The Dallas Mavericks scraped through the second half of a back to back beating the Los Angeles Clippers 93-86. Both teams played without some of their stars as the Mavs rested injured Dirk Nowitzki and Jerry Stackhouse, while the Clippers didn’t suit up Elton Brand and Tim Thomas. The Clippers played a two man show between Corey Maggette and rookie Al Thornton all night, closing to within three in the final minutes. However, game–ending injuries to Clippers center Chris Kaman and guard Cuttino Mobley eventually caught up to the Clippers, and Josh Howard put the game out of reach with a couple of clutch jumpers pushing the lead back to 11 with less than two minutes to play.
The Mavs don’t have much time to relish this win, as they must prepare to host Golden State on Wednesday. The win gives the Mavericks sole possession of seventh place in the Western Conference.
I would have liked to have blogged more, but have been rendered impotent by a lack of locker room access.