Five things to take from Clippers’ 98-91 victory over Mavericks

The Clippers' Blake Griffin, left, passes the ball against the Dallas Mavericks at Staples Center on Sunday.         
Stephen Carr - Staff Photographer

Blake Griffin passes the ball during the Clippers’ 98-91 victory over the Dallas Mavericks on Sunday at Staples Center/Staff photo by Stephen Carr


– It’s interesting to note that the Clippers won this game while shooting a horrendous 40.5 percent (15 of 37) from the free-throw line. Not surprisingly, DeAndre Jordan had a lot to do with that as he was just 6 of 23. Almost shockingly, Jamal Crawford was just 4 of 7. He’s shooting 90.4 percent this season.

Chris Paul shot poorly in this one, making just 2 of 10 from the field, 0 of 4 from 3-point range in just over 35 minutes. He did dole out 11 assists and committed zero turnovers, so he was able to help while not having a good offensive game. He scored just five points.

Blake Griffin started very slowly, making just two of his first 11 shots. But Griffin shot 5 of 7 in the second half to finish with 17 points on 7 of 18 from the field. He also had 11 rebounds and seven assists in his best game since returning from a 45-game absence. He played 33 minutes and 18 seconds, his longest stint since in four games since coming back. He also had two steals and four turnovers.

Jamal Crawford had another nice game. The 36-year-old sixth-man scored a game-high 22 points on 7 of 13 shooting – 4 of 6 from beyond the arc.

– The most proficient offensive performance of the night came from shooting guard J.J. Redick. He scored 20 points while making 8 of 10 from the field and all four of his shots from distance. Redick is now shooting a league-best 47.5 percent (197 of 415) from 3-point range.