Clippers rally past Mavericks; Lakers lose again

The Sports Xchange/Reuters

Posted at Jan 16 2014 03:08 PM | Updated as of Jan 16 2014 11:28 PM

Los Angeles Clippers power forward Blake Griffin (32) dunks to score a basket against the Dallas Mavericks during the first half at Staples Center. Photo by Gary A. Vasquez, USA TODAY Sports/Reuters.

Clippers 129, Mavericks 127

The Los Angeles Clippers wiped out a 17-point deficit in the final five minutes and earned a victory over the Dallas Mavericks.

Two free throws by guard Jamal Crawford with 11.2 seconds left were the difference as the Clippers (27-13) won their fourth in a row and snapped the Mavericks' three-game winning streak.

Guard J.J. Redick finished with 33 points, sinking seven 3-pointers, while Dirk Nowitzki led Dallas (23-17) with 27 points and eight rebounds.

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Trail Blazers 108, Cavaliers 96

LaMarcus Aldridge scored nine straight points as the Portland Trail Blazers finished on a 12-0 run in a victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Aldridge scored 32 points and grabbed 18 rebounds for the Trail Blazers (29-9), who also got 28 points, six rebounds and five assists from guard Damian Lillard.

Luol Deng scored 25 points and guard Kyrie Irving added 21 for the Cavaliers (14-25).

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Suns 121, Lakers 114

Gerald Green scored 16 of his 28 points in the third quarter, and the Phoenix Suns used a 9-0 run midway through the fourth quarter to beat the Los Angeles Lakers.

The injury-riddled Lakers (14-25) dressed only eight players and lost one in the second period when forward Nick Young was ejected for throwing a retaliatory punch after a hard foul to his head by Phoenix (22-16) center Alex Len.

Len was assessed a flagrant-2 foul on the play and was also ejected for starting the fracas. (Editing by John O'Brien)