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Mavericks Recap: Dirk Nowitzki leads Mavericks over DeAndre Jordan’s Clippers

Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki (41) and guard Wesley Matthews (23) block out Clippers center DeAndre Jordan (6) in the fourth period. The Mavericks beat the Clippers 118-108 in Dallas.
Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki (41) and guard Wesley Matthews (23) block out Clippers center DeAndre Jordan (6) in the fourth period. The Mavericks beat the Clippers 118-108 in Dallas. Star-Telegram

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

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