Regular Season Series (Game 2 of 4)

Series starts 1/26

Game 1: Saturday, January 26th
Game 2: Tuesday, January 29th
Game 3: Saturday, February 16th
Game 4: Thursday, April 4th

Clippers 117

(23-23, 4-15 away)

Mavericks 100


    Coverage: FSSW

    7:00 PM ET, January 29, 2002

    American Airlines Center, Dallas, TX

    1 2 3 4 T
    LAC 22 27 33 35117
    DAL 22 30 29 19100

    Top Performers

    LAC: J. McInnis 31 Pts, 3 Reb, 8 Ast, 2 Stl

    Dal: D. Nowitzki 22 Pts, 5 Reb, 3 Ast, 1 Blk

    Clippers' rare road win snaps Mavs' seven-game streak

    DALLAS (AP) -- The Dallas Mavericks were welcoming back team leader Michael Finley from the longest absence of his career and his running buddies, Dirk Nowitzki and Steve Nash, were stepping onto the court hours after being selected All-Stars.

    None of it mattered.

    High-rising youngster Darius Miles helped the Clippers get a rare road win.

    Jeff McInnis scored a season-high 31 points, including three straight 3-pointers in the closing minutes, as the Los Angeles Clippers beat Dallas 117-100 Tuesday night and ended the Mavericks' seven-game winning streak.

    The Clippers avenged a 133-112 loss to Dallas last week and rebounded from an overtime loss in Memphis the night before. This was only their fourth win in 19 road games and it came on the second game of a seven-game road trip, their longest of the season.

    "I just think we're growing as a team," Los Angeles coach Alvin Gentry said. "After playing these guys a few days ago and giving up 133 points, to come back and win by 17 and hold them to 33 points less, it's a great win for our guys.

    "The biggest thing about the win is that I think it shows everyone that we are headed in the right direction and our young guys are getting better."

    The Clippers, who had lost 12 straight to Dallas, led 104-100 with 3:58 left, then scored the final 13 points. McInnis had the first eight and Darius Miles the last five, including a 3-pointer with 1.6 seconds left while the Mavericks stood with slumped shoulders and sagging faces.

    Dallas had won 20 of 23, and Finley was coming back after spending 11 games on the injured list with a strained hamstring. Nowitzki and Nash stepped up so much in his absence that both were selected All-Star reserves early Tuesday.

    But Finley sat out the final 11 minutes, Nowitzki went more than two quarters without scoring and Nash went scoreless in the fourth quarter after putting up 13 in the third.

    Nash and Nowitzki each scored 22. Finley had 14 points in 29 minutes and at times seemed as explosive as ever.

    "I didn't get as winded as I thought I'd be," he said.

    Mavericks coach Don Nelson said he might have been too cautious with Finley by leaving him on the bench down the stretch.

    "You can say we should've given Mike a try. I wouldn't argue," Nelson said.

    McInnis had only seven points at halftime, then scored 11 points in the third quarter and 13 in the fourth. He fell two shy of his career high in points. He also had eight assists.

    "We came out with an attitude that we're going to beat them," he said. "I can see the confidence in the guys right now."

    The Mavericks led by nine in the second quarter, but the Clippers attacked the lane in the third and kept pounding away in the fourth.

    An 11-2 run early in the final period gave them a 93-87 lead. The first of McInnis' late 3-pointers made it 104-95, then Nowitzki scored five straight points. But the Mavericks wouldn't score again.

    "It wasn't the best game we played, but we're not going to undefeated the rest of the year," said Nowitzki, who had 22 points. "We just have to move on."

    Elton Brand had 23 points and 10 rebounds, and Corey Maggette had 15 points and a season-high 11 rebounds. McInnis, who fell two points shy of his career high, had eight assists.

    Miles and Quentin Richardson each scored 15.

    Dallas' Juwan Howard had 14 points and nine rebounds and Adrian Griffin had seven points and 10 rebounds. Tim Hardaway scored 13, but his first nine came in a flurry during the second quarter, all on 3-pointers. He missed his next five 3s.

    "It's tough to beat a team twice in a row," Nash said. "They came after us and caused us some problems."

    Game notes
    Mavericks owner Mark Cuban, an outspoken and often-fined critic of NBA officials, will be a referee during the first quarter of the Harlem Globetrotters game against the New York Nationals at the American Airlines Center on Friday. ... Clippers center Michael Olowakandi was called for traveling on consecutive possessions in the first quarter. ... Rookie guard Charlie Bell went on the injured list to open the roster spot for Finley. ... Richardson, who tied franchise record by going 7-for-11 on 3-pointers in the previous Dallas game, went 1-for-4 on 3s. ... When the Mavericks won big over the Clippers last week, five players scored at least 19 points. Only Nowitzki and Nash did this time.

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 117 100
    FGM-FGA 43-82 (.524) 41-90 (.456)
    3PM-3PA 10-18 (.556) 7-17 (.412)
    FTM-FTA 21-25 (.840) 11-13 (.846)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 11-45 11-39
    Assists 28 18
    Turnovers 17 11
    Steals 7 7
    Blocks 8 5
    Fast Break Points 19 12
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 17 (0/0) 19 (2/0)

    Top Performers

    Los Angeles
    Jeff McInnis McInnis
    Points: 31
    Reb: 3
    Ast: 8
    Stl: 2
    Blk: 0
    Dirk Nowitzki Nowitzki
    Points: 22
    Reb: 5
    Ast: 3
    Stl: 0
    Blk: 1