The crowd at American Airlines Center chanted derisively at DeAndre Jordan as the Dallas Mavericks went on an 8-0 run over the final minute of the fourth quarter to beat the Clippers, 118-108.
Wednesday’s game marked the first time that Jordan played on the Mavericks’ court after he snubbed their organization by reneging on a verbal committment to join the team in July.
With 1 minute 5 seconds left and the Mavericks up by two points, Dirk Nowitzki banked in a three-pointer to give his team 113-108 lead. Chris Paul then committed a critical turnover on the Clippers’ next possession. The Mavericks went on to make five free throws in the remaining seconds, while the Clippers were held scoreless for the final 82 seconds.
The Mavericks outshot the Clippers from the field, 55.3% to 43%. The teams combined to make 23 three-pointers, the Clippers converting 12 of them. The Mavericks had 14 turnovers, the Clippers 10.
After looking dead in the water, the Clippers used a 12-0 run at the end of the third quarter and beginning of the fourth to cut the Mavericks’ lead to two points, 84-82, with about 11 minutes left. It was a close game the rest of the way until the Clippers’ collapse in the final minute and a half.
Blake Griffin led the Clippers with 21 points and nine rebounds. Austin Rivers had 16 points off the bench. Jordan finished with nine points and 11 rebounds, and he made only three of nine free throws as the Mavericks used the Hack-A-Jordan strategy.
Nowitzki had a game-high 31 points and 11 rebounds for the Mavericks. Deron Williams had 25 points, six rebounds and three assists.
When the teams met earlier in the season, the Clippers beat the Mavericks, 104-88, in their home opener Oct. 29.
J.J. Redick missed the second half of the game for the Clippers because of lower back spasms. The Mavericks were playing without center Javale McGee (left tibial stress fracture).
The Clippers, who dropped to 5-3, play the Suns in Phoenix on Thursday.