Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 1/10/13
LOS ANGELES -- Reserve Matt Barnes scored 19 points to help lift the Los Angeles Clippers to a 99-93 win over the visiting Dallas Mavericks on Wednesday night at Staples Center. The Clippers have won three straight games after a two-game losing slide that followed their team-best 17-game winning streak, and Wednesday they did it with the same blueprint that delivered them such early-season success. Barnes hit five 3-pointers to boost the Los Angeles effort, which lagged a bit as the starters struggled. The Clippers' starting five had just 56 points -- including 19 for Chris Paul and 15 for Blake Griffin -- but the Barnes-led bench outscored Dallas' reserves, 43-19. Los Angeles' starting unit may not have lit up the scoreboard themselves but it contributed in other ways. Paul had 16 assists with just three turnovers and added five rebounds. Griffin chipped in 13 rebounds and three steals and Caron Butler had two crucial offensive rebounds in the game's final minute to go along with 11 points. After leading for the entire first half, at one point claiming a nine-point advantage, the Clippers found themselves trailing 75-65 after a 25-10 run by the Mavericks (13-23) midway through the third quarter. Dallas shot 53 percent from the field in the third while holding the Clippers (28-8) to just 36 percent shooting. Los Angeles, though, responded with a 27-10 run of its own to reclaim the momentum midway through the fourth quarter. That Dallas was still in the game in the first half was a credit to Darren Collison. The fourth-year guard out of nearby UCLA had 15 points in the second quarter on 6-of-8 shooting as his teammates went 3 for 13. Collison finished with 22 points to lead Dallas, which had four starters in double-figures. O.J. Mayo had 17 points and Dirk Nowitzki had 15 on just 5-of-13 shooting in his third start this season after scoring 20 in each of the first two. NOTES: The Mavericks signed veteran free-agent guard Mike James to a 10-day contract on Jan. 8 to fill their roster at 15 after releasing Chris Douglas-Roberts on Jan. 6. James, who most recently played for the Texas Legends of the NBA D-League, has averaged 10.4 points and 2.6 assists in his 10-year NBA career. ... The Clippers won the teams' only other matchup this season, defeating Dallas 112-90 on Dec. 5, 2012. Crawford, who has led Los Angeles in scoring most of the year, had 20 against the Mavericks in the win. He had 11 points on Wednesday night after missing two games with a sore foot. ... The Clippers and Mavericks rank fourth and fifth, respectively, in fast-break points per game. ... It took Los Angeles just 35 games to hit the 27-win mark -- the Clippers previous best was 43 games, in 1974-75. They needed 48 games to reach 27 wins last season.
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