Clippers at Mavericks
7:30 p.m. Friday, American Airlines Center, Dallas
Radio: ESPN/103.3 FM, ESPN Deportes 1540 AM (Spanish)
Records: Clippers 42-23, Mavericks 41-25
About the Clippers: The Clippers won at Oklahoma City on Wednesday 120-108. Chris Paul (33 points, nine assists) led the way, but got plenty of support from J.J. Redick (25 points), Matt Barnes (22 points, 6-of-7 3-pointers) and DeAndre Jordan (18 points, 17 rebounds). … The Clippers have won five of their past seven games. … Blake Griffin has missed the past 14 games after surgery to remove a staph infection from his right elbow. … The Clippers defeated the Mavericks in LA 120-100 on Jan. 10 behind 22 points, seven rebounds and six assists from Griffin. … On Feb. 9 in Dallas, Jordan picked up 22 points and hustled for a career-high 27 rebounds in a 115-98 victory over the Mavs.
About the Mavericks: The hope for Dallas is that Game 2 of this season-long five-game homestand ends much better than the homestand opener, which was a disaster. The Mavericks were embarrassed Tuesday night by Cleveland 127-94 in their worst loss of the season. It also was the Mavs’ worst lost in 172 games — since they were hammered at Houston 136-103 on March 3, 2013. … The Mavs are 18-13 in games Rajon Rondo has played in and 4-4 in the games with Amar’e Stoudemire on the court. … Seeded seventh in the West, the Mavs are only four games in the loss column ahead of eighth-seeded New Orleans, and four games in the loss column ahead of ninth-seeded Oklahoma City. — Dwain Price