BARNES’ LATE SCORE, STEAL HELP MAVERICKS GET PAST CLIPPERS
dallas» Harrison Barnes made the go-ahead basket, then stole the ball from Blake Griffin with 3.9 seconds left as the Mavericks beat the Clippers 97-95 on Thursday night.
Barnes made a 14-foot jumper with 1:06 remaining for the game’s 11th lead change, making it 96-95. After he stripped Griffin, Wesley Matthews made a free throw with 0.9 seconds to play before J.J. Redick missed a 3-point attempt that would have won it at the buzzer.
Griffin scored 21 points, including nine in a row in the fourth quarter, but the Clippers had their three-game winning streak snapped. Dallas, battling from behind for a playoff berth, had lost four of six.
Seth Curry led Dallas with 23 points. Barnes finished with 21 and Dirk Nowitzki had 14.
DeAndre Jordan had 14 points and 18 rebounds for the Clippers. Chris Paul scored 15 points.
LaMarcus Aldridge scored 23 points, Kawhi Leonard added 19 and the Spurs beat the Grizzlies 97-90 in a possible first-round playoff preview. … DeMar DeRozan scored 40 points, marking the first time he has had that many in consecutive games, and the Raptors pulled off their 19th double-digit comeback of the season to beat the Heat 101-84. DeRozan shot 14-of-25 from the field and 12-of-13 from the freethrow line. Rodney McGruder and Goran Dragic each had 13 points for the Heat, with Dragic shooting just 5-for-18. … Brook Lopez scored 19 points, K.J. McDaniels had a season-high 16 and the Nets defeated the Suns 12698 to give them consecutive victories for the first time this season. Trevor Booker added 14 points for the league-worst Nets, who beat Detroit on Tuesday. Devin Booker scored 28 points and Marquese Chriss had 21 points and 10 rebounds for the Suns.
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