Regular Season Series (Game 2 of 3)

Series starts 1/20

Game 1: Thursday, January 20th
Game 2: Monday, January 24th
Game 3: Wednesday, March 2nd

Mavericks 87

(27-13, 11-6 away)

Clippers 97

(19-22, 14-10 home)

    Coverage: FSSW

    7:30 PM ET, January 24, 2005

    STAPLES Center, Los Angeles, CA

    1 2 3 4 T
    DAL 23 15 21 2887
    LAC 23 30 18 2697

    Top Performers

    Dal: D. Nowitzki 22 Pts, 11 Reb, 4 Ast, 3 Blk

    LAC: E. Brand 23 Pts, 12 Reb, 3 Ast, 3 Stl, 1 Blk

    Brand comes up big in fourth quarter

    LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Elton Brand took it upon himself to end the Los Angeles Clippers' latest losing streak.

    Brand scored 10 of his 23 points during a 2:11 span of the fourth quarter, and the Clippers beat the Dallas Mavericks 97-87 Monday night to end a five-game slide.

    "I really wanted to win this game -- especially with the tough losses that we've had," Brand said. "I felt I could have done more late in the game to win those, so I wanted to do something tonight. We know we're good and we know we can play, so it was good to get this one against a quality opponent."

    The Clippers, who beat Dallas for only the fifth time in the last 25 meetings, also snapped the Mavericks' five-game winning streak. Bobby Simmons added 21 points, and Brand and Chris Kaman each had 12 rebounds.

    Los Angeles won without leading scorer Corey Maggette, who missed his second game because of a sore left foot. Kerry Kittles sat out his fourth straight game with a groin strain.

    Dirk Nowitzki had 22 points for Dallas. With Jerry Stackhouse starting for just the third time this season because of Josh Howard's back spasms, the Mavericks' reserves did not make a field goal until Calvin Booth's dunk with 1:22 left. Stackhouse finished with 18 points, after averaging 15.3 in his 32 games off the bench.

    "We didn't come in here and take the Clippers lightly," Stackhouse said. "They were a hot-shooting team. They moved the ball to open guys and made their shots all night. As the game went on and they got a little more of a lead, their confidence just started to grow."

    Dallas center Erick Dampier, playing on a sore left knee, had 13 points on 4-for-10 shooting after hitting at a 59 percent clip over his previous 13 games. The Mavericks are 3-1 with Avery Johnson filling in as head coach for Don Nelson, who is recovering from surgery on his right shoulder last Thursday.

    Michael Finley, who entered shooting a career-low 38.3 percent from the field, was 0-for-5 in the first half and 4-for-13 altogether. He missed his first eight shots before making a 22-footer from the right of the key with 9:46 left, and finished with 11 points.

    Finley followed his long-awaited first basket with a 3-pointer 69 seconds later, helping trim a 17-point Dallas deficit to 76-66 with 8:37 to play. But that was as close as the Mavericks got. Brand hit a 19-footer, then added a layup and a 12-foot jumper before sinking four free throws for an 89-72 cushion with 4:46 remaining.

    "Toward the end, Mike (coach Mike Dunleavy) said we're going to run certain plays and keep running them. So I either kept making buckets or getting fouled," Brand said.

    "They started off with a zone and they were collapsing and gave us a lot of double-teams, so I just shared the rock. The guys hit open shots, and when that happened, it opened it up for me and Chris Kaman to try to move around the paint."

    The Clippers were 6-for-12 from 3-point range, after going 0-for-6 in their previous meeting with Dallas. The Mavericks entered the game holding opponents to an NBA-best 30.8 percentage from behind the arc, after finishing 25th in the league last season.

    "They were double-teaming in the post, especially on that left block, so we whipped it around," Brand said. "Rick Brunson hit four of the six 3s and Marko Jaric hit the other two. That's what we need out of those guys."

    Simmons, the only player to start all 41 games for the Clippers, powered them to a 53-38 halftime lead with 15 points. They shot 52.6 percent in the half and finished it with a 7-0 spurt while Kaman was on the bench with three fouls.

    Jaric had nine points in 23 minutes after missing the Clippers' previous 17 games with a stress fracture in his right foot. He made his first three shots, including consecutive 3-pointers 25 seconds apart to cap a 10-0 run and give Los Angeles a 33-23 lead two minutes into the second quarter.

    "I just tried to put a little energy into the team, but my stamina wasn't very good," Jaric said. "I practiced individually the last seven days, but we never had time to practice five-on-five because we had a tough schedule. So, basically, I came straight into the game after being out a month and a half."

    Game notes

    The Clippers were 7-10 in Jaric's absence. To make room for him, they placed C Mamadou N'Diaye on the injured list with back spasms. ... The Mavericks are 12-4 since Jason Terry replaced rookie Devin Harris in the starting lineup on Dec. 18.

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