It was the
Then something unexpected happened, at least if you used the team's three previous meetings this season as a script. And it wasn't good for the Clippers.
Dallas actually held on this time, emerging with a 113-107 victory Thursday night at
Of course, given the teams involved, there was nothing easy about it.
The Mavericks led by 12 points with less than three minutes to go before the Clippers did their comeback thing, pulling to within 109-107 with 1 minute 26 seconds left on a layup by Darren Collison.
The Clippers got the ball back, but
"We ran out of miracles," Clippers Coach
Rivers said Redick came off the bench for the first time this season because he was going to played limited minutes initially upon his return.
A quick recap of the Clippers' previous rallies — or Mavericks' meltdowns, depending on your affiliation — might make for risky reading for the faint of heart.
The Clippers came back from 10 points down in the fourth quarter in their most recent meeting March 27. They had trailed by seven with four minutes left Jan. 3 before ending the game on a 16-2 run. Then there was the especially epic rally Jan. 15, when the Clippers obliterated a 17-point deficit with about five minutes left.
The Clippers got off to a low-energy start Thursday, not all that surprising considering they were playing for the second time in 24 hours. They continually neglected to box out, giving up easy putbacks and layups in falling behind by 11 points early in the second quarter.
The Clippers couldn't replicate their comeback recipe one more time.
"We just ran out of time tonight," said Clippers point guard