Why the Mavs lost: After a slow start, Los Angeles Clippers point guard Chris Paul went on a tear and personally outscored the Dallas Mavericks, 18-16, in the third quarter Monday night at American Airlines Center.
The performance by Paul was the impetus the Clippers used to fork out a 109-90 lopsided victory over the struggling Mavs, who have dropped their last three games.
Paul had just four of his game-high 27 points in the first half on 2-of-5 shooting. But he was 8-of-9 from the floor with 18 points in the third quarter, which ended with the Clippers ahead, 83-68.
The Mavs, who led 52-50 at intermission, are just 14-18 in the year 2016. And during one stretch in the second half, the Clippers outscored the Mavs 45-12, and went ahead 109-77 with 4:14 remaining in the game.
Key players: Besides the production from Chris Paul, the Clippers got 22 points from J. J. Redick, 15 points from Jamal Crawford, and 10 points from Austin Rivers. Also, Mavs nemesis DeAndre Jordan tallied a season-high 23 points and added 20 rebounds.
Key stat: The Mavs started the game 2-of-3 from 3-point range, and then missed 20 of their last 22 shots from downtown.
Records: Clippers 41-21, Mavs 33-31