DALLAS (AP) — Harrison Barnes scored 30 points, and Dorian Finney-Smith tipped in a rebound with 35 seconds remaining to give Dallas the lead for good in the Mavericks’ 114-110 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers on Sunday night.
Mavericks center DeAndre Jordan had 16 points and 23 rebounds in his first game against his former team.
Lou Williams gave the Clippers just their second lead of the second half at 110-109 with a 3-pointer with 46.9 left, before Barnes drove the lane and missed — but Finney-Smith was there for a tip-in.
Jordan then stole the ball from Williams and made one of two free throws for a 112-110 lead with 27.3 seconds to play. Dennis Smith Jr. blocked Tobias Harris’ shot and made the clinching free throws with 9.2 seconds left.
The game featured two loose-ball scraps between the Mavs’ Dennis Smith Jr. and the Clippers’ Patrick Beverley — the first resulting in Smith losing part of a tooth, and the second in Beverley’s ejection after a technical foul.
Montrezl Harrell scored 23 points to lead the Clippers, and Danilo Gallinari and Williams each had 21
Dallas led for most of the second half, but Harrell scored 12 points in the fourth quarter to bring the Clippers back. He scored on a dunk while getting fouled to tie the score at 107 with 1:15 to play, but missed the free throw.
Dallas played without rookie Luka Doncic, who suffered a right hip strain Friday against the Lakers. Without a true wing off the bench, Barnes played 38 minutes.
Following a 10-0 LA run that gave the Clippers their biggest lead at 48-39 in the second quarter, the Mavericks answered with a 21-4 burst. Barea scored 12 points in the run. Jordan’s first basket of the game was an emphatic slam off an alley-oop pass from Dennis Smith Jr. to tie it at 52.
Clippers: Coach Doc Rivers on Jordan’s free-throw shooting, which has improved to 77 percent after averaging 45 percent in his first 10 seasons: “I told him that we’re going to check him, we’re going to see how good it really is.” Jordan was 4 of 7 from the line Sunday.
Mavericks: In addition to Doncic, reserve forward Maxi Kleber sat out with right knee soreness. Coach Rick Carlisle doesn’t believe either injury is serious. … Carlisle also said Dirk Nowitzki is “getting closer” to returning from offseason ankle surgery but had no date for his return.
Clippers: Second half of a back-to-back Monday night at New Orleans.
Mavericks: Host Portland on Tuesday.
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