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Clippers hang on to defeat Mavericks, snap four-game losing streak – Daily News

Clippers hang on to defeat Mavericks, snap four-game losing streak – Daily News
  • The Clippers’ Danilo Gallinari dunks towards the Dallas Mavericks through the first half of an NBA basketball recreation Thursday, Dec. 20, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photograph/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

  • Dallas Mavericks’ Luka Doncic (77) is defended by Los Angeles Clippers’ Patrick Beverley through the first half of an NBA basketball recreation Thursday, Dec. 20, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photograph/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

  • Dallas Mavericks’ Luka Doncic, left, shoots over Los Angeles Clippers’ Avery Bradley in the course of the first half of an NBA basketball recreation Thursday, Dec. 20, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photograph/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

  • Los Angeles Clippers’ Montrezl Harrell dunks in entrance of Dallas Mavericks’ DeAndre Jordan. proper, and Luka Doncic through the first half of an NBA basketball recreation Thursday, Dec. 20, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photograph/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

  • Los Angeles Clippers’ Danilo Gallinari (eight) dunks in entrance of Dallas Mavericks’ Luka Doncic (77) through the first half of an NBA basketball recreation Thursday, Dec. 20, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photograph/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

  • Dallas Mavericks’ DeAndre Jordan (6) grabs a rebound in the course of the first half of the group’s NBA basketball recreation towards the Los Angeles Clippers on Thursday, Dec. 20, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photograph/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

  • Los Angeles Clippers’ Montrezl Harrell, proper, shoots over Dallas Mavericks’ Harrison Barnes through the first half of an NBA basketball recreation Thursday, Dec. 20, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photograph/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

  • Dallas Mavericks’ DeAndre Jordan palms from the rim after a dunk towards the Los Angeles Clippers through the first half of an NBA basketball recreation Thursday, Dec. 20, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photograph/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

  • Los Angeles Clippers’ Tobias Harris (34) drives previous Dallas Mavericks’ Harrison Barnes in the course of the first half of an NBA basketball recreation Thursday, Dec. 20, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photograph/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

  • Dallas Mavericks ahead Luka Doncic (77) shoots previous Los Angeles Clippers’ Avery Bradley (11) and Montrezl Harrell (5) in the course of the first half of an NBA basketball recreation Thursday, Dec. 20, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photograph/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

  • Dallas Mavericks’ Wesley Matthews, left, passes the ball as Los Angeles Clippers’ Boban Marjanovic defends through the first half of an NBA basketball recreation Thursday, Dec. 20, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photograph/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

  • Los Angeles Clippers’ Lou Williams (23) drives previous Dallas Mavericks’ Harrison Barnes through the first half of an NBA basketball recreation Thursday, Dec. 20, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photograph/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

  • Dallas Mavericks’ Dorian Finney-Smith, middle, is defended by Los Angeles Clippers’ Tyrone Wallace, left, and Montrezl Harrell in the course of the second half of an NBA basketball recreation Thursday, Dec. 20, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photograph/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

  • Los Angeles Clippers’ Montrezl Harrell (5) blocks a shot from Dallas Mavericks’ Jalen Brunson (13) in the course of the second half of an NBA basketball recreation Thursday, Dec. 20, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photograph/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

  • Dallas Mavericks’ Luka Doncic (77) shoots in the course of the second half of the workforce’s NBA basketball recreation towards the Los Angeles Clippers on Thursday, Dec. 20, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photograph/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

  • Dallas Mavericks’ Luka Doncic, left, shoots as Los Angeles Clippers’ Tobias Harris (34) defends in the course of the second half of an NBA basketball recreation Thursday, Dec. 20, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photograph/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

  • Los Angeles Clippers’ Danilo Gallinari (eight) scores on a reverse dunk towards the Dallas Mavericks in the course of the second half of an NBA basketball recreation Thursday, Dec. 20, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photograph/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

  • Los Angeles Clippers’ Lou Williams (23) drives to the basket as Dallas Mavericks’ Salah Mejri (50) defends through the second half of an NBA basketball recreation Thursday, Dec. 20, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photograph/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

  • Los Angeles Clippers’ Danilo Gallinari (eight) dribbles subsequent to Dallas Mavericks’ J.J. Barea in the course of the first half of an NBA basketball recreation Thursday, Dec. 20, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photograph/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

  • Los Angeles Clippers’ Mike Scott, left, shoots over Dallas Mavericks’ J.J. Barea through the first half of an NBA basketball recreation Thursday, Dec. 20, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photograph/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

  • Dallas Mavericks’ Luka Doncic (77) shoots over Los Angeles Clippers’ Marcin Gortat in the course of the second half of an NBA basketball recreation Thursday, Dec. 20, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photograph/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

  • Los Angeles Clippers’ Montrezl Harrell through the first half of an NBA basketball recreation towards the Dallas Mavericks Thursday, Dec. 20, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photograph/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

  • Los Angeles Clippers’ Danilo Gallinari (eight) dribbles subsequent to Dallas Mavericks’ Luka Doncic in the course of the first half of an NBA basketball recreation Thursday, Dec. 20, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photograph/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

  • Dallas Mavericks’ Jalen Brunson (13) shoots subsequent to Los Angeles Clippers’ Shai Gilgeous-Alexander in the course of the second half of an NBA basketball recreation Thursday, Dec. 20, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photograph/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

  • Los Angeles Clippers’ Danilo Gallinari (eight) dribbles subsequent to Dallas Mavericks’ Luka Doncic through the first half of an NBA basketball recreation Thursday, Dec. 20, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photograph/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

  • Dallas Mavericks’ Luka Doncic shoots in the course of the second half of an NBA basketball recreation towards the Los Angeles Clippers Thursday, Dec. 20, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photograph/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

