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Clippers tally up the losses in 112-105 defeat to Dallas

They find out leading scorer Eric Gordon might be out for as much as a month, Blake Griffin hurts his elbow but X-rays are negative and they give up 15-point lead.

January 25, 2011|By Lisa Dillman
  • Clippers forwards Ike Diogu, left, and Ryan Gomes, right, try to prevent Dallas forward Dirk Nowitzki from passing the ball during the first half of the Clippers' 112-105 loss Tuesday.
Clippers forwards Ike Diogu, left, and Ryan Gomes, right, try to prevent… (Larry W. Smith / EPA )

Reporting from Dallas — Their leading scorer will probably be out until after the All-Star break, The Franchise hurt his elbow in the second half and their fiery point guard got into an expletive laced back-and-forth with the opposing coach.

Other than that … just another boring day for the Clippers.

On a night when they learned they may be without star shooting guard Eric Gordon for possibly as much as a month, the Clippers blew a 15-point lead against Dallas at American Airlines Center.

The Mavericks defeated the Clippers, 112-105, on Tuesday night behind season-highs from Jason Terry (28 points) and Tyson Chandler (21 points) and a 31-12 run, which started in the third quarter and continued into the fourth. And bench play was overly one-sided: Dallas 63, Clippers 28.

For the Clippers, it was their 14th loss on the road in 17 games. Blake Griffin led them with 22 points and 11 rebounds and injured his left elbow when he went down hard, via a flagrant foul from Brendan Haywood.

Griffin saw a doctor after the game and X-rays on the elbow were negative. The team said that the injury was a left elbow contusion and he was expected to play tonight at Houston.

He was injured late in the third quarter and came down hard on the elbow. Although Griffin got up quickly, he was clearly in major discomfort and pain.

"Those things are going to happen," Clippers Coach Vinny Del Negro said. "Blake's around the basket and he's always going to attack all the time and guys don't want him to finish. We should [do] that too.

"When guys are around our basket, we need to do the same thing."

The news was far worse concerning Gordon, the Clippers' leading scorer, and they certainly missed his ability to put up numbers, fast, when it got close in the third quarter.

Gordon has seen three doctors, including one more on Tuesday, and they determined that he has a small bone chip fracture in addition to the sprained right wrist.

"We haven't had [Chris] Kaman the whole year and now Eric is out," Del Negro said. "No one knows. We have to see how he responds to the therapy. He's a tough kid.

"Obviously whenever you lose two starters, it's going to be a blow."

Tempers flared in the final quarter when Baron Davis and Dallas Coach Rick Carlisle received technicals with 8:40 remaining after their angry exchange. It started after Davis fouled Jose Barea.

"Words I can't use," said Davis, who had 21 points and six assists. "He basically thought I took a cheap shot on Barea. Barea was flopping the whole night and he flopped on that play. So when Carlisle looked at me, 'That was a dirty play.'

"I was like, 'No it wasn't. This dude is flopping.' I guess he felt like he was protecting his player. So I told him to … "

Barea said he thought that the exchange between Davis and Carlisle was "awesome."

Said Barea: "I didn't have to go down but when you get hit like that, you go down. It's basketball."

Apparently Davis got in the last word. Or words.

"He started cussing me out," Davis said. "I told him, 'Go have some lunch.'"

lisa.dillman@latimes.com

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