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.

Seth Curry led the Mavs with 23 and Dirk Nowitzki scored 14.

DeAndre Jordan had 14 points and 18 rebounds for the Clippers. Chris Paul scored 15 points and Austin Rivers had 13.

The Clippers host the Utah Jazz(44-28) while the Mavs host the Toronto Raptors(43-29) both games are on Saturday.


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