It’s been a rough trip to Los Angeles for the defending champion Dallas Mavericks.
For the second time in three days, Dallas was beaten on a last-second three-pointer from an opposing aging point guard.
After Derek Fisher’s heroics saved the Lakers on Monday, Wednesday, it was Chauncey Billups’ turn.
A Jason Terry three-pointer with five seconds remaining put L.A. in a one-point hole before Billups, on the ensuing possession, drilled a 25-footer of his own with one second left on the clock.He scored 21 points, including 5-11 from three-point range.
Point guard Chris Paul missed his third consecutive game as he continues to nurse a strained left hamstring. Randy Foye once again started in his place, and contributed five points, six assists and four steals in 29 minutes.
The real hero on the night for L.A. was Mo Williams, playing in his first game since last Wednesday’s win over the Heat after injuring his foot. He made his first seven shots off-the-bench, and finished with a game-high 26 points on 11-15 shooting.
The teams’ respective “star” players, Dirk Nowitzki and Blake Griffin, were held in check offensively, shooting a combined 12-33 from the floor. Nowitzki led the Mavericks with 17 points, Griffin finished with 14.
Dallas clearly misses Tyson Chandler in the middle, who signed with the New York Knicks during the offseason after helping the Mavs to their first ever championship last season. DeAndre Jordan took full advantage, scoring a season-high 19 points to go along with nine boards.
Caron Butler, playing for the first time against his former team, struggled tremendously, shooting just 1-12 from the floor and scoring two points in 36 minutes.
This was the first win for the Clippers over the Mavericks in the last 10 games, and they had also lost 16 of the last 17 meetings between the teams.
The Clips finished the first back-to-back-to-back of the season 2-1, with wins over the Nets and Mavericks with a blowout loss to Utah sandwiched in between.
The defending champs have already endured a fair amount of heartbreak this season, losing for the third time on a last-second three-pointer. OKC’s Kevin Durant dealt the first blow with a fade-away, buzzer-beating triple back on December 29.
From here, Dallas (8-7) will travel to Salt Lake City to take on the Jazz Thursday night.
The Clippers will host another young, upstart team, the Minnesota Timberwolves, Friday evening at Staples Center.
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Written by Taylor Smith
Taylor Smith is a writer for the Los Angeles Clippers.