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Billups scored 10 points in the first 10 minutes, matching his total through 24 minutes in a rout Tuesday at Utah. Williams replaced him with 5:26 left in the first quarter, scoring 11 points to help the Clippers take a 31-27 lead into the second. The Mavericks opened the quarter with a 9-0 run before Williams stopped the bleeding with a 3-pointer.
Caron Butler missed his first seven shots over 27 scoreless minutes before ending the drought on an 18-footer that gave the Clippers a 68-62 lead with 3:05 left in the third.
NOTES: Since moving to Los Angeles for the 1984-85 campaign, the Clippers are 17-69 against teams that won an NBA title the previous season. The franchise was 20-46 against defending NBA champs during the Buffalo and San Diego years. ... Jordan reached double digits in field-goal attempts for the fifth time in 215 NBA games. His previous career high was 12. ... The Clippers have allowed fewer than 100 points in each of their eight victories, and more than 100 in each of their four losses. This was the sixth time they held an opponent under 90. ... With 23,050 career points, Nowitzki is 90 away from overtaking Hall of Famer and former Clippers general manager Elgin Baylor for 22nd place all-time. The only active players with more points than Nowitzki are Kobe Bryant and Kevin Garnett. ... Kidd played in his 1,278th regular-season game, tying A.C. Green for 15th place all-time, and is 15 steals shy of Michael Jordan's total of 2,514 for second place in that category. ... Dallas is 0-7 when allowing 90 or more points and 8-0 when holding its opponent under 90.
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