Dennis Smith Jr. had 17 points and eight rebounds in his return after a week away from the team amid trade talk, and the Mavericks beat the Clippers 106-98 in Dallas on Tuesday night.
Smith had two of his four assists on a layup and alley-oop dunk in the fourth quarter by DeAndre Jordan, who had 13 points, 16 rebounds and four blocks in his third game against the team with which the 6-foot-11 center from Texas spent his first 10 seasons.
“It was tough,” Smith said, changing the topic to the game for each question about his absence. “But you know things happen. We got a win tonight and that’s the important thing.”
Dallas head coach Rick Carlisle said of Smith, “I thought he was great, just really tremendous, and everything we needed: speed, attacking, shot-making, a couple of amazing assists.”
Rookie Luka Doncic, whose emergence has clouded Smith’s future in just his second season, matched Smith with 17 points, including a key jumper with Dallas clinging to a late lead.
Patrick Beverley scored 16 points, and Avery Bradley and Lou Williams had 15 apiece for the Clippers, who were coming off a win in San Antonio that ended a season-long five-game losing streak.
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Harrison Barnes stopped a recent 3-point shooting slump by making 3 of 5 from long range. Barnes led the Mavericks with 20 points.
Thunder 123, Trail Blazers 114: Paul George had 36 points and eight rebounds, and Russell Westbrook had a triple-double of 29 points, 14 assists and 10 rebounds in an Oklahoma City win. Steven Adams and Terrance Ferguson each added 14 points for Oklahoma City, which snapped a three-game losing streak to Portland at Chesapeake Energy Arena. After a stretch of losing five of six games, the Thunder have won three straight and moved back into third place in the fluid Western Conference standings.
Raptors 120, Kings 105: Kyle Lowry and Fred VanVleet each scored 19 points, Pascal Siakam had 18 and Toronto prevailed. Serge Ibaka had 15 points and 10 rebounds as the Raptors extended their home winning streak to 10 games. C.J. Miles scored a season-high 15 points as Toronto overcame the absence of Kawhi Leonard (rest) to win for the eighth time in nine games.
Timberwolves 118, Suns 91: Karl-Anthony Towns had 25 points, 18 rebounds and seven assists and Minnesota took an early lead on the road and rolled past shorthanded Phoenix, which was without centers Deandre Ayton (left ankle sprain) and Richaun Holmes (right foot sprain). Josh Okogie added a career-high 21 points for the Timberwolves, who beat the Suns 116-114 in Minneapolis on Sunday.
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