It was the game that Mark Cuban had circled on his calendar since July. The long awaited face-off between the Dallas Mavericks and DeAndre Jordan -- who famously committed to joining them in the offseason before reneging on his agreement to return to the Los Angeles Clippers -- finally came on Wednesday night, on national television. And it was everything Mavericks fans had been wishing for.
In case you were wondering, there were boos. And plenty of them. All night long.
But aside from the Jordan dramatics -- the center finished with just nine points and 11 boards in 27 minutes, battling foul trouble -- the game was one of the best of the young NBA season.
Blake Griffin led the way for LA, with 21 points and nine boards, while Chris Paul logged a double-double on a night that he shot just 2-of-11 from the field. Six Clips finished with double-figure scoring in total, but the story of the night came on the other side.
Dirk Nowitzki, at 37, showed he's still able to rise to any occasion, this time against a Clippers team that figures to contend for a title. He put up 31 points on 11-of-14 shooting, but no basket more important than this banked-in three-pointer with just a minute left to put Dallas up by five.
Wesley Matthews scored 25 of his own, every Mavs starter scored at least 10, and Dallas climbed to 4-4. If only for a day, the city of Dallas has their revenge.
Mavericks 118, Clippers 108
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