Back home, Ran­dle leads Lak­ers past Mav­er­icks in OT

San Francisco Chronicle - - NBA - Fri­day night

With a mati­nee game in the mid­dle of a road trip, Dal­las na­tive Julius Ran­dle had a rare op­por­tu­nity to en­joy a night off in his home­town.

He al­ready had a good af­ter­noon.

Ran­dle had 23 points and 15 re­bounds, in­clud­ing a fol­low shot late in over­time that helped the Los An­ge­les Lak­ers seal a 107-101 vic­tory over the Mav­er­icks on Satur­day.

“Yeah, I’m go­ing to en­joy it for sure,” Ran­dle said. “I’ve got my lit­tle man here, got my wife here, my fam­ily. I’m go­ing to en­joy this night.”

With his team lead­ing 104101, Ran­dle grabbed a re­bound on Lonzo Ball’s missed jump shot and scored on the re­bound with 18 sec­onds re­main­ing, giv­ing the Lak­ers a five-point lead they pre­served to ex­tend their win­ning streak to a sea­son-best four games.

The Lak­ers (15-27) trailed by dou­ble dig­its in the fourth quar­ter, but bat­tled back for their first win against the Mav­er­icks in 15 tries and their first vic­tory in Dal­las since Feb. 24, 2013.

Rookie Den­nis Smith Jr. had 23 points, 17 in the first half, as the Mav­er­icks (15-29) had a two-game win streak snapped. Harrison Barnes and Wes­ley Matthews each had 17 points for Dal­las.

Thun­der 101, Hor­nets 91: Rus­sell West­brook had 25 points, 10 re­bounds and seven as­sists, and vis­it­ing Ok­la­homa City snapped a three-game los­ing streak. Paul Ge­orge added 17 points and Steven Adams had 14 points and 11 re­bounds as the Thun­der avenged a loss ear­lier this sea­son to the Hor­nets. All-Star point guard Kemba Walker had sev­eral shots blocked on drives to the bas­ket and fin­ished 5-for-17 from the field. He still led the Hor­nets with 19 points, while Dwight Howard added 11 points and 17 re­bounds.

Clip­pers 126, Kings 105: Lou Wil­liams scored 26 points and in­jury­de­pleted Los An­ge­les beat vis­it­ing Sacra­mento to get to .500 at the sea­son’s half­way mark. Wil­lie Reed added 14 points and 13 re­bounds start­ing in place of DeAn­dre Jordan, who has a sprained left an­kle. Blake Grif­fin had 11 points and nine as­sists as one of eight Clip­pers in dou­ble fig­ures. Wil­lie Cauley-Stein had 23 points and 13 re­bounds for the Kings in their fourth straight loss. De’Aaron Fox added 17 points and 10 as­sists.

Pac­ers 97, Cava­liers 95: When In­di­ana Pac­ers coach Nate McMillan went small Fri­day night, Lance Stephen­son came up big. He baited LeBron James into a late tech­ni­cal foul. He made play af­ter play down the stretch and when the game was over the Pac­ers’ show­man was cel­e­brat­ing. Stephen­son had 16 points and 11 re­bounds to help host In­di­ana erase a 22-point, first-half deficit and beat Cleve­land for the third time this sea­son. “It feels good, but it’s a long sea­son,” Stephen­son said in the locker room. “They’re a tough team but we came out and played smart de­fense and made the right plays.” James had 21 points, 11 as­sists, eight re­bounds and was called for a tech­ni­cal foul af­ter re­act­ing to Stephen­son’s jab by shov­ing him in the chest. Vic­tor Oladipo made the free throw to give In­di­ana an 84-82 lead with 7:53 to go, a costly point. James wasn’t amused. “Lance is just a lit­tle dirty, that’s all. He’s a lit­tle dirty,” James said. “I should have known, I’ve known since school, it’s not the guy who tells the joke that gets caught, it’s the guy who laughs. They caught me on the re­tal­i­a­tion. He played well, though.” Tim­ber­wolves 118, Knicks 108: Karl-Anthony Towns fell one as­sist shy of his sec­ond ca­reer triple-dou­ble, scor­ing 23 points and grab­bing 15 re­bounds in Min­nesota’s vic­tory over vis­it­ing New York.

Rock­ets 112, Suns 95: Chris Paul scored 25 points to lead six Hous­ton play­ers in dou­ble fig­ures and the Rock­ets, still with­out in­jured James Har­den, rolled past host Phoenix. Hous­ton, in its sixth straight game with Har­den side­lined by a ham­string in­jury, led by 18 in the sec­ond quar­ter, 22 at the end of the third and 27 in the fourth in its sixth con­sec­u­tive vic­tory over Phoenix.

Wiz­ards 125, Magic 119:

Bradley Beal and John Wall each scored 30 points and host Washington snapped a two-game los­ing streak.

Pel­i­cans 119, Trail Blaz­ers 113:

Anthony Davis scored 36 points in his re­turn from a right an­kle sprain as New Orleans beat vis­it­ing Portland.

Hor­nets 99, Jazz 88:

Kemba Walker scored 22 points and Frank Kamin­sky added 16 to lead host Charlotte over Utah for its fourth vic­tory in six games.

Nets 110, Hawks 105:

Spencer Din­wid­die had 20 points, 10 as­sists and nine re­bounds, Jahlil Okafor added 17 points in a re­serve role and vis­it­ing Brooklyn beat Atlanta.

Nuggets 87, Griz­zlies 78:

Will Barton scored 17 points, Trey Lyles had 16 and vis­it­ing Denver over­came a slow start to snap a three-game los­ing streak.

Rodger Mallison / Fort Worth Star-Tele­gram

Lak­ers’ Julius Ran­dle puts up a shot in the fourth quar­ter against Mav­er­icks for­ward Dwight Pow­ell, a Stan­ford alum, in Dal­las.

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