Clippers rally past Mavs 119-112 after Paul hurt

Published on NewsOK Modified: January 3, 2014 at 11:22 pm •  Published: January 3, 2014
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DALLAS (AP) — DeAndre Jordan and Blake Griffin found a way to win without Chris Paul.

The big men for the Los Angeles Clippers are going to have to keep it up because their star guard will be out at least a few weeks.

Jordan scored a career-high 25 points to match Griffin, and the Clippers rallied to beat the Dallas Mavericks 119-112 Friday night after losing Paul when he separated his right, shooting shoulder.

Jordan and Griffin combined for 10 points on a 16-2 game-closing run to wipe out a 110-103 deficit in the final 4 minutes. Jordan was 11 of 14 from the field and had 18 rebounds, while Griffin added 15 boards.

Then they found out that Paul, who had 19 points at halftime, will be out three to five weeks.

Coach Doc Rivers said Paul could be out longer and will go to Los Angeles for evaluation while the Clippers head to San Antonio to face the defending Western Conference champion Spurs on Saturday night.

"It changes for everybody," said Darren Collison, who figures to start in Paul's place and had a season-high 22 points in his first game against the Mavericks after playing one season in Dallas. "Everybody's got to step up and play big. But we'll be fine."

Dirk Nowitzki was a game-time decision with a sprained left ankle but hit six of his first seven shots and had 14 points at halftime on his way to 24 for the Mavericks, who were up 13 in the first half and didn't trail until the third quarter.

After Shawn Marion put the Mavericks up 110-103, Griffin had an alley-oop dunk on an assist from Jordan, and Jordan followed with a three-point play.

Nowitzki broke a 110-all tie with a jumper, but Griffin sent the Clippers back in front for good on a three-point play. He was 11 of 13 on free throws.

"They've got those two big guys and I know it's a load, but we've got to do a better job," said Dallas guard Monta Ellis, who had 13 points and nine assists. "That was a tough one."

The Mavericks missed six of their last seven shots and had two late turnovers, including one when Ellis dribbled off himself with Jordan guarding him and the Clippers up 115-112.

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