Lakers Best Mavs In OT Behind Randle's 23-Point Effort

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Rookie Dennis Smith Jr. had 23 points as the Mavericks (15-29) had a two-game win streak snapped.

With their fourth straight victory, the Los Angeles Lakers (15-27) really appear to be on a roll with an impressive 107-101 overtime victory against the Dallas Mavericks on Saturday afternoon at American Airlines Center.

Lonzo Ball couldn't build off his best shooting night as a pro Thursday against the San Antonio Spurs, making just four of his 13 shots en