One of the keys to the Clippers’ success in this game was how they handled Dirk Nowitzki. From the beginning, the Clippers made it very clear that they were not going to let Nowitzki dictate the down-low game. Nowitzki was silent most of the game, only scoring 4 of his 5 shots in the fourth quarter.
The Clippers did play sloppy, giving up 21 turnovers that resulted in 23 points for the Mavs. This is something the Clippers have been battling with all season and need to be conscientious of if they hope to be successful down the homestretch.
For the Clippers, Chris Paul and Matt Barnes both ended the game with 19 points, with Paul contributing 16 assists and Barnes pulling down 7 rebounds. Blake Griffin followed with 15 points and 13 rebounds.
For the Mavs, Darren Collison led the team with 22 points and 6 assists. O. J. Mayo followed with 17 points, and Nowitzki ended with 15 points and 6 rebounds.
The Clippers take on the Orlando Magic on on Saturday afternoon at home, hoping to further their at-home winning streak and maintain their top-of-the-NBA record.