For about 17:30 in the second half, the Dallas Mavericks played sensational basketball, and were well on their way to one of their more impressive wins of season.
With a 123-106 lead at the 4:35 mark of the final quarter, the Los Angeles Clippers stormed back and defeated the Mavs 129-127 on Jan. 15.
The Mavericks shot 50 percent and scored 62 points in the first half; great stats, but their defense allowed 72 points and 57 percent shooting from the Clippers in the first half; horrible stats.
Dallas had its eyes set on a fourth straight victory, but LA ended on a 23-4 run to get its own four-game winning streak.
Dirk Nowitzki scored 27 points, but didn’t score in the final 8:57, missing his final four shots in the last 2:36.
Monta Ellis added 13 points and a season-high 13 assists, while Samuel Dalembert scored a season-high 20 points, but the Clippers got the best of the Mavericks for the second straight meeting.
The Clippers defeated the Mavs 119-112 in their previous meeting, by finishing the game on a 16-2 run in the final 3:50. If you count both games, the Clippers have outscored the Mavs 39-6 in the final 8:25.
Dallas was down 100-91 late in the third, but finished on a 7-0 spurt. The Mavs bumped up their streak to 32-6 to lead 123-106.
J.J Redick scored a career-high 33, while Matt Barnes, Blake Griffin, and Jamal Crawford added 25, 23, and 16 respectively.
The Mavs outscored the Clippers 60-40 in the paint, and outrebounded them 47-38, with both teams shooting at least 50 percent.
Down 127-118, Barnes hit a 3-pointer and Nowitzki fouled Crawford on a 3-point attempt. Crawford made two of three free throws, pulling the Clippers to 127-123 with 1:10 to play. Crawford would go on to hit the go-ahead free throws to give the Clippers a 128-127 lead with 11 seconds left.
Dallas had numerous times to increase the lead, but had three bad possessions in a row. First, Ellis took a contested shot with 16 seconds left on the shot clock. Dirk followed that up with a shot over DeAndre Jordan with 14 seconds left on the shot clock.
The Mavericks had one final chance to take the lead, but elected to shoot a 3-pointer instead of taking it inside. Jose Calderon missed the shot with 3.3 seconds remaining.
The Mavs started the fourth quarter by shooting 11-of-15, but missed their final six shots.
Dallas will head to Phoenix to face the Suns on Jan. 17. Both teams are tied for 7th in the West. Dallas is 23-17, 9-11 on the road this season. The Mavs will then return home before a three-game road trip.