Harrison Barnes late-game basket sealed the deal for the Mavericks
Harrison Barnes and the Dallas Mavericks seemed to both benefit from a position change by the Dallas Mavericks(31-40) coach Rick Carlisle.Barnes made the switch from power forward to small forward for the first time and it helped the Mavs top the Los Angeles Clippers(43-30) on Thursday night.
“I have a little bit more energy from not banging with as many bigs,” Barnes said.
Barnes finished with 21 points including a late game go-ahead basket with 1:06 remaining to cap off 11th lead change then followed that with a steal off Blake Griffin with 3.9 seconds left after a free throw made by Wesley Matthews to put the score at 95-97.A missed J.J Reddick 3-pointer that would have been a game-winner blanked off the right side of the rim, the victory over the surging Clippers had been decided.
“We had a great shot on the last play,” Clippers coach Doc Rivers said. “That was great execution, and it was a 3, would have been a game-winner. Make, miss, we will live with that.”
Griffin scored 21 points, including nine in a row in the fourth quarter, but he missed his last three shots and turned the ball over four times in the game.
The Clippers host the Utah Jazz(44-28) while the Mavs host the Toronto Raptors(43-29) both games are on Saturday.