WEST­BROOK HITS WIN­NING JUMPER

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dal­las» Rus­sell West­brook hit a pull-up jumper with seven sec­onds left and the Thun­der erased a 13-point deficit in the fi­nal four min­utes to beat the Mav­er­icks 92-91 on Mon­day.

West­brook scored 37 points, in­clud­ing 16 in the fourth quar­ter, with 13 re­bounds and 10 as­sists for his third straight triple­dou­ble and 37th of the sea­son.

The Thun­der fin­ished on a 14-0 run, capped when the team gained pos­ses­sion on a re­play re­ver­sal with 13 sec­onds to go and West­brook hit the de­ci­sive shot from just be­yond the freethrow line. West­brook scored 12 of the fi­nal 14 points.

MON­DAY’S HIGH­LIGHTS

Kawhi Leonard scored 25 points as the Spurs dis­man­tled the ail­ing Cava­liers 103-74 in a show­down that turned into a ma­jor let­down for the de­fend­ing NBA cham­pi­ons. … DeMar DeRozan scored 36 points and Cory Joseph had 15 points and 13 as­sists as the Rap­tors de­feated the Magic 131-112 for their sixth straight vic­tory. … Der­rick Rose scored 27 points, Kristaps Porzingis had 25 and the Knicks handed the Pis­tons an­other dam­ag­ing de­feat with a 109-95 vic­tory. Carmelo An­thony re­turned from a two-game ab­sence be­cause of a sore left knee and added 21 as the Knicks snapped a five-game los­ing streak and avoided play­off elim­i­na­tion.

FOOT­NOTE

Jeanie Buss in con­trol for life. A bat­tle over con­trol of the Lak­ers is over af­ter an agree­ment was reached to have Jeanie Buss serve as con­trol­ling owner of the sto­ried NBA fran­chise for the rest of her life, mak­ing per­ma­nent the ar­range­ment her late fa­ther and long­time Lak­ers owner Jerry Buss said in his will that he wanted. The agree­ment was filed in Los An­ge­les Su­pe­rior Court on Mon­day and stated Jim and Johnny Buss agreed their sis­ter will serve as the con­trol­ling owner. The fil­ing ends weeks of un­cer­tainty about con­trol of the Lak­ers as the fran­chise tries to put sev­eral los­ing sea­sons be­hind it. Ear­lier this month, Jeanie Buss went to court seek­ing an or­der to con­trol the team af­ter her broth­ers called for a board meet­ing that she in­ter­preted as a chal­lenge to her power. That fil­ing came days af­ter she re­moved Jim Buss as the Lak­ers’ ex­ec­u­tive vice pres­i­dent of bas­ket­ball op­er­a­tions.

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