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Clippers roll to easy 119-98 victory over Mavericks

LOS ANGELES (AP) Clippers coach Doc Rivers keeps saying that with nine new players and so many injuries, he hasn't had time to install much of a half-court offense.

So his early message has been simple - keep moving the ball and run at every opportunity.

That worked well enough Wednesday night, when the Clippers beat the Dallas Mavericks 119-88 to snap a two-game losing streak.

''This is the first game in three games that we got our pace back,'' Rivers said. ''When our guards are going downhill, then that tells you our pace is back.''

The Clippers are adjusting to life without point guard Chris Paul (traded to the Rockets) and his replacement, the injured Milos Teodosic.

It doesn't hurt their cause that they have several players who excel at passing the ball, from holdovers Blake Griffin and Austin Rivers, to newcomers Danilo Gallinari, Patrick Beverley and Lou Williams.

''We have more fast, athletic guys than we had last year,'' Austin Rivers said. ''When we play at that speed, it's hard to guard us.''

The Clippers were given a lesson in speed in their previous game Monday, a 141-113 pasting by the NBA's premier running team, the champion Golden State Warriors.

The Mavs are hardly in the class with the Warriors right now, falling to 1-8 with their fourth consecutive loss. On Wednesday, they started veteran guard Devin Harris in a failed effort to add some spark.

''Everything is an attempt to try and get out of this rut,'' Harris said. ''We have to get back to playing simple basketball.''

The Clippers spread their offense around. Griffin had 20 points, seven assists and six rebounds. Austin Rivers added 19 points, Williams 17 points and Gallinari 14 points, six rebounds and four assists.

The Clippers outscored the Mavs 48-26 in the paint and outrebounded them 48-38.

''We had a couple of catastrophic turnovers that got them going in their building,'' Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle said. ''Before you knew it, we're playing out of a hole again. Our margin for error is extremely slim.''

Rookie Dennis Smith Jr. led Dallas with 18 points despite shooting just 6 for 15 from the field. Harrison Barnes added 14 points and Dirk Nowitzki had 13 points and eight rebounds.

TIP-INS

Mavericks: Averaged only 98.3 points per game during their first eight games. Said Carlisle: ''When you keep losing the possession game, it's very tough to win. We have to get consistency with rebounding and turnovers. We have to get better in all areas.''

Clippers: After shooting 29.9 percent in his first five games with Los Angeles, Gallinari was 8 for 15 against the Warriors on Monday. Doc Rivers said he was playing it low key with his new forward: ''All I told him was to keep shooting it. Nobody ever told me that.''

AFTERNOON DELIGHT

The Clippers next play back-to-back 12:30 p.m. games at Staples Center on Saturday and Sunday. Doc Rivers is less than thrilled.

''Those are tricky games,'' Rivers said. ''We have to be ready for them. They're tough. They sneak up on you so quick.''

Rivers said he had asked the league not to schedule back-to-back afternoon games.

''We did, and it worked so well,'' he said. ''I had one request after the season - no back-to-back afternoon games. And they said, OK. And they gave it to us anyway. My pull isn't what it used to be.''

LOSING START

Dallas' 1-8 start is the worst in the NBA, but it has a long way to go before approaching the franchise record for futility.

The 1993-94 Mavs started 1-23.

NEXT UP

Mavericks: Return home Friday to host the Pelicans.

Clippers: Play their fourth of five consecutive home games on Saturday against the Grizzlies.

