DALLAS (AP) — Chris Paul scored 31 points, Blake Griffin added 18 points and 13 rebounds, and the Los Angeles Clippers rallied from a 10-point deficit in the fourth quarter to beat the Dallas Mavericks 109-103 on Thursday night.
The Clippers swept the contentious three-game series with second-half rallies in each game. On Thursday, the teams combined for six technical fouls charged to players on the floor, three on each team.
Vince Carter scored 23 points off the bench for the Mavericks, going 4 for 5 on 3-pointers. Dirk Nowitzki had 21 points but only two in the fourth quarter.
Los Angeles maintained its one-game lead over Houston for second place in the Western Conference.
The loss dropped Dallas a half-game behind Phoenix and into ninth place in the tight race for the final playoff berths in the West.
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