LOS ANGELES -- Eventually, no matter how good the offense is going, no matter how many jumpers fall, the defense needs to get a stop.
The Clippers found themselves in that situation, having clawed back from a 17-point deficit Wednesday night.
Dallas had the ball, down one, with 11.2 seconds left, and the Clippers had to get a stop.
And after failing to do just that so many times against the Mavericks, the Clippers tightened up just long enough to get an improbable 129-127 victory.
The Clippers contested Jose Calderon's three-pointer just enough to force a miss. DeAndre Jordan grabbed the rebound, split a pair of free throws and got the game-sealing steal to cap a wild night at Staples Center.
It's the team's fourth win in a row.
The Clippers, who scored 100 points in the first three quarters, made just 2 of 11 shots to start the fourth before mounting a furious comeback.
J.J. Redick, who led the Clippers with a career-high 33 points, pulled them to one point back in the final minute, and Jamal Crawford drew a foul on Shawn Marion before making the go-ahead free throws.
Dirk Nowitzki led six Mavericks in double figures with 27 points.
Redick got off to his second hot start in as many games since returning from injury, pouring in 23 first-half points. Behind their hot shooting, the Clippers led Dallas, 72-62, at halftime.
It was the third time this season the Clippers scored 70 or more points in the first half, and the second game in a row the team accomplished the feat.
But unlike Friday's game against the Lakers, the Clippers were unable to pull away.
The Mavericks used a 15-0 run to turn a nine-point deficit into a six-point lead early in the fourth quarter.
Dallas stretched the lead to 17 before the late Clippers push.
After stepping in for the injured Chris Paul in the Clippers' win over Dallas on Jan. 3, Darren Collison admitted to having a little extra in his tank for his former team.
Collison spent one season with the Mavericks, but despite putting up decent numbers, he lost the starting job twice -- once to Derrick Fisher and once to Mike James.
Still, Dallas coach Rick Carlisle said he enjoyed having Collison on the team.
"He had a good year with us. He's in a great situation here. As a guy coming off the bench when Paul's healthy, he's probably the best guy in the league," Carlisle said. "He gives great defensive energy. He's a pest guarding the ball, and he's a really good rim attacker. And, his shooting and playmaking have gotten better each year."
In the practices leading up to Wednesday's meeting with the Dallas, Collison said he still felt a little extra motivation against the Mavericks, but not as much as the first time he met his former team.
Rivers said he understands where Collison is coming from.
"I never left a situation I didn't like, but when you're playing your old team, you're playing against guys you know," he said. "You want to play well."
Collison has been playing well since Paul's shoulder injury, averaging 17.5 points and 6.5 assists in the four games before scoring 13 Wednesday. Collison also dished out 10 assists.
Clippers to sign Turkoglu
While it won't be made official until Thursday at the earliest, the Clippers are set to sign Hedo Turkoglu for the remainder of the season.
"I think everyone pretty much knows, but it's not done," Rivers said.
Turkoglu, who will turn 35 in March, has only played in 11 games over the past two seasons in Orlando. He was waived by the Magic earlier this season.
Turkoglu still has to pass a physical, but Rivers said he's expected to join the team before Friday's game in New York.
The Clippers will likely waiver either Maalix Wayns or Darius Morris to make room for Turkoglu.
Reggie Bullock was available to play for the first time since spraining his ankle on Dec. 7, but the rookie guard wasn't used. "He's not 100 percent," Rivers said. "We're going to take it slow." ... The Clippers begin a seven-game trip Friday against the Knicks at Madison Square Garden. It's their second seven-game trip of the year.
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