DALLAS (AP) — Corey Brewer took advantage of a rare start by scoring 20 points and Peja Stojakovic scored all 10 of his points in the fourth quarter, lifting the Dallas Mavericks to a 107-96 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers to keep their hold on the Western Conference playoff race.

The Mavs had lost four straight since beating the Clippers a week ago Wednesday and would’ve slipped to the fourth seed with a loss. Dallas trailed by 16 in the first quarter, then took control with a 22-4 spurt in the third.

The Mavs sat Jason Kidd for a second straight game and didn’t use guard Jason Terry after he barked at teammate J.J. Barea during a huddle early in the second quarter.

Mo Williams scored 29 points and Blake Griffin had 23 points, nine rebounds and six assists for Los Angeles.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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