Regular Season Series (Game 2 of 4)

Series starts 12/10

Game 1: Wednesday, December 10th
Game 2: Saturday, December 20th
Game 3: Tuesday, February 24th
Game 4: Sunday, March 14th

Clippers 115

(11-12, 3-7 away)

Mavericks 105


    Coverage: FSPI

    7:30 PM ET, December 20, 2003

    American Airlines Center, Dallas, TX

    1 2 3 4 T
    LAC 31 30 30 24115
    DAL 32 22 28 23105

    Top Performers

    Los Angeles: E. Brand 22 Pts, 20 Reb, 6 Ast, 1 Stl, 3 Blk

    Dallas: A. Jamison 26 Pts, 9 Reb, 1 Ast, 2 Blk

    Mavs lose third straight

    DALLAS (AP) -- The Los Angeles Clippers are turning things around against the Dallas Mavericks.

    Corey Maggette scored 26 points and Quentin Richardson had 25 points and 13 rebounds as the Clippers beat the Mavericks for the second time in as many meetings this season, 115-105 on Saturday night.

    Elton Brand had 22 points and a season-high 20 rebounds for the Clippers, who had won only three of their previous 21 meetings with the Mavericks before this season.

    "It was a great win for us," Clippers coach Mike Dunleavy said. "They are a great team at home and very efficient, averaging 108 points per game. Our guys worked hard and defended well."

    Antawn Jamison had 26 points to match his season high, Dirk Nowitzki scored 23 and Steve Nash added 20 points and 11 assists for the Mavericks, who dropped to 12-2 at home. They lost their third straight game -- their longest skid this season.

    "We've been through situations like this before and figured out what we had to do," Jamison said. "A lot of guys in this room have a chip on their shoulder. We've got too much talent. This should never happen."

    The Mavericks slipped to 15-11. At the same point last season, they were 22-4.

    Dallas rallied from an 18-point third-quarter deficit, pulling as close as 103-99 with 4:15 left on Nowitzki's 3-point play.

    But Bobby Simmons hit a free throw, Nowitzki turned the ball over on a bad pass, and Richardson converted a layup with 3:10 remaining to give the Clippers a 106-99 edge.

    Consecutive baskets by Brand, the second with 1:47 left, extended the Clippers' lead to 110-101, and Dallas was unable to get closer than seven.

    The Clippers, beaten at Houston 99-85 on Friday night, took a 61-54 halftime lead behind Maggette's 13 points.

    Dallas got 17 first-half points from Jamison on 8-of-12 shooting, but the Mavericks had nobody else in double figures.

    The Mavericks held a 30-26 halftime rebounding edge, and Dunleavy took his team to task for that deficit.

    Los Angeles responded with a 19-7 advantage on the boards in the final quarter.

    "Coach told us at halftime we needed to focus on that a little more," Richardson said. "Everybody kind of keyed in and said we had to go in there and rebound."

    The Clippers opened the third quarter with an 18-8 spurt capped by Glen Rice's 3-pointer for an 80-62 advantage.

    Dallas answered with a 14-2 run, hitting seven of nine shots to close within 82-76 on Nash's 3-pointer with 3:10 left in the third quarter.

    The Clippers carried a 91-82 advantage into the final quarter.

    Mavericks coach Don Nelson missed the game due to the flu. Nelson's son and top assistant coach, Donnie, took over bench duties. Donnie Nelson picked up a technical foul with 6:40 left for protesting a call while his team was behind 100-89.

    "That's a good young team we played tonight," the younger Nelson said. "They gave us all we could handle for four quarters. Between Maggette, Brand, Richardson and all their young guys, we couldn't come up with the answer tonight."

    Game notes

    Dallas was without F-G Michael Finley (sprained right big toe) and C Shawn Bradley (back spasms). ... Clippers F Melvin Ely was out with the flu. ... The Clippers have won five of their last six. They snapped a six-game road losing streak. ... Dallas is 2-10 when allowing 100 or more points.

    Copyright by STATS LLC and The Associated Press


    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 115 105
    FGM-FGA 44-93 (.473) 39-90 (.433)
    3PM-3PA 7-20 (.350) 9-23 (.391)
    FTM-FTA 20-26 (.769) 18-29 (.621)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 20-55 21-46
    Assists 25 23
    Turnovers 17 15
    Steals 9 5
    Blocks 8 8
    Fast Break Points 5 9
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 28 (0/0) 24 (1/0)

    Top Performers

    Los Angeles
    Elton Brand Brand
    Points: 22
    Reb: 20
    Ast: 6
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 3
    Antawn Jamison Jamison
    Points: 26
    Reb: 9
    Ast: 1
    Stl: 0
    Blk: 2