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