Chauncey Billups hit a 3-pointer with one second remaining to give Los Angeles a thrilling two-point win over the defending-champion Mavericks at Staples Center Wednesday night.
With the win, the Clippers (8-4) got victories in two of their three back-to-back-to-back games, beating New Jersey on Monday, before losing badly to Utah yesterday and winning today.
The Clippers led by five with less than a minute to go but Jason Terry’s 3-pointer got the Mavericks (8-7) to within two points with 36.7 left. Billups then missed a 12-foot jumper after a timeout and after a timeout, DeAndre Jordan and Dirk Nowitzki got tangled up with the ball, which resulted in a jump ball situation. Jordan then controlled the tip, which went to Billups, but Jason Kidd tied him up and the ball went out of bounds, last touching Billups.
Dallas then inbounded the ball and got it to Terry, who again hit a 28-foot, 3-pointer wth five seconds left to put Dallas up 89-88.
The Clippers then had one last possession to win the game.
Billups, threw the inbounds pass to Griffin, who gave it right back and the wide-open, 14-year veteran hit the trey, which put Los Angeles up two with a second left. (The shot was first thought to be a two-pointer, then determined to be a three.)
With a second left, Dallas got the ball in its end of the court, got the inbounds pass, under the basket, but missed the last-second shot as time expired.
Mo Williams, who returned to the lineup after being injured and playing for Chris Paul who is also injured, scored 26 points in his first game back. Griffin finished with 14 points, 17 rebounds and seven assists, Jordan scored 19 and grabbed nine boards and Billups finished the game with 21 points.
Delonte West and Nowitzki each had 17 points for Dallas, Ian Mahnimi scored 13 and Terry and Shawn Marion each had 12.
Jason Terry hit a 3-pointer with 36.7 to get Dallas to within two points and after a jump ball