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Thursday, March 27th (All times Eastern)

Los Angeles Clippers (50-22) at Dallas Mavericks (43-29), 8:30 p.m.

(SportsNetwork.com) - There should be no shortage of points when the Los Angeles Clippers and Dallas Mavericks engage in battle Thursday evening from American Airlines Center.

The Clippers lead the NBA with 107.4 points per game and the Mavericks are eighth thanks to a 105.0 ppg clip.

Los Angeles failed to reach 100 points the last time out in a 98-96 loss at New Orleans Wednesday. Blake Griffin scored 21 points and pulled down eight rebounds, while Jamal Crawford did the best he could off the bench with a game-high 31 points.

Crawford made 7-of-15 3-pointers, but missed on a desperation heave to win it at the buzzer.

"I wanted to see better execution. We didn't execute the play, but the game didn't come down to the final play. I really thought they deserved the win. I felt like that all game," Clippers coach Doc Rivers said.

The Clippers are 2-2 in their last four games after ripping off 11 wins in a row. They opened a five-game trip in the loss to the Pelicans and are winless in the past two games as the visitor. Los Angeles will also visit Houston, Minnesota and Phoenix, and has a 19-17 road record.

L.A. is third in the West -- just one game ahead of the Rockets.

Griffin, meanwhile, has scored 20 or more points in each of the past 30 games and is averaging 27.0 points and 9.1 rebounds in that stretch.

Dallas is even with Phoenix for the final postseason spot in the West, but is also just two games out of the fifth spot (Portland).

The Mavericks improved to 3-2 on their franchise-high eight-game homestand with Tuesday's 128-119 overtime victory versus the Oklahoma City Thunder. The Mavs had an early 15-7 lead, but the Thunder later went ahead by nine at 57-48 late in the first half. Dallas then evened the score on 3-pointers from Jose Calderon and Vince Carter.

Oklahoma City had a 73-67 advantage in the third quarter and carried an 94-89 edge into the fourth. Calderon buried a big 3-pointer to send the game into overtime at 111-111 and the Mavs took over in the extra period, posting a 17-8 difference to win for the seventh time in 10 games.

Dirk Nowitzki scored 32 points on 11-of-23 shooting and added 10 rebounds, six assists and four steals to the stat sheet. Nowitzki netted eight points in the fourth quarter and seven in overtime.

"He played great, he played great. He carried us. His emotion and his attitude carried the team," Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle said about Nowitzki.

Calderon scored 22 points, Monta Ellis netted 17 and Carter chipped in 16 points for Dallas, which made 50 percent from the field and has scored 100- plus points in each of the last four games. The Mavs also forced 21 turnovers.

The Mavs are 24-12 in Big D and still have Sacramento and Golden State scheduled to visit.

Dallas is 0-2 against the Clippers this season and will visit Los Angeles April 3. The Clippers have won five of the last six matchups with Dallas, but are only 2-11 in the past 13 trips to Big D.

03/27 10:37:17 ET

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Final
UNC 66
BUT 74
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ECU 73
HAW 75
Final
DUKE 93
FUR 54
Final
CHA 97
POR 105
 
Final
NCSU 84
RICH 72
 
3rd
FLA 1
CAR 0
 
Final
PHI 91
BRK 99
 
Final
ORL 96
GSW 111
 
Final
CHA 97
POR 105
 
Final
CLE 113
WAS 87
 
4th
DET 91
LAC 98
 
4th
DAL 76
NYK 79
 
4th
ATL 99
TOR 107
 
3rd
MIN 66
MIL 68
 
3rd
HOU 73
SAC 66
 
3rd
OKC 68
UTA 58
 
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SAN 50
IND 55
 
2nd
PHO 39
DEN 37
 
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UNC 66
BUT 74
Final
FRES 64
MAR 68
Final
CHAT 61
RMU 46
Final
EMICH 68
ROCH 35
 
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MRGST 51
LIB 50
 
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HAMP 60
AMER 64
 
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BEL 78
DEN 57
Final
UMASS 79
NE 54
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JMU 79
SHU 72
 
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KNST 84
SAMF 71
 
Final
ECU 73
HAW 75
Final
CHAM 60
MIZZ 74
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CCAR 61
LAMON 48
Final
OKLA 75
UCLA 65
Final
ELON 65
UNF 72
 
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UWMIL 66
ORU 69
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WCU 66
CHIST 61
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DUKE 93
FUR 54
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BYU 85
PURD 87
 
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EVAN 79
USF 72
 
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COL 71
GTDNS 75
 
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VERM 73
BRY 47
 
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OSU 91
CAMP 64
 
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LOU 45
CLST 33
 
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UCF 69
DAVID 95
 
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IONA 126
DELST 76
 
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OU 78
UGST 83
 
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TOWS 97
GOUCHER 43
 
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ND 81
GRAM 54
 
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YALE 82
LAF 60
 
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GWU 91
LONG 66
 
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VT 78
UMO 63
 
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WAKE 83
MNTER 49
 
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NAVY 67
PSUHARRIS 42
 
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NCSU 84
RICH 72
 
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MINN 61
STJ 70
 
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JVU 69
TRINBAPT 57
 
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YOUNG 66
UMKC 63
 
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UAB 43
WISC 72
 
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CORN 67
CAN 60
 
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WVU 103
VMI 72
 
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DEP 57
LEH 69
 
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UNT 59
MVSU 46
 
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MARS 59
MORE 67
 
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TCU 61
RAD 38
 
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SELA 79
TENT 65
 
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SMU 65
TXSOU 49
 
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UTAH 69
TXPA 40
 
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LMU 50
UCR 42
 
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UNCA 52
 
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SD 73
WAYNEST 60
 
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PITT 49
KYST 41
 
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UWGB 32
FLGC 22
 
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IOWA 43
NILL 29
 
1st
ORST 30
AUB 30
 
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MONT 21
CARROLLMT 14
 
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SUTAH 30
EKENT 30
 
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NMST 24
FAM 13
 
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WYO 25
STET 11
 
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EWASH 32
NKENTUCKY 17
 
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IDST 25
WLVRN 25
 
1st
GEOR 6
UF 9
 
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1st OT
NYI 2
WAS 2
 
Final
BUF 1
WIN 2
 
3rd
FLA 1
CAR 0
 
3rd
TAM 3
NYR 2
 
3rd
DET 4
PHI 1
 
3rd
PIT 3
TOR 3
 
2nd Intermission
MIN 0
LOS 4
 
1st Intermission
COL 0
CHI 0
 
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