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Dallas Mavericks vs. Los Angeles Clippers: Live Score and Analysis

DALLAS, TX - MARCH 26: Dirk Nowitzki
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Matthew SchmidtFeatured ColumnistJanuary 16, 2014

We officially have a candidate for game of the year.

Down 17 points with 3:59 left, the Los Angeles Clippers closed on a miraculous 23-4 run to stun the Dallas Mavericks, 129-127, at the Staples Center on Wednesday night.

The run by the Clippers came on the heels of a 32-6 run by the Mavericks that started late in the third quarter.

It appeared that Los Angeles was dead in the water late in the fourth, but a flagrant foul on Samuel Dalembert resulted in a six-point possession for the Clips and completely changed the complexion of the game.

Battling underneath the basket with Griffin as Darren Collison hit a three-pointer, Dalembert wrestled Griffin to the floor. A flagrant-1 was called, and the Clippers squeezed three more points out of the possession.

J.J. Redick eviscerated Dallas with 33 points, going 7-of-9 from three-point range. Matt Barnes hit five triples of his own en route to 25 points, and Blake Griffin chipped in 23 while going 13-of-16 from the free-throw line.

Dirk Nowitzki led the Mavericks with 27 points, but the 2011 NBA Finals MVP missed numerous jumpers down the stretch that could have sealed the deal for his ballclub.

Dallas went only 13-of-21 from the charity stripe, with everyone other than Nowitzki going a combined 5-for-13.

Los Angeles, which has now won four in a row, hit 28 of its 37 foul shots.

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