The Clippers got more than they bargained for from the Mavericks on Friday night, bumbling out of the gates as the boys from Texas got the better of them, 113-107, at Staples Center, snapping an eight-game home winning streak for Los Angeles.
Dallas started to pull away in the fourth quarter, but after they built a 109-97 lead with 2:51 remaining the Clippers made a late push. A 10-0 run in 85 seconds pulled Los Angeles within two, but behind strong play from Dirk Nowitzki, the Mavericks survived to pull a half-game ahead of the Grizzlies and Suns for the seventh spot in the Western Conference playoff chase.
Nowitzki scored 26 points on 10-of-18 shooting, adding 11 rebounds, two steals, an assist and a block. Monta Ellis scored 12 points and added nine assists and four rebounds.
For the Clippers, Blake Griffin dropped a triple-double of 25 points, 11 assists and 10 rebounds, including blowing by Nowitzki for an easy two.
Thunder 106, Spurs 94
The San Antonio Spurs wanted to grab their 20th-straight win on the season, pushing their way into NBA history as only the sixth team to have ever done so. Oklahoma City had other ideas. A huge third quarter push saw the Thunder amass a double-digit lead as Oklahoma City took care of things at home.
Kevin Durant led the way for the Thunder with 28 points, adding seven rebounds and three assists. Russell Westbrook looked to be his old self, grabbing 27 points on 10-of-20 shooting, with six assists and four rebounds. Patty Mills was the leading scorer for San Antonio, pouring in 21 points, including 5-of-7 shooting from beyond the arc, in just 24 minutes off the bench.