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“It was a difficult and a physical game,” Dalembert said. “Some calls were suspicious, and it was just one of those games. So many things happened in those seven minutes. We have to keep some of their guys under control.”

Redick said Dalembert stepped on his head and he ended up with a cut in his ear.

“Any time a 270-pound man steps on your head it takes a little while to get it back,” he said.

Down 127-118, Barnes hit a 3-pointer and Nowitzki fouled Crawford on a 3-point attempt. Crawford made two of three free throws, pulling the Clippers to 127-123 with 1:10 to play.

Crawford struggled for most of the game, and in the final 6 minutes the coaches were debating whether to take him out.

“He was off-balance, he was going too fast and turning the ball over, yet you keep him in because he has ability to score,” Rivers said. “He can miss 20 in a row. He just needs to make one and he thinks he’s hot.”

Crawford credited Rivers‘ patience with him this season for making a difference.

“Hopefully I make him look good in the end for still believing in me,” he said.

Earlier in the fourth, Vince Carter was hit with a technical, one of four in the game for the Mavs. Griffin picked up one in the third.

The Mavs outscored the Clippers 60-40 in the paint, and outrebounded them 47-38, with both teams shooting at least 50 percent.

“That’s awful on our part,” Rivers said.

Dallas opened the fourth with consecutive 3-pointers by Monta Ellis and Calderon. They keyed a 25-6 run that gave the Mavs a 123-106 lead. The Mavs borrowed a page from the Clippers‘ high-flying playbook, with Brandan Wright dunking off Carter’s alley-oop pass against the Clippers‘ hapless defense.

Notes: Rivers said the team anticipates signing free agent F Hedo Turkoglu. Rivers expects Turkoglu to join the team for the start of its seven-day, 11-city trip that begins Friday in New York. Turkoglu was cut by Orlando earlier this month. He played just 11 games last season because of injuries and a 20-game suspension for use of performance-enhancing drugs. … Clippers F Reggie Bullock returned after hurting his left ankle on Dec. 7 at Cleveland. … Mavs G Devin Harris, who had left foot surgery, isn’t expected to play this trip. … The Clippers‘ Grammy trip comes a month earlier than usual since the music awards held at Staples Center were moved up to avoid conflicting with the Olympics.