Lob City was alive and well Wednesday night at Staples Center.
Led by Jamal Crawford’s 20 points, along with Blake Griffin’s 19 points and 13 rebounds, the L.A. Clippers cruised to their fourth-straight win with a 112-90 beatdown of the struggling Dallas Mavericks.
The Clippers got off to a hot start in outscoring the Mavericks 29-18 after the first quarter, and never looked back. They finished with eight dunks as a team; every one of which was of the highlight-reel variety.
Chris Kaman scored 14 and added six boards in his first game at Staples against the Clippers since being traded from Los Angeles to New Orleans last December. Vince Carter led the team with 16 off-the-bench, and the newest Maverick, former Laker Derek Fisher, chipped-in with 15 of his own.
In his first game against Dallas since essentially being kicked off the team last season, Lamar Odom scored four and added a season-high 11 rebounds.
The Clippers shot a blistering 50 percent from the field, and forced Dallas into committing 22 turnovers, leading to 26 L.A. points.
L.A. dictated the pace throughout, using their athleticism and quickness to their advantage.
O.J. Mayo, the Mavs’ leading scorer, was held to just 11 points, and he missed all four of his three-point attempts.
Dallas made a mini-surge in the third quarter, led by the hot outside shooting of Fisher, but were never able to get closer than to within 12 points of the Clips from that point forward.
Chris Paul, DeAndre Jordan, Caron Butler and Matt Barnes were the other four Clippers to score in double-figures.
Los Angeles improved to 12-6 on the season, while the Mavs dropped to 8-10, and just 2-7 away from American Airlines Center. It was their fourth loss in five games.
From here, Dallas travels to Phoenix to take on the Suns Thursday night, before the Suns head over to Staples Center to face the Clippers on Saturday.
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Written by Taylor Smith
Taylor Smith is a writer for the Los Angeles Clippers, and covers the Los Angeles Dodgers for ProSportsBlogging.com.