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.
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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.