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Clippers End Grammys Roadie with Lone Star Loss

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Sometimes I still catch myself thinking the Clippers are that joke of the NBA that made visiting Los Angeles a pleasant experience for opposing teams. It was easy to make that mistake in the first quarter of the Clippers’ 96-92 loss to the Dallas Mavericks.

Dallas shot 63% in the first 12 minutes led by Brendan Haywood’s 10 points and six rebounds while the Clippers were buoyed by Caron Butler’s three three-pointers. Butler must have felt the magic of the championship ring he received in a pregame ceremony. Their defense then woke up keeping the game close throughout.

Butler ended the game with 23 points while Chris Paul had 16 points and nine assists and Blake Griffin had 20 points. But most costly to the Clippers was Griffin missing five of seven free throws in the final quarter.

The Clippers end their Grammys road trip with four wins and two losses. Not too shabby, but somehow ending the trip with a loss leaves a bad taste in the mouth.

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