  • Los Angeles Clippers’ Danilo Gallinari (eight) dribbles subsequent to Dallas Mavericks’ Luka Doncic through the first half of an NBA basketball recreation Thursday, Dec. 20, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photograph/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

  • Dallas Mavericks’ Maxi Kleber (42) dunks towards the Los Angeles Clippers through the second half of an NBA basketball recreation Thursday, Dec. 20, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photograph/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

  • Los Angeles Clippers’ Danilo Gallinari (eight) drives to the basket towards the Dallas Mavericks through the second half of an NBA basketball recreation Thursday, Dec. 20, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photograph/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

  • Los Angeles Clippers’ Montrezl Harrell (5) celebrates within the closing minutes of the staff’s 125-121 win over the Dallas Mavericks throughout an NBA basketball recreation Thursday, Dec. 20, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photograph/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

LOS ANGELES — The slow-starting Clippers stayed away Thursday, changed by a rested, more healthy model of the workforce, which accelerated off the beginning line and seemed just like the group that started the season as one of many NBA’s largest surprises.

With a much-needed infusion of Lou Williams, some decided offense from Patrick Beverley and Montrezl Harrell’s highest-scoring first half this season – all coming from the bench – the Clippers lastly didn’t have to claw out of a gap.

They usually managed to hang on after taking an 11-point lead into halftime, defeating the Dallas Mavericks 125-121 at Staples Middle to snap a four-game losing streak.

“It’s good to get a win,” Williams stated. “It stopped the bleeding, because we’ve had a rough stretch of games. Even a couple of those games, we had our opportunities to win, but it was good to get off of it tonight and move forward.”

Williams subbed in on the Three:51 mark of the primary quarter – his first motion since struggling a pulled hamstring early in a Dec. 10 recreation at Phoenix.

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He was raring to hoop: He dished out seven of his eight assists within the first half, when he additionally scored seven factors – three of which got here after he fielded Tyrone Wallace’s scooping save cross close to midcourt, stepped ahead, acquired bumped, sank the Three-pointer and slapped arms with Rivers. He missed the following free-throw try however the Clippers had a 39-30 lead.

Williams completed with 26 factors in 23 minutes, weaving and winding his method by means of Dallas’ protection, sinking floaters and rattling in off-balanced photographs – or discovering his associates.

Throughout an almost six-minute span throughout the third and fourth quarters, Williams was the Clippers’ offense. He scored 18 consecutive factors as his workforce labored to fend off the Mavs.

“Lou was fantastic,” Rivers stated. “Early on his passing was fantastic and then he started the scoring barrage down the stretch. He just gives us a confidence. When you have him on the floor, it’s not necessarily you gotta go to him, but he’s gonna be involved. It gives us a closer at the end of the game.”

As Patrick Beverley put it: “We were fortunate to have Lou Williams tonight.”

Particularly as a result of Dallas went forward 99-98 on a Maximilian Kleber dunk, after which each side exchanged photographs – together with Gallinari’s third Three-pointer of the sport, which tied it at 109.

From then, the Clippers used an 11-2 run to go forward 119-111. Dallas answered with an 11-6 burst, however the Clippers (18-13) made all six of their free-throw makes an attempt down the stretch to clinch the victory and enhance to 10-Four at residence.

At halftime, Danilo Gallinari was the Clippers’ solely starter in double figures (with 13 of his season-high 32 factors), however with 42 from their reserves (together with 14 from an energized Harrell), they went into halftime with a 65-54 benefit over the Mavs (15-15), who fell to 2-12 on the street.

“How we came out of halftime, I thought we lost our pace,” stated Rivers, who was sore however OK after he slipped and fell exhausting onto the courtroom whereas arguing a non-call on the finish of the third quarter. “We finally got it back as the half went on. That’s something, to me, we can’t ever do, but it’s nice to have a cushion. That helped us.”

The Clippers threw their most aggressive defenders, Avery Bradley and Beverley, in addition to Tobias Harris, at Dallas rookie Luka Doncic, who completed with a career-high 32 factors, amongst them a Three-pointer with Three.eight seconds left that reduce it to 123-121.

“He has a complete game,” Gallinari stated of Doncic. “He doesn’t have a lot of weaknesses, and offensively, he doesn’t have a weakness. He plays like a veteran, he plays at that pace where he can read the game very well, he can read the whole defense very well, so he’s very good.”

Stated Rivers, with a smile: “I was sick of him.”

DeAndre Jordan, in his first recreation towards the Clippers at Staples Middle since leaving as a free agent final summer time, had 11 factors – together with swishing two free throws with a few minute left to shut it to 113-110. He additionally grabbed 22 rebounds.

He was honored with a video tribute – and a heat ovation from followers, who numbered 17,528 – throughout a pause in play within the first quarter.

“It was great,” Rivers stated. “The reception, the fans were phenomenal. You knew they would be. Listen, he’s the favorite, he really is. Of all the guys and all the players who have ever put on a Clipper uniform, there’s no more favorite player than D.J. He epitomizes us.”

The Clippers, who have been outrebounded 64-44 within the groups’ earlier assembly, weren’t crushed almost as badly on the boards Thursday. Dallas had the sting, although, 45-40.

“They killed us the last time we played them and that was a focal point,” Rivers stated. “I thought Trezz, Marc (Gortat), Bobi (Marjanovic), all three, really battled D.J. and their bigs. I thought that was big for us.”

Tobias Harris completed with 16 factors, 9 rebounds and 5 assists after carrying a lot of the load in Monday’s defeat with a career-high 39 factors. He gave Clippers followers a scare when he hobbled to the bench grimacing late within the third quarter, however he checked in once more with 7:26 to play.

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