NBA Game Summary - Dallas at LA Clippers
(Monday, April 12th)
Final Score: Dallas 117, LA Clippers 94
Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) - Dirk Nowitzki scored 25 points and the Dallas Mavericks moved to the brink of securing the No. 2 overall seed in the Western Conference after throttling the Los Angeles Clippers, 117-94, at Staples Center.
Jason Kidd added 12 points and 12 assists, while Shawn Marion, who missed the previous three games with a strained left oblique, scored 21 for the Mavericks.
Dallas is a game ahead of Denver for the No. 2 spot in the conference. The Nuggets beat Memphis Monday and will conclude the season Tuesday at Phoenix. Dallas, winners of four straight and seven of nine, will finish the regular season at home vs. San Antonio on Wednesday. The Mavs finished with the Western Conference's best road mark at 27-14.
Utah and Phoenix, who play each other on Wednesday, are 1 1/2 games behind the Mavs.
"This was a depleted team we played tonight," Mavs coach Rick Carlisle said. "Dirk is playing great, offensively and defensively. We're going to need everyone playing great in the playoffs."
Chris Kaman had 17 points to pace the Clippers, who lost for the eighth time in nine games. The Clippers were without Baron Davis (wrist), Eric Gordon (viral infection) and Drew Gooden (coach's decision).
"We couldn't match up with them," Clippers coach Kim Hughes said. "We're just not going to win a shootout."
Nowitzki and Marion combined for 25 first-half points on 12-of-16 shooting as the Mavs took a commanding 64-43 lead into the break and never looked back.
Rodrigue Beaubois finished off an alley-oop jam off a feed from Kidd for a 14-4 lead. The margin reached 16 later in the quarter, but LA was within 37-26 after 12 minutes.
Dallas led by double digits the entire second quarter and went ahead by 33 in the closing seconds of the third on Jason Terry's three-pointer. The advantage reached as high as 37 in the fourth.
The Mavs have won six straight games over the Clippers, who will finish their season against their co-tenants at Staples Center, the LA Lakers, on Wednesday...Mavericks swingman Caron Butler didn't play due to a strained right hip flexor...DeAndre Jordan had 10 points and 13 rebounds for the Clippers.
04/13 01:17:35 ET