Barnes, Jor­dan star in Mav­er­icks’ 114-110 win over Clip­pers

The Myanmar Times - - Sport -

DeAN­DRE Jor­dan said he didn’t have any ex­tra in­cen­tive Sun­day night in his first meet­ing against his for­mer team. His 23 re­bounds might in­di­cate oth­er­wise.

Jor­dan scored 16 points to go with his sea­son-high re­bound to­tal, and Har­ri­son Barnes had 30 points to help the Dal­las Mav­er­icks beat the Los An­ge­les Clip­pers 114-110.

Do­rian Fin­ney-Smith tipped in a re­bound with 35 sec­onds re­main­ing to give Dal­las the lead for good.

Jor­dan, who played 10 sea­sons with Los An­ge­les be­fore sign­ing with Dal­las as a free agent this off­sea­son, down­played the mo­ti­va­tion to beat his for­mer team. He talked in­stead about set­ting a tone for his own team with his re­bound­ing. Dal­las won the re­bound bat­tle 64-44 on Sun­day.

“I know it’s de­mor­al­iz­ing to other teams — play­ing de­fense and then hav­ing us get of­fen­sive re­bounds,” Jor­dan said. “That sucks the life out of a team, lit­tle by lit­tle.”

The game fea­tured two loose-ball scraps be­tween the Mavs’ Den­nis Smith Jr. and the Clip­pers’ Patrick Bev­er­ley — the first re­sult­ing in Smith los­ing part of a tooth, and the sec­ond in Bev­er­ley’s ejec­tion af­ter a tech­ni­cal foul.

Mon­trezl Har­rell scored 23 points to lead the Clip­pers, and Danilo Gal­li­nari and Lou Wil­liams each had 21.

“It was a game we should have won,” Wil­liams said. “We didn’t do a lot of things in our style of play.”

Wil­liams gave the Clip­pers just their sec­ond lead of the sec­ond half at 110-109 with a 3-pointer with 46.9 sec­onds left, be­fore Barnes drove the lane and missed — but Fin­ney-Smith was there for a tip-in.

Jor­dan then stole the ball from Wil­liams and made one of two free throws for a 112-110 lead with 27.3 sec­onds to play. Smith blocked To­bias Har­ris’ shot, gath­ered the ball and made the clinch­ing free throws with 9.2 sec­onds left.

“That’s win­ning stuff right there,” Mav­er­icks coach Rick Carlisle said of Smith’s play.

Dal­las played with­out rookie Luka Don­cic, who suf­fered a right hip strain Fri­day against the Lak­ers. With­out a true wing off the bench, Barnes played 38 min­utes.

A TOOTH AND A TECH

Smith and Bev­er­ley were in­volved in sep­a­rate loose-ball scram­bles in the third and fourth quar­ters, both re­sult­ing in jump balls but hav­ing ram­i­fi­ca­tions be­yond the plays them­selves.

In the first se­quence, Bev­er­ley ap­peared to el­bow Smith in the mouth, caus­ing Smith to lose part of a tooth. Smith left the game briefly for med­i­cal at­ten­tion, only af­ter win­ning the jump ball. And he ap­peared postgame with the tooth ap­pear­ing in­tact, call­ing it “magic.”–

Photo: AP

Los An­ge­les Clip­pers guard Shai Gil­geous-Alexan­der (2) shoots over Dal­las Mav­er­icks guard J.J. Barea (5) dur­ing the first half of an NBA bas­ket­ball game in Dal­las on Sun­day.

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