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Clippers & Lakers headed in opposite directions with Grammy Trip on horizon

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The Los Angeles Clippers will try to do what their hallway rivals, the Los Angeles Lakers, couldn’t do – win their last game at Staples Center before hitting the road for the two weeks known as the Grammy Trip.

The Clippers (26-13) host the Dallas Mavericks (23-16) tonight – five days after torching the Lakers by 36 points, 123-87 at Staples Center.

The Lakers left Los Angeles after losing to the Cleveland Cavaliers Tuesday night, 120-118 - their 11th loss in 12 games. They’re in Phoenix tonight against the Suns to tip-off their Grammy Trip.

For the Clippers, it’s the first meeting with the Mavs since point guard Chris Paul separated his right shoulder in a 119-112 win in Dallas 12 days ago.

The Clippers have won four of their last five – including the win in Dallas – since losing Paul who is out for six weeks. Los Angeles has won six of its last eight.

The Dallas Mavericks – who are led by, of course, Dirk Nowitzki – have won three straight coming into tonight’s contest. Novitzki is averaging 21 points per game.

The Clippers are led by Blake Griffin who’s averaging 22 points and 14 boards per contest. Center DeAndre Jordan also averages a double-double knocking down ten points and grabbing 14 rebounds per game.

Tip-off is set for 7:30.

To see the final Lakers-Clippers postgame report, click on the video with this story.

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