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Key Players
H. Barnes
40 F
B. Griffin
32 F
34.5 Min. Per Game 34.5
23.3 Pts. Per Game 23.3
4.3 Ast. Per Game 4.3
8.5 Reb. Per Game 8.5
39.3 Field Goal % 48.6
37.5 Three Point % 47.5
73.7 Free Throw % 73.1
  Defensive rebound by Montrezl Harrell 0:01
  Jeff Withey missed turnaround jump shot, blocked by Sindarius Thornwell 0:07
+ 3 Jawun Evans made 3-pt. jump shot 0:24
+ 3 Jeff Withey made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Dwight Powell 0:44
  Bad pass turnover on Jawun Evans 0:50
  Defensive rebound by Jawun Evans 0:54
  Dwight Powell missed 3-pt. jump shot 0:57
  Bad pass turnover on Jawun Evans 1:13
+ 1 Salah Mejri made 2nd of 2 free throws 1:26
  Team rebound 1:26
  Salah Mejri missed 1st of 2 free throws 1:26
Team Stats
Points 98 119
Field Goals 35-89 (39.3%) 41-77 (53.2%)
3-Pointers 12-36 (33.3%) 13-28 (46.4%)
Free Throws 16-20 (80.0%) 24-29 (82.8%)
Total Rebounds 43 56
Offensive 9 6
Defensive 29 42
Team 5 8
Assists 20 27
Steals 8 9
Blocks 4 5
Turnovers 14 16
Fouls 22 20
Technicals 2 3
13 PTS, 8 REB, 3 AST
20 PTS, 6 REB, 7 AST
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away team logo Mavericks 1-8 2919292198
home team logo Clippers 5-2 32342924119
Team Stats
away team logo Mavericks 1-8 PPG RPG APG
home team logo Clippers 5-2 PPG RPG APG
Key Players
D. Smith Jr. G PPG RPG APG FG%
B. Griffin F PPG RPG APG FG%
Top Scorers
D. Smith Jr. G 18 PTS 2 REB 2 AST
B. Griffin F 20 PTS 6 REB 7 AST
39.3 FG% 53.2
33.3 3PT FG% 46.4
80.0 FT% 82.8
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
D. Smith Jr. 27 18 2 2 1 0 6 1 6/15 2/5 4/5 0 2 19 -9
H. Barnes 30 14 4 2 2 0 2 3 6/11 1/4 1/2 0 4 22 -12
D. Nowitzki 21 13 8 3 0 0 1 0 5/11 1/3 2/2 1 7 26 -4
D. Harris 19 12 2 2 0 1 1 3 4/7 3/4 1/2 1 1 18 +2
W. Matthews 27 11 1 4 0 0 0 2 4/7 2/4 1/1 0 1 20 -8
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
D. Smith Jr. 27 18 2 2 1 0 6 1 6/15 2/5 4/5 0 2 19 -9
H. Barnes 30 14 4 2 2 0 2 3 6/11 1/4 1/2 0 4 22 -12
D. Nowitzki 21 13 8 3 0 0 1 0 5/11 1/3 2/2 1 7 26 -4
D. Harris 19 12 2 2 0 1 1 3 4/7 3/4 1/2 1 1 18 +2
W. Matthews 27 11 1 4 0 0 0 2 4/7 2/4 1/1 0 1 20 -8
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
M. Kleber 20 11 3 0 2 0 0 2 4/4 1/1 2/2 1 2 16 -13
Y. Ferrell 25 9 4 2 1 0 2 3 4/12 1/4 0/0 0 4 16 -13
N. Noel 16 4 4 0 0 0 0 2 1/3 0/0 2/2 2 2 8 -22
J. Withey 4 3 1 0 0 1 0 0 1/3 1/2 0/0 0 1 5 0
J. Barea 18 2 2 3 0 0 0 4 0/9 0/4 2/2 0 2 10 -22
S. Mejri 9 1 3 1 0 2 0 0 0/0 0/0 1/2 3 0 8 +5
D. Powell 17 0 4 1 2 0 2 2 0/7 0/5 0/0 1 3 6 -9
J. McRoberts - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
S. Curry - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Motley - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
G. Clavell - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Finney-Smith - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 233 98 38 20 8 4 14 22 35/89 12/36 16/20 9 29 174 -105
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
B. Griffin 28 20 6 7 1 0 2 1 7/12 2/4 4/4 0 6 39 +8
A. Rivers 25 19 0 3 1 0 2 2 7/12 2/4 3/3 0 0 24 +8
D. Gallinari 25 14 6 4 1 0 0 2 5/10 3/7 1/1 0 6 29 +20
D. Jordan 24 13 9 0 1 2 3 2 4/5 0/0 5/8 3 6 22 +9
P. Beverley 23 8 1 3 3 0 0 2 2/5 2/5 2/2 0 1 18 +10
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
B. Griffin 28 20 6 7 1 0 2 1 7/12 2/4 4/4 0 6 39 +8
A. Rivers 25 19 0 3 1 0 2 2 7/12 2/4 3/3 0 0 24 +8
D. Gallinari 25 14 6 4 1 0 0 2 5/10 3/7 1/1 0 6 29 +20
D. Jordan 24 13 9 0 1 2 3 2 4/5 0/0 5/8 3 6 22 +9
P. Beverley 23 8 1 3 3 0 0 2 2/5 2/5 2/2 0 1 18 +10
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
L. Williams 18 17 4 4 0 0 1 0 5/8 2/3 5/5 0 4 28 +13
W. Johnson 25 9 4 1 1 0 0 1 3/6 0/2 3/4 0 4 16 +19
M. Harrell 12 8 8 1 0 1 1 0 4/6 0/0 0/0 2 6 18 +4
S. Dekker 9 3 1 1 0 0 3 0 1/2 1/1 0/0 0 1 3 -5
S. Thornwell 23 3 1 3 0 1 0 4 1/4 0/1 1/2 1 0 11 +13
J. Evans 7 3 2 0 0 0 2 1 1/4 1/1 0/0 0 2 3 -2
W. Reed 10 2 6 0 0 1 1 2 1/2 0/0 0/0 0 6 8 +8
B. Johnson 5 0 0 0 1 0 1 3 0/1 0/0 0/0 0 0 0 0
J. Wilson - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Williams - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Teodosic - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 234 119 48 27 9 5 16 20 41/77 13/28 24/29 6 42 219 +105