Undermanned Mavs prove strong enough to snap Lakers three-game win streak
Harrison Barnes and the Mavs clamped down on the Lakers late to seal the win. AP

HARRISON Barnes dropped 31 points to lead the undermanned Dallas Mavericks in dousing a late Los Angeles Lakers rally, 109-97, at the Staples Center on Tuesday (Wednesday, Manila time).

Without the injured Dirk Nowitzki and Deron Williams, the Mavericks leaned on Barnes, who scored at least 30 on the second straight game, to win two games in a row after a 0-5 start.

Dallas took a 58-54 lead at the break, with Barnes and Seth Curry each scoring 13, and built an 11-point lead midway through the third quarter. But Lou Williams led the Lakers rally to tie the game 89 with 7:56 left in the game. Then Barnes led a 12-2 counter to help the Mavs retake the lead and never looked back.

Aside from Barnes’ 31, Dallas also got 23 points off the bench from Curry and JJ Barea added 18 to put the Mavs record at 2-5.

Jordan Clarkson led the Lakers with 22 points, and Nick Young chipped in 20. Julius Randle and Williams had 15 apiece but the team saw their three-game win streak snapped and lost for the first time at home.


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