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Clippers beat Mavs 112-90 for 4th straight win

Published on NewsOK Modified: December 6, 2012 at 1:26 am •  Published: December 6, 2012
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"I don't think it was rubbing it in," Carter said. "'It wasn't anything that was done maliciously. The plays were there for them."

The Mavs never managed a late run against a team they had won nine of their previous 12 against in Los Angeles.

"We tried to make a run there, but we weren't able to get stops when we needed to," Marion said.

The Clippers built their second-largest lead of 22 points early in the third. Fisher, who signed with the Mavs last week, keyed a 15-5 run with three 3-pointers, reminiscent of his big shots while helping the Lakers win multiple NBA titles.

"I'm just looking forward to be as helpful as possible with this team," Fisher said. "There's a lot of young guys, but we do have some potential."

But the Mavs couldn't muster another sustained run the rest of the period and trailed 83-68 going into the fourth.

Dallas opened the second quarter on a 9-0 run, including seven by Carter that drew them within two points. But the Clippers responded with an offensive flurry, going on a 26-8 run to stretch their lead to 18 points. The spurt was punctuated by a variety of dunks from Jordan and Griffin, and three consecutive 3-pointers, two by Crawford.

Crawford made one more 3-pointer off Griffin's pass to keep Los Angeles ahead 60-42 at halftime.

The Clippers led by 11 points in the opening quarter, when they shot 50 percent and held the Mavs to 36 percent shooting.

Notes: F Dirk Nowitzki is on the Mavs' trip to LA, Phoenix and Houston, but still not close to playing games. He's been out all season after arthroscopic right knee surgery and watched the game from the bench. ... Crawford made three free throws, extending his streak to 51 straight since Nov. 3. ... Clippers G Chauncey Billups missed the game because of tendinitis in his left foot. ... The Clippers' run of 10 turnovers or less in their last three games ended when they committed 18 miscues. ... Singer Tamia, wife of Clippers F Grant Hill, scored a Grammy nomination for best R&B album. "If she wins, she'll go straight to diva," he joked.