Why the Mavs won: After Tuesday’s flop in New Orleans, the Mavericks were determined to show they were a much better team than they showed during that 15-point loss to the Pelicans. The Mavs played Wednesday night like a playoff berth was at stake and they wound up beating the Los Angeles Clippers 118-108 with a solid effort on both ends of the floor.
Key players: Dirk Nowitzki was red-hot as he converted 11-of-14 shots while finishing with a season-high 31 points and 11 rebounds. Wesley Matthews also tallied a season-high 25 points on 9-of-13 shooting..
Key stat: The Mavericks shot a season-high 55.3 percent from the field.
Records: Clippers 5-3, Mavs 4-4