Chris Paul/Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Clippers
– After stumbling against the Atlanta Hawks on Saturday at Staples Center, one had to wonder how the Clippers would do on the road in a hostile environment in Dallas. No problem. Down 52-50 at halftime, the Clippers outscored the Mavericks 33-16 in the third quarter to take control.
– There was more hate directed DeAndre Jordan’s way as Dallas fans no doubt still haven’t forgiven Jordan for snubbing the Mavericks over the summer, to re-sign with the Clippers. Jordan scored 23 points, pulled down 20 rebounds, made two steals and blocked two shots. He also made 11 of 19 from the free-throw line. That’s 57.9 percent. Jordan’s season percentage is 43.2.
– Chris Paul had himself a game. He scored 27 points, 18 of those coming during the third quarter. He outscored Dallas all by himself in that quarter as the Mavericks scored only 16 points. Paul shot 8 of 9 in the quarter, 12 of 18 overall. He also had seven assists and three steals and committed just one turnover in 28 minutes.
– The Clippers (41-21) helped hold the Mavericks (33-31) to 37 percent shooting overall, just 16 percent (4 of 25) from 3-point range. Of the Dallas starters, only Dirk Nowitzki shot fairly well. He shot 9 of 19 overall, but was 0 of 4 from beyond the arc. He finished with 22 points.
– On the down side – Paul Pierce (1 of 5), Jeff Green (0 of 5) and Wes Johnson (1 of 6) shot a combined 2 of 16. That’s not to mention Jamal Crawford took 15 shots – making only five – to score his 15 points.