Mavericks top Jordan, Clippers 118-108
DALLAS (AP) — Dirk Nowitzki scored a season-high 31 points Wednesday night to lead Dallas to a 118-108 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers in DeAndre Jordan’s first visit since backing out on an agreement to sign with the Mavericks in free agency.
A tight second half upstaged the sideshow of the return of Jordan, who was booed throughout before coach Doc Rivers pulled him in the fourth quarter with Dallas successfully using the hack-a-Jordan tactic against one of the NBA’s worst free throw shooters.
Zaza Pachulia, the consolation prize at center after Dallas missed out on Jordan, made two free throws to put Dallas ahead for good at 108-106.
As Dallas pulled away in the final minute, the crowd chanted a derogatory phrase at Jordan, who had nine points and 11 rebounds with a minus-23 scoring margin while he was in the game.