Los Angeles Clippers
MVP: J.J. Redick sunk six first-half threes and finished the game with 33 points on only 14 shots. His seventh and final made three shortened the Mavs lead to 127-126 with 34 seconds left.
X factor: Matt Barnes scored a season-high 25 points off the bench on an out-of-character 18 shots. He also pulled down seven boards and provided valuable off-ball movement and cutting when Dallas double-teamed Blake Griffin for most of the game.
That was … a swing set: No one knew where that game was going. The Clippers held a 100-91 lead only to see the Mavericks reel off a 32-6 run. But L.A. followed that up with a 23-6 run to close the game and seal the win.
— Fred Katz
Tweet(s) of the Night
Loud. Then quiet. Then grumpy. Then fed up. Then loud. Then very loud. Like a newborn. RT @thedeleonfam1: how loud was the staples tonight?
— Andrew Han (@andrewthehan) January 16, 2014
The Depth Charge
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Check Your Messages
I’m not quite sure how he does it. Every time the Clippers seem to be down or out, Doc Rivers pulls some sort of rabbit out of his hat – and it always seems to come in the form of a play call out of a timeout.
This time, with the Clippers trailing 127-123 and with only 40.8 seconds left, J.J. Redick inbounded the ball to Jamal Crawford, who dribbled right to find a screen from Blake Griffin. But as soon as Griffin set the screen for Crawford, he sprinted to the right side of the court, where Redick patiently waited, and set one more quick screen on Monta Ellis as Redick cut toward the top of the key. It wasn’t a perfect screen. Griffin wasn’t in the perfect place. But it was good enough.
Off his cut, Redick fielded a pass from Crawford and sunk a three to make it a one-point game.
It was more Doc magic, running a play for the hottest guy on the floor who just happened to be guarded by an offensive-first Monta Ellis. Doc knew both Griffin screens wouldn’t have to be executed to perfection, but he knew Blake was one of the only power forwards in the NBA (maybe the only one?) fast enough to pull off getting from point A to point B as quickly as he did. He wanted to make the most important possession of the game depend on Monta making a defensive play. It was defensive isolation, Ellis Island. It was the perfect call.
– Fred Katz
Somebody buy a lottery ticket
According to win probability calculator, Inpredictable, when down 17 points with 4:35 remaining in the game, just before Blake Griffin was fouled, the Clippers had a 0.0 percent chance of winning. That rose to 0.1 percent after Griffin sank two free throws.
Just for context, the miracle in Memphis? The three Nick Young corner 3-pointers? With 11:37 remaining, down 24, the Clippers had a 0.3 percent chance of winning that game.
Game 1 of the 2011-12 Playoffs may resonate louder because it was the postseason, but this game in January was somehow three times more improbable. And it rang plenty loud inside of Staples.
– Andrew Han
@JCrossover Decodes The Matrix
With 20 seconds left and the Clippers down 127-126, Crawford — defended by Marion at the top of the key — isolated the Mavs’ best one-on-one defender and drove right. He jump-stopped, pump-faked and drew a controversial foul call on Marion with 11 seconds remaining. Crawford sank both free throws, giving the Clippers a 128-127 lead and the victory.
After being on the beneficial end of a few controversial calls recently, the Mavs’ luck caught up to them.
– Jovan Buha at ESPN Dallas
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