DeAndre Jordan/Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Clippers
– In a game where the Clippers were not terrific on defense – the Mavericks shot 55.3 percent overall, 45.8 from beyond the arc – it was still surprising to see the Clippers outscored 14-2 over the last three minutes.
– DeAndre Jordan, the now-hated one in Dallas – didn’t seem to be affected much by all the boos and nasty signs held up by fans still peeved at him reneging on his verbal agreement to sign with Dallas over the summer before changing his mind to re-sign with the Clippers. He had nine points and 11 rebounds. His numbers would have been higher, but he sat for a lengthy spell with four fouls. After one dunk, Jordan screamed toward his bench and, perhaps, to the jeering crowd.
– J.J. Redick got off to a hot start, making a couple of 3-point baskets. But he went to the locker room with about two minutes left in the first half and did not return because of back spasms. That hurt the Clippers, to be sure. Redick scored 10 points but appeared to be on his way to many more.
– Chris Paul had 11 points on just 2 of 11 shooting. He was both poked and smacked in the eye in Monday’s win over Memphis, so perhaps that was the issue.
– The Mavericks are a much tougher team to beat when Dirk Nowitzki is on his game. He was really on in this one as he scored a game-high 31 points on 11 of 14 from the field – 5 of 6 from 3-point range. He also grabbed 11 rebounds.