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1. Paul looked like a man possessed: He had that slightly crazed look in his eye and played like he was on a mission, outscoring the Mavericks, 18-16, in the third quarter. Paul was angry after having sat out the final 5:48 of the second quarter after picking up his third foul, but he more than made up for the lost time by playing every second of the third quarter.
“We are very fortunate we get to witness greatness on pretty much a nightly basis,” Clippers shooting guard
3. The Clippers' defense is a menace when it wants to be: The Clippers went on a scoring spree from late in the third quarter until the middle of the fourth, outscoring the Mavericks, 45-12. The most impressive part was holding Dallas to only a handful of points over that stretch. "When you get stops and we got in transition," Clippers Coach Doc Rivers said, "we got into our pick-and-roll game and didn't allow them to set up their defense."
4. The Mavericks are a mess: They missed 17 consecutive three-pointers at one point, and their problems seemed to transcend playing on the second night of a back-to-back situation after an overtime loss in Denver on Sunday. They also recently lost to Sacramento, and their playoff picture gets bleaker by the day. It almost feels as though the Mavericks are destined for the seventh or eighth seeding and a first-round sweep. Things just continue to get worse for the franchise that has won only four playoff games since its stunning run to the 2011
5. Can the Clippers beat Oklahoma City for the second time in seven days? They needed a crazy comeback to beat the