With the absence of an injured Chris Paul (hamstring), the L.A. Clippers still found a way to win Wednesday night as they pulled out an impressive victory against the world champion Dallas Mavericks. Chauncey Billups lived up to his name once again, hitting the game-winning, three-point shot with once second remaining.
Blake Griffin added another double-double game to his resume with 14 points, 17 rebounds and seven assists, the last being to Chauncey for the last-second buzzer-beater.
Mo Williams returned from injury (sore foot) looking well rested, hitting his first seven shots, adding 26 points off the bench. Chris Paul missed his third straight game for the Clippers who have played a tough three games in three days.
Dirk Nowitski and Delonte West both dropped 17 points while Jason Kidd's age looked to be catching up to him as he struggled to find a rhythm early on. Kidd ended up with five points and 10 assists.
Sharp shooter Jason Terry struggled as well, making on two three-point shots, one within the last five seconds.
Blake Griffin looked anything but tired, catching alley-oops and slamming the ball in every opportunity, at times making you forget Chris Paul wasnt playing. Neither team lead by more than six until the third quarter where the Clippers stretched the lead to as much as nine until the Mavericks went on a 14-5 run to end the quarter and tie the game at 71 heading into the fourth quarter.