BARNES’ LATE SCORE, STEAL HELP MAVERICKS GET PAST CLIP­PERS

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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.

THURS­DAY’S HIGH­LIGHTS

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.

FOOTNOTE

NBA an­nounces new award. The league an­nounced that it has cre­ated an ex­ec­u­tive fan-re­la­tions award in honor of Pete Wine­miller, the late Thun­der se­nior vice pres­i­dent of guest re­la­tions. The As­so­ci­ated Press

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