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Five takeaways from the Clippers' 115-98 victory over the Mavericks

Five takeaways from the Clippers' 115-98 victory over the Mavericks

Blake Griffin was gone but the Clippers were back Monday night at American Airlines Center. The team that had gone missing in action even before its star forward was lost because of a staph infection in his right elbow looked whole again during a 115-98 victory over the Dallas Mavericks. Here are five takeaways from the game: 1. This was a win the Clippers sorely needed: They had just lost their leading scorer for a minimum of three weeks, not to mention a season-high four consecutive games. The Clippers needed a win to prevent the panic that Coach Doc Rivers said was swirling only outside the locker room from seeping into its inner confines. They got there by playing team basketball,...

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