Earlier this year when the Dallas Mavericks hosted the Los Angeles Clippers, L.A. finished the game on a 16-2 run to defeat the Mavs. The two teams met again on Wednesday night, but this time it was in Los Angeles.
The game was fast-paced. Dallas went on a 15-0 run to end the third quarter and part of the fourth. Dallas looked poise to get a win on the road against a tough opponent. With just under five minutes left in the game, the Mavs were sitting comfortably with a 123-106 lead over the hometown Clippers.
As it turned out, however, the game was far from over. The Clippers, like they did in the first meeting, went on an unbelievable tear to close out the game, outscoring Dallas 22-4 to finish the victory. This is a troubling trend for the Mavs as they continue to find ways to blow big leads and lose.
Earlier in the season, Dallas blew a 19-point lead to the Toronto Raptors as they lost in overtime. What’s even more discouraging for Dallas is that they allowed a Clippers team to win despite L.A. not having their best player on the floor. Chris Paul was injured in the first meeting between these two teams.
Hopefully, the Mavs can put this game behind them and move on from the disappointment. It’s only one game out of 82, but this loss seems to sting a little more than the others.