Dallas Mavericks

Dallas Mavericks vs. Los Angeles Clippers NBA recap, Dec. 23, 2016

It was a play the Dallas Mavericks had run countless times, although seemingly always for veteran Dirk Nowitzki.

This time the call went to forward Harrison Barnes and the emerging star delivered, hitting a tough 10-foot floating jumper with 3.7 seconds left Friday night to give the Mavs a 90-88 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers.

“[Nowitzki] reminds be frequently that he wrote the playbook,” Barnes said.

The jumper provided the last of Barnes’ team-high 24 points. Nowitzki, returning to play in the first half after missing 14 consecutive games with a strained right Achilles’ tendon, added 17 points and Wesley Matthews 16 for Dallas.

The Clippers (22-9) were playing without both their stars, Chris Paul (hamstring) and Blake Griffin (knee).

Their bench stepped up for the second consecutive night, outscoring the Mavericks’ reserves 54-21. They outscored the Spurs’ bench Thursday 58-33.

What killed us, honestly, wasn’t [Barnes], it was the 20 turnovers and the offensive rebounds.

Clippers coach Doc Rivers

But the Clippers were done in by turnovers (20 to Dallas’ 12), the Mavericks controlling the offensive boards (14 to six) and the inability of center DeAndre Jordan to convert from the free throw line.

“What killed us, honestly, wasn’t [Barnes], it was the 20 turnovers and the offensive rebounds,” said Clippers coach Doc Rivers.

“We tried to do too much with the ball tonight.”

With the score tied at 80 with 27.4 seconds left, Jordan missed a layup but was fouled. A 55 percent free-throw shooter on the season, he missed both opportunities to set up Barnes for his first game-winning shot as a Maverick. He spent his first four seasons with the Golden State Warriors.

“It felt good,” Barnes said. “It means a lot when the coaches and players trust you to take that shot.”

4 Games out of eighth place, the last playoff spot, the Mavericks are in the loss column with a 9-21 record, tied for last in the Western Conference. The Mavs have to jump six teams to get to eighth, however.

The 6-foot-8 Barnes, 24, is averaging a career-high 20.4 points.

Led by reserve Jamal Crawford’s 26 points, the Clippers led for most of the night but could not come up with the big play at the end.

“We can’t have 20 turnovers ever,” Jordan said. “We can’t do that. It’s just about getting back to our defense, limiting teams to one shot and not giving them 14 offensive rebounds.”

TIP-INS

Mavericks: Dallas coach Rick Carlisle said guard J.J. Barea had an MRI that confirmed a mild left leg strain and only expects him to miss a short period. … Nowitzki has missed 22 games overall.

Clippers: Raymond Felton started in place of Paul (left hamstring strain), who is hopeful he can return for their next game Sunday. … Paul Pierce started his third consecutive game for Blake Griffin (knee surgery).

UP NEXT

Mavericks: Travel to New Orleans on Monday to meet the Pelicans. Dallas has won 13 of their last 16 meetings.

Clippers: Will be the designated visiting team when they meet the Lakers on Sunday on Christmas. The Clippers have won their last 11 games against their city rivals.

MAVERICKS 90, CLIPPERS 88

Dallas

21

29

18

22

90

L.A. Clippers

24

27

21

16

88

Dallas

Min

FG-A

FT-A

R

F

Pt

Barnes

38:22

11-19

2-3

6

1

24

Finney-Smith

29:59

0-8

0-0

6

2

0

Nowitzki

14:39

7-12

1-1

4

2

17

Matthews

39:42

6-16

3-6

6

3

16

Williams

34:53

5-16

0-0

5

2

12

Curry

24:54

1-4

0-0

1

0

3

Mejri

21:11

1-1

3-5

8

0

5

Powell

17:30

2-3

0-0

4

0

4

Harris

11:44

2-4

0-0

1

2

4

J.Anderson

7:06

2-4

0-0

1

2

5

Totals

240

37-87

9-15

42

14

90

Percentages: FG .425, FT .600. 3-Point Goals: 7-29, .241 (Nowitzki 2-3, Williams 2-5, J.Anderson 1-2, Curry 1-2, Matthews 1-8, Harris 0-1, Barnes 0-2, Finney-Smith 0-6). Team Rebounds: 10. Team Turnovers: 12 (6 PTS). Blocked Shots: 4 (Barnes, Harris, Matthews, Mejri). Turnovers: 12 (Williams 4, Barnes 3, Harris 2, Mejri, Nowitzki, Powell). Steals: 13 (Curry 3, Matthews 3, Powell 3, Finney-Smith 2, Barnes, Williams).

L.A. Clippers

Min

FG-A

FT-A

R

F

Pt

Mbah a Moute

37:31

2-5

1-1

6

3

5

Pierce

10:41

1-2

0-0

3

1

3

Jordan

33:45

3-7

1-4

17

3

7

Felton

34:12

3-11

1-1

4

2

8

Redick

30:03

4-10

1-2

3

3

11

Crawford

29:52

10-16

3-3

1

0

26

Rivers

28:53

6-13

0-0

0

3

16

Speights

14:15

4-7

0-0

4

1

10

A.Anderson

8:22

0-1

0-0

0

0

0

Bass

7:45

1-2

0-0

3

0

2

W.Johnson

4:41

0-0

0-0

0

0

0

Totals

240

34-74

7-11

41

16

88

Percentages: FG .459, FT .636. 3-Point Goals: 13-29, .448 (Rivers 4-6, Crawford 3-5, Speights 2-3, Redick 2-7, Pierce 1-2, Felton 1-3, A.Anderson 0-1, Mbah a Moute 0-2). Team Rebounds: 7. Team Turnovers: 20 (20 PTS). Blocked Shots: 4 (Jordan 2, Mbah a Moute 2). Turnovers: 20 (Redick 5, Crawford 4, Jordan 4, Rivers 3, Felton 2, A.Anderson, Pierce). Steals: 9 (Mbah a Moute 3, Rivers 2, Felton, Jordan, Speights, W.Johnson). Technical Fouls: Jordan, 2:54 second.

Att.—19,060 (19,060). T—2:15. Officials—Derrick Stafford, Pat Fraher, Mitchell Ervin

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