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Wednesday, January 18, 2012
At the half: Clippers 52, Mavs 51

By Jeff Caplan

LOS ANGELES -- The Dallas Mavericks thought they caught a break with Chris Paul sitting out a third consecutive game with a hamstring injury. Then they were reminded that Chauncey Billups loves to shoot against them and that Mo Williams can still play in this league.

Williams and Billups combined for 32 points 12-of-18 shooting, including a blistering 7-of-7 from Williams, who hit from just about everywhere on the floor.

The Mavs are hanging in this one, and really had the lead for much of the second quarter, thanks to some high-scoring from one of their guards. Delonte West leads Dallas with 17 points on 6-of-11 shooting.

The Mavs though are stuck in another poor shooting game overall, connecting on just 41.7 percent. But, they've been hot from beyond the arc, hitting 5-of-10 to match the Clippers' five from deep.

Blake Griffin has been held to just six points and DeAndre Jordan has 10 points and rebounds.

Dirk Nowitzki is 4-of-11 from the field for 10 points. Shawn Marion has six points and seven rebounds. Jason Terry is scoreless and took just two shots in the first half.