Crawford sizzles as Clippers hammer Mavs

Thu Dec 6, 2012 3:17am EST
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By Mark Lamport-Stokes

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Jamal Crawford once again sizzled off the bench as the Los Angeles Clippers pounded the struggling Dallas Mavericks 112-90 with a commanding display on their home court on Wednesday.

Crawford scored a game-high 20 points on seven-of 12 shooting while twice All-Star forward Blake Griffin weighed in with 19 points and 13 rebounds to help Los Angeles win their fourth successive game.

With forward Caron Butler contributing 16 points and point guard Chris Paul adding 14 along with 13 assists, six Clippers players reached double figures as the home team improved their record to 12-6.

"It's a lot of fun when you're winning and everyone's playing the right way and everyone's getting an opportunity," five-time All-Star Paul said after the Clippers tightened their hold at the top of the Western Conference's Pacific division.

"We feed off everybody's energy. There's no point having all this depth if we don't use it the right way.

"What is so great about our team is how close we are off the court. Nights like this, it translates to the court really well."

Veteran guard Vince Carter led the way with 16 points for the Mavericks, whose 11-time All-Star Dirk Nowitzki has not yet played this season while he recovers from knee surgery.

Dallas were outshot by 50 percent to 40.5 from the field and out-rebounded 49-41 at the Staples Center as they slipped to 8-10 for the season with their third straight road loss.   Continued...

Los Angeles Clippers Blake Griffin (L) slam dunks over Dallas Mavericks Chris Kaman during their NBA basketball game in Los Angeles, California, December 5, 2012. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson