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Rick Carlisle says DeAndre Jordan showed why the Mavericks wanted him last night

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Last summer, dissension filled the air in L.A as DeAndre Jordan entered free agency and was allegedly desperate to become the franchise player a center of his standing ought to be.

Having just turned 27-years-old, the Clippers pivot was entering the peak of his powers. After averaging just below a double-double in his career average, finding suitors was never going to be a problem.

Reportedly sick and tired of being an afterthought compared to All-Star teammates Chris Paul and Blake Griffin, Jordan listened to offers in free agency. Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban made the Texas-born star an interesting one indeed.

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The second-round draft pick in 2008 was said to have verbally agreed to a four-year $80 million contract to return to his home state. However, days later, after some coaxing from CP3 amongst others, Jordan made a dramatic U-turn and signed a four-year $88m deal with the Clippers.

The leading rebounder in the NBA through 2014 and 2015 has been widely heckled by Mavs fans on the internet and in arenas ever since he gave them the cold shoulder. Dallas recorded an 118-108 win over the Clippers back in November in what was Jordan's first visit to the American Airlines Center since his change of heart.

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Last night, however, Jordan laid some demons to rest and showed exactly what the fuss was all about in the process.

The 2015 All-Defensive NBA First-Teamer registered 23 points and grabbed 20 rebounds to help L.A pick up 109-90 road win over their playoff rivals. That's only the fifth time in Jordan's career that he's gone north of 20 points and 20 rebounds in a game, and the first time this season.

He sure picked a good night to do it, with plenty of the Mavericks faithful continuing to rain boos down on the former Texas A&M star. Mavs coach Rick Carlisle felt it was a timely reminder to the public why they so vehemently pursued Jordan in the first place.

Carlisle told Tim Cato of SBnation.com: "Now you know why we wanted him [Jordan]."

The Clippers resident at the five-spot is rivaling the league's very best in his position. The 6'11" center is second in blocks and rebounds and has the best field goal percentage in the entire NBA.

Jordan himself was pleased with his upturn in fortunes compared to his first visit to Dallas earlier on this season.

Jordan said: "It's a lot better than how I felt last time here - we won."

Whilst the Clippers number six refrained from shining the spotlight on himself following a stellar performance, his numbers this season are doing the talking for him.

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According to NBA.com, his team average 110.8 points per 100 possessions with him on the floor and only 97 when he's confined to the pine.

The Clips now boast a record of 24-8 since losing Griffin to a broken hand. Jordan is certainly proving the value he commanded last summer.

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LA Clippers
Pacific Division
Western Conference
NBA
Dallas Mavericks
Southwest Division
DeAndre Jordan

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