Rapid Reaction: Clippers 109, Mavs 103
March, 27, 2014
By Arash Markazi | ESPNLosAngeles.com
DALLAS -- After having the worst shooting performance in team history Wednesday night, Chris Paul stood in front of his locker room and simply shrugged his shoulders.
He know his 0-for-12 shooting night was a big reason the Los Angeles Clippers lost to the New Orleans Pelicans, but he also knew he was getting ready to board a flight to play the Dallas Mavericks on Thursday.
Paul wasted no time getting right back on track, hitting a 3-pointer to start the game and scoring eight points in the opening quarter of the Clippers' 109-103 comeback win over the Mavericks. Paul finished with 31 points on 9-of-18 shooting and 4-of-8 from beyond the arc and had nine assists in the win.
How it happened: The Mavericks controlled much of the game, leading by as many as 12 points and taking an 11-point lead in the fourth quarter before the Clippers mounted a comeback. It was the Clippers' third comeback win over the Mavericks this season. In each win, the Clippers have come back from double-digit deficits.
What it means: After playing poorly in their previous four games and going 2-2 in that stretch, this was a big road win for the Clippers against a playoff team they might see down the road. After coming off an embarrassing performance against the New Orleans Pelicans, the Clippers responded with one of their most gutsy road wins of the season and stayed a game in front of the Houston Rockets for the No. 3 seed in the Western Conference playoffs.
Hits: Paul followed up the worst game of his career with a 31-point, nine-assist performance and hit some clutch shots in the fourth quarter. Blake Griffin's streak of scoring at least 20 points was snapped at 30 games, but he finished with 18 points and 13 rebounds, and scored 14 of his points in the second half. DeAndre Jordan had 16 points and 15 rebounds, and Jamal Crawford scored 14 points off the bench.
Misses: Danny Granger and Glen Davis are still getting acclimated to being on the team, but both struggled on Thursday night and Granger suffered a strained left hamstring in the second half. The duo combined for only four points on 2-of-6 shooting with three rebounds.
Stat of the game: The Clippers made 11-of-26 from beyond the arc. The Clippers have lost only once this season (on Wednesday) when hitting more than nine 3-pointers.
Up next: The Clippers travel to Houston, where they will take on the Rockets on Saturday. The Clippers have defeated the Rockets in their previous three meetings, but the Rockets are only one game behind the Clippers for the No. 3 seed in the Western Conference.