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A couple of minutes later, after a turnover by Foye, Nowitzki had a finger-roll layup to tie the game at 11.
The Clippers then went ahead to stay on a tip-in by DeAndre Jordan and Butler's short bank shot. A 3-pointer by Foye stretched the lead to 25-15 with less than 2 minutes left in the first quarter.
Young's only points before a late 3-pointer had been seven in a row in a 75-second span midway through the second quarter for a 35-23 Clippers lead.
Dallas had only 33 points at halftime, its second-lowest scoring first half of the season.
Things got no better to start the second half.
Vince Carter drove for what he thought was a layup, but he was called for charging against Griffin. While Carter ran down the court in disbelief, replays showed that Griffin appeared to have his feet set.
Butler then hit a 3-pointer over Carter, and Foye drove for a layup high off the glass to push the lead to 52-35.
NOTES: The Clippers left the floor at halftime with a 49-33 lead, but officials reviewed an earlier basket by Kenyon Martin that they determined came after the shot clock ran out. So the halftime score was really 47-33. ... Los Angeles' six-game winning streak 20 years ago began with a win at Dallas. ... The Mavericks scored 29 points in the first half at San Antonio on Jan. 5, their eighth game of the season.
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