Tuesday , Feb , 21 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

More home cookin’ as Mavs hold off Clippers

Dallas, TX (Sports Network) – Dirk Nowitzki scored 17 points, pulled down 10
rebounds and came up with a huge block in the final seconds, as the Dallas
Mavericks slipped past the Los Angeles Clippers, 93-91, at American Airlines
Center.

Josh Howard led all scorers with 23 points and Adrian Griffin tallied 13
points for the Mavericks, who have won 16 of their last 17 contests. Howard
shot a stellar 9-of-11 from the floor, and grabbed seven rebounds to extend
the Mavericks’ home winning streak to 12 games.

Elton Brand paced the Clippers with 20 points, as all five Los Angeles
starters scored in double figures. Following a four-game winning streak, the
Clippers have now lost four straight, and five of their last six.

The Mavericks had an 81-73 advantage heading into the final quarter, but
recently acquired forward Vladimir Radmanovic capped a 7-0 run for the
Clippers by hitting a three-pointer with 1:35 left to pull his team to within
one, 92-91.

Following Griffin’s missed jumper, Brand missed a runner in the lane with 35
seconds to play.

Nowitzki missed a jumper with 14 seconds to play on the ensuing Mavericks
possession, giving the Clippers a chance to take the lead.

With less than seven seconds to play, Nowitzki got a piece of Sam Cassell’s
jumper, as Howard picked off the deflection and was sent to the line. Howard
proceeded to miss both free throws, but Jerry Stackhouse was able to coral the
loose ball with 1.2 seconds left and draw a foul.

After a Stackhouse free throw, the Clippers had one final chance to tie or
win, but Shaun Livingston’s inbounds pass sailed over the head of Brand,
sealing the Clippers’ fate.

The Mavericks enjoyed their largest lead of the first half on a Howard bucket,
to give them a 31-23 edge with under two minutes left in the first quarter.

The Clippers got to within one at, 49-48, following a Chris Kaman field goal
with under four minutes left in the first half. Kaman scored 13 of his 15
points in the first half. The Mavericks scored six of the final eight points
in half to lead 55-50 at the break.

Dallas won the game despite scoring only 12 fourth quarter points.

Game Notes

Brand tied a career high with four steals…Cuttino Mobley scored 18 points
for the Clippers, while Cassell scored 17…The Clippers have lost 13 of their
last 15 at Dallas…The Clippers shot 42.9 percent from beyond the arc, while
Dallas was a dismal 12.5 percent.

DAL LAC