Chris Paul calls two-game road trip a ‘big test’ for Clippers

first_imgCLIPPERS vs. DALLASTipoff: 5:30 p.m., Friday, American Airlines Center, DallasTV/Radio: Prime/980-AM, 1330-AMUpdate: After playing a near-perfect second half to beat Charlotte, the Clippers head to Texas for a two-game, two-night trip against Southwest Division opponents. It’s the first time the Clippers (22-12) have seen Dallas (19-13) this season, then it’s on to San Antonio to face the Spurs (25-7) on Saturday. … “It’s going to be tough. I was in that division for six years (with New Orleans), so I know what it’s like — San Antonio, Dallas, Houston — it’s always tough,” Clippers guard Chris Paul said. “But that’s why we’re in this business, because we love to compete and it’s always fun to go on the road because everybody’s against you. It’s going to be a big test for us. We’ve got to find a way to get more victories, not only compete, but win.” … If they bring the offensive execution they displayed Wednesday, they’ll be fine. They made sure the ball saw both sides of the floor on the attack and the spacing it created led to easy baskets. Blake Griffin came through from the outside, made 14 of 20 shots and scored 31 points. … Reserve guard Darren Collison complemented Paul (17 points, 14 assists) perfectly. In 16 minutes, Collison was 3 of 3 from the field for eight points, had five assists, five steals and three rebounds. … Forward Jared Dudley had his best overall game in two weeks with 20 points, six 3-pointers and five assists. “We’re tough to beat when he’s playing like that,” guard Jamal Crawford said. … Dirk Nowitzki leads the Mavericks in scoring (20.9) and guard Monta Ellis is averaging 20.4 points, but they are one of the more balanced teams in the league with six players averaging in double figures. Ellis had 23 as the Mavs topped Washington, 87-78, to cap a 3-0 road trip. Dallas is 11-4 at home and is eighth in the Western Conference standings. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more