Jordan snags 27 boards as Clippers top Mavs

Dallas, TX ( – DeAndre Jordan’s monster effort on the glass
helped the Clippers overcome the loss of Blake Griffin, at least for one game.

Jordan posted 22 points and a career-high 27 rebounds to lead Los Angeles to a
115-98 rout of the Dallas Mavericks.

Jordan has been a man among boys on LA’s annual “Grammy’s Road Trip.” The
NBA’s leading rebounder collected his second 20-20 game over his last five,
but the Clippers, who recently lost their All-Star Griffin to a staph
infection in his right elbow, are just 1-4 during that five-game stretch.

They will return home to host Houston in the final game before the All-Star
break following a 3-5 road trip.

Griffin underwent successful surgery on Monday and is expected to miss at
least three weeks.

Chris Paul, who will represent the Clippers in New York during All-Star
weekend, tallied 25 points and 13 assists and Jamal Crawford poured in 22
points off the bench to help LA snap its four-game losing skid.

Dallas never had much of a chance after losing starters Monta Ellis and Tyson
Chandler in the early stages of the first quarter. Ellis, Dallas’ leading
scorer, left the game with a left hip injury while Chandler, its leading
rebounder, exited after injuring his left ankle.

Charlie Villanueva picked up some of the slack with a season-high 26 points
off the bench.

The Clips distanced themselves with a 14-0 run midway through the second
quarter. Hedo Turkoglu hit a pair of 3s during the spurt, and Matt Barnes
capped it with a driving layup.

It was 66-53 at halftime, and the lead reached 20 early in the fourth quarter
before Los Angeles rolled to the finish line.

Game Notes:

Dirk Nowitzki scored 18 points for Dallas, while Chandler Parsons added 16
points and a season-high 12 boards … The Clippers only committed six