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Clippers Avoid Upset, Beat Mavericks 99-93

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The Clippers overcame a slow first three quarters with a +9 final period and 5 Matt Barnes threes that gave them a narrow victory over the struggling Dallas Mavericks.

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Phew.

That was close.

The Clippers were down by 10, 75-65, with a little over a minute left in the third. It was looking pretty grim there for a minute, but we've seen this before this season. Lethargy has been a trend in the Clippers' losses, but tonight they managed to spark a run to come all the way back and win a close game.

Some notes:

  • Player of the Game: Matt Barnes had tremendous game shooting the basketball tonight, even though he can't shoot a lick. Wait, he can? Barnes was 5-8 from three tonight and 7-11 total. He had 19 points, 7 rebounds, and 3 blocks.
  • Big Men Turnovers: Part of the reason the Clippers had a bad night today was their inability to get shots off. They just kept on turning the ball over, and it's hard to score when you aren't shooting. Blake Griffin had 6 turnovers, DeAndre Jordan had 5, and even Ronny Turiaf had 2 more. Those three players had as many turnovers as the whole Dallas team combined.
  • Three Point Shooting: In the Clippers loss in Denver last week, they only shot 17% from deep. The next night in Oakland? 27%. Tonight, however, the Clippers made ten threes on almost 42% and that was the difference.
  • Darren Collison?: The UCLA product had what has to have been one of his best games of the season tonight, with 22 points, 6 assists, and 4 rebounds on 9-15 shooting. He even only had two turnovers. On the year, he's only averaging 12.6 points, 5 assists, and 2.8 rebounds on 47% shooting with 2.4 turnovers a game. 22 points is good for his second-highest scoring night of the season.
  • Double-Doubles: Even though Blake Griffin had a bad night overall, he had a good game rebounding the ball with 13 boards to go with his 15 points. Chris Paul had a much more impressive night, with 19 points and a season-high 16 assists. Paul also chipped in 5 rebounds and 2 steals while shooting an impressive 8-13 from the field.
  • Rebounding: The Clippers won the rebounding battle 47-34. Not bad for a team that only averages 42 boards a game and only wins the battle on the glass by an average of 1.5 a night.
  • Home Streak: That's now 13 straight home wins at Staples Center for the Clippers, further extending a franchise record. I wonder what's the franchise record for most franchise record set in one year?
  • Next Game: The Clippers have two days off before taking on Orlando in a matinee game (12:30 Pacific) on Saturday. Thread is at 12:15 PST
  • Number One Again: With tonight's win, the Clippers moved back into sole possession of first place with their 28-8 record not even a full percent ahead of Oklahoma City's 27-8. The mission now is to keep winning and hope for some Thunder losses.