The Los Angeles Clippers waited until the final quarter to drive a stake through the Mavericks' hearts, 109-103, on Thursday night. Dallas thought they had the game in-hand late, but an efficient Chris Paul and a late-game spinning layup from Blake Griffin saw the Clippers battle their way back from a 10-point deficit to eke out the win at the American Airlines Center.
Chris Paul sets a totally normal screen.
The Mavericks needed the win at home badly, as the recent surge by the Grizzlies has the boys from Texas on the outside looking in for the final spot in the playoffs. Unfortunately, they couldn't get the job done as Paul dropped 31 points to go along with nine assists, four rebounds and three steals. DeAndre Jordan added 16 points and 15 rebounds while Griffin dropped 18 points, 13 rebounds and four assists. Dirk Nowitzki had 21 points on 7-of-15 shooting, adding nine rebounds and three assists. Vince Carter added 23 points off the bench.
Houston Rockets 120, Philadelphia 76ers 98
The Rockets dominated the 76ers from the start, and this game was lost before the third quarter was even over. Houston got out on the break early as the Sixers relied on James Anderson to score the bulk of their points. The game brought Philadelphia their 26th-straight loss of the season, tying them with the record set by the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2010-2011. They play the Pistons on Saturday with a chance to
set the record at 27 break their two-month long losing streak.
James Harden led the way for Houston with a triple-double of 26 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists. Dwight Howard had a game-high 13 rebounds to go along with 17 points. For Philadelphia, Anderson led all scorers with 30 points, including six made three-pointers. Michael Carter-Williams had 10 assists and just four points in the loss.
Milwaukee Bucks 108, Los Angeles Lakers 105
Los Angeles gave the Bucks a bit of a scare in the final minutes of the fourth quarter, but allowed several open shots and a pass to Zaza Pachulia with 10 seconds left for an uncontested layup that sealed their fate. Milwaukee stopped an eight-game losing streak as the Lakers lost on the road to the team with the worst record in the NBA.
Brandon Knight poured in 30 points on 12-of-21 shooting for the Bucks, adding three assists and a block. Ramon Sessions added 22 points, five assists and three rebounds. For the Lakers, Jordan Hill had a double-double, dropping 28 points and 16 rebounds. Nick Young added 17 points, three assists, two rebounds and two steals off the bench
Portland Trail Blazers 100, Atlanta Hawks 85
The Trail Blazers got a much needed win as LaMarcus Aldridge returned to the lineup for the Portland in Atlanta on Thursday night. Rip City was feeling the heat from below as they had already lost nine games in the month of March and have yet to clinch a spot in the Western Conference playoffs.
Clippers knock off the Mavericks. Dallas now in 9th place, 3 games behind the Blazers with 9 games left.— Erik Gundersen (@blazerbanter) March 28, 2014
Aldridge dominated in his first game back, grabbing 25 points on 9-of-21 shooting, adding 16 rebounds, two assists, a steal and a block. Damian Lillard had 21 points, six rebounds and four assists. Mo Williams had 11 assists off the bench. Jeff Teague was the only Hawk to score more than 16 points, grabbing 22 points to go along with three rebounds and two assists.