Clippers rout Mavs 124-104 in matchup of best, worst records
DALLAS (AP) Chris Paul scored 18 points, DeAndre Jordan had 16 points and eight rebounds and the Los Angeles Clippers cruised past the Dallas Mavericks 124-104 on Wednesday night in a matchup of the teams with the best and worst records in the NBA.
Dirk Nowitzki scored 10 points on 3-of-10 shooting in 20 minutes in his return for Dallas after the 13-time All-Star missed eight games with a strained left Achilles tendon.
Austin Rivers added 22 points – half of them in a meaningless fourth quarter – for the Clippers (14-2). They had a 30-6 run in the second and third quarters on the way to their fourth straight win and 11th in 12 games.
Harrison Barnes had 22 to lead the Mavericks (2-12). They lost their seventh straight game to match their longest skid since February 1999, during Nowitzki's rookie season. Dallas is off to its worst start since going 1-23 in 1993-94.