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Barnes also helped the Mavs on the offensive end with his typical 21 point performance on 9-18 shooting.
DeMar DeRozan scored 40 points - doing that back-to-back for the first time in his career - and the Raptors clamped down defensively in the final three quarters to beat the Miami Heat 101-84 in the NBA Thursday night. DeAndre Jordan tallied his 34th double-double of the season, while Austin Rivers led all reserves with 13 points, including eight in the third quarter. He and Griffin, however, were each responsible for four of the Clippers' 18 turnovers.
Barea, who is so generously listed at six feet tall and 185 pounds, was ejected from the game, which Dallas held on to win 97-95.
Los Angeles enters play with a 6-4 record over its last 10 games but is just 4-6 against the spread during that stretch. Head coach Doc Rivers acknowledged as much in Dallas. "We're going to give this a look". That was the last time L.A. scratched in Dallas. Seth Curry countered with a jumper, before Barnes scored the go-ahead basket after a Chris Paul turnover to give the Mavs the lead for good, 96-95, with 1:08 to play.
The Mavericks were hardly hot themselves. Blake salvaged his statline with a solid fourth quarter, leading the Clippers with 21 points overall, but required 23 field goal attempts to get there.
An entertaining National Basketball Association game got more fun in the third quarter Thursday night with a little shoving match between the littlest guy on the court and one of the biggest.
The Dallas Mavericks are now 3.5 games behind the Denver Nuggets for the eighth spot in the Western Conference.
As Griffin turned his shoulder, he revealed the ball for only an instant.
The changes, though, proved to be plenty effective for the Mavs. "That was great execution, and it was a 3, would have been a game-winner". His impressive play in a Mavs uniform continues to excite the Mavs' front office who may have found their new starting center for years to come, something the mavs have sorely needed since Tyson Chandler's departure.
Welcoming in the high-octane Los Angeles Clippers on Friday, the Mavericks tried to quickly make amends for Wednesday's lopsided loss.
Curry took matters from there with a timely three-pointer from the wing, putting the Mavericks up 61-56 to force an L.A. timeout with 7:50 left in the period. "I can only guess that he's going to be drinking through a straw for a long, long time, so our thoughts and prayers go out to Blake and his family".