Randy Foye leads Clippers to sixth win in a row
DALLAS -- Right after Randy Foye made his Clippers-record-tying eighth three-pointer in the fourth quarter, and Dallas called a timeout because Foye had responded yet again to a small Mavericks run, DeAndre Jordan and Blake Griffin ran onto the court and grabbed their smiling teammate.
They all had reasons to smile because Foye’s historic Monday night, on which he scored a season-high 28 points, pushed the Clippers to a 94-75 victory over the Dallas Mavericks at American Airlines Center.
Foye was eight for 15 from three-point range, his makes tying the franchise record set by Quentin Richardson on Feb. 4, 2004, at Boston.
“I’m just being aggressive,” Foye said. “That was my main thing, just to come and be aggressive.”
Because Foye was so aggressive, because he was 10 for 19 from the field, the Clippers won their sixth consecutive game and won the three-game season series over the Mavericks, 2-1.
That’s their longest winning streak since March 18-31, 1992. Since moving to Los Angeles in 1984, the Clippers now have had just four winning streaks of six games or more.
Foye did most of his damage in the third quarter.
He was five for eight from the field, four for seven from three-point range.
He had 14 points in the third when the Clippers blew the game open by going up by 21 points.
“There’s no point in tying the record,” Paul joked as Foye walked by on his way to the shower. “You might as well break it.
“No, Randy has been shooting the ball great lately. And I think the other thing is we’ve got a lot of confidence in him.”
When the Mavericks pulled to within 14 points in the fourth quarter, Foye made a three-pointer for a 79-62 lead.
When the Mavericks made one last push and pulled to within 15 in the fourth, Foye made another three-pointer for an 82-64 Clippers lead, leading to a Mavericks timeout with 6 minutes 44 seconds left and to Griffin’s and Jordan’s high-fiving Foye.
The Mavericks were playing without Jason Kidd (strained right groin) and Lamar Odom (flu), but Dallas Coach Rick Carlisle still was upset that his team allowed Foye to get so open.
“I was waiting for somebody to knock him down, do something,” Carlisle said. “We just didn’t do it, and that’s really on me. If we’re not aware and if we’re not going to be physical with a guy that gets it going like that, then that’s on the head coach.”
The Clippers snapped a three-game road losing streak.
They also stopped a streak of 10 losses to the Mavericks in Dallas.
And in the process, the Clippers pulled to within one game of the Lakers for third place in the Western Conference and knocked the Mavericks into sixth.
“It’s a good game because it kind of helps us in the West standings,” said Griffin, who had 15 points and 16 rebounds. “At the same time, just because we won like this doesn’t mean if we had to come back, it would be a wrap. They’re a tough team. They’re a veteran team and they were missing some guys. So we’ve just got keep on working, keep on plugging.”
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