Mavericks are no match for Clippers

DALLAS -- Maybe the Dallas Mavericks should have stayed home Monday night and watched the NCAA men's title game.

After all, the Mavs played like their minds and bodies were somewhere else during their embarrassing 94-75 loss to the Los Angeles Clippers.

The Clippers walked into American Airlines Center and acted like they owned the place. And the Mavs were very hospitable hosts.

The visitors did whatever they wanted to do, whenever they wanted to do it. And the Mavs just stood by innocently.

"Sometimes you just get your [butt] kicked that bad," Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle said. "We were poor; there are no excuses.

"Guys being out, any of that kind of stuff. All of that stuff rings hollow."

This wasn't the way the Mavs (30-24) wanted to open a three-game homestand against a Clippers team (32-21) that was one spot ahead of them in the Western Conference standings. But the way this one played out, these teams didn't seem all that close to one another.

Randy Foye tied a Clippers franchise record by converting eight 3-pointers, including four in the third quarter when LA led by as much as 64-43. Foye wound up with 28 points, making 8-of-15 on 3s.

"I was waiting for somebody to knock him down, do something," Carlisle said. "We just didn't do it and really that's 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 it's on the head coach."

The victory was the sixth in a row for the Clips -- their longest winning streak since March 18-31, 1992.

Meanwhile, the Mavs mysteriously suffered the mother of all meltdowns. They shot just 39 percent from the floor, were outrebounded 49-38 and got outscored on fastbreak points by 16-2.

Playing without point guard Jason Kidd (strained right groin) and forward Lamar Odom (stomach illness), Dallas didn't resemble the team that rallied from a 15-point deficit to win at Orlando on Friday.

That team must be still in Florida, because the one that showed up Monday night looked like imposters to the sellout crowd of 20,479.

"We were poor in virtually every area of the game," Carlisle said. "I'm going to look at the film before I gauge the effort."

Dirk Nowitzki (19 points) and Jason Terry (15) were the only Dallas scorers in double figures.

Blake Griffin had 15 points and Caron Butler 13 for LA, and Chris Paul had 10 assists.

In snapping a 10-game losing streak in Dallas, the Clippers won here for the first time since April 19, 2006. The Mavs, meanwhile, have to regroup in time for Wednesday's home game against a Memphis Grizzlies squad that's a half game ahead of them in the West.

The Mavericks got out of the gate slow, falling behind 25-17 in a first quarter that included Griffin dunking over Delonte West.

Dallas wound up trailing 47-33 at the half -- its second-lowest output in a half this season.

It got worse when Foye heated up in the third quarter.

"When you stink, you stink," Carlisle said. "And we've got to bounce back."

Dwain Price, 817-390-7760

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