Mavericks overcome three-point deficit in final two minutes to beat Clippers

DALLAS — The Mavericks trailed 95-92 in the fourth quarter, but managed to hold the Los Angeles Clippers scoreless in the final two and a half minutes to come away with victory 97-95 Thursday at the American Airlines Center.

The game had a back-and-forth pace the entire evening as there were 10 ties and 11 lead changes. Dallas led by as many as 12 points, while the Clippers managed to post a six-point lead on the Mavericks, their largest of the evening.

Dallas guard Seth Curry scored a game-high 23 points in 35 minutes, including 3-of-6 from 3-point range. He also grabbed three rebounds and tallied four assists. His 23 points makes it the 11th time this season he has gone over the 20-point mark. However, it is his first time in his last nine games. Dallas is 8-3 when Curry scores 20 points or more.

Mavericks forward Harrison Barnes scored 21 points on the evening, including 10 in the third quarter. It is the 35th time this year Barnes has eclipsed the 20-point mark. This, after just 19 20-point performances in his first four years total with the Golden State Warriors. Thursday, in 38 minutes time, Barnes grabbed two rebounds and two steals.

Dallas turned over the Clippers 17 times on the evening and managed to get 21 points out of Los Angeles. On the flip side, the Mavs turned the ball over nine times for just eight points. Dallas was hot on the takeaways as they stole the ball 11 times. The Mavericks are 14-8 this season when they have 10 or more steals.

Nerlens Noel made his second start with the Mavericks Thursday and just his ninth start on the season. Noel scored eight points and pulled down a team-high 12 rebounds in 33 minutes of play. The Mavericks are 4-0 this year when Noel has a 10-plus rebound game. It was his sixth game of 10-plus rebounds in the 2016-17 season.

The Mavericks are 31-40 on the season and are still three games out of the eighth and final playoff spot held by the 34-37 Denver Nuggets. Dallas hosts the 43-29 Toronto Raptors Saturday at 7:30 p.m. to keep pace and try to sneak into the Western Conference Playoffs.

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