of-5 shooting. Chris Paul has five points and six assists.
Vince Carter has seven points and has abused his smaller counterpart, Randy Foye, throwing down a reverse jam off a baseline drive late in the second quarter.
The Mavs are indeed the older team, but the Clippers are playing the final game of a long six-game road trip. Will they have the legs to run away from Dallas? Or can the Mavs expand the lead with more strong offense that has yielded a 28-16 advantage in the paint?
Also of note, the Mavs have just five turnovers.
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