DALLAS -- After looking at his team's final offensive numbers Friday night, Dirk Nowitzki knows the Dallas Mavericks were in great position to beat the Los Angeles Clippers.
"It just always comes down to us getting stops and rebounds,'' Nowitzki said. "And if we don't we're in trouble.
"You look at the numbers -- we scored 112, we shot over 50 percent. There's no way we should have lost that game.''
But the Mavs did lose to the Clippers, 119-112, at American Airlines Center after LA ended the game on a brisk 16-2 run.
"Just defensively, we weren't very good down the stretch,'' Nowitzki said. "We gave up some shots, we gave up some dunks.
"You can't give up lobs in a zone.''
Nowitzki was also perturbed that the Mavs didn't shake free of the Clippers after they lost point guard Chris Paul for good to a separated right shoulder with 6:43 left in the third quarter. At the time the Clips were ahead 77-75.
"It's a game we can't lose,'' Nowitzki said. "We can't afford to lose that one.
"Chris Paul out. We just didn't take advantage enough.''
-- Dwain Price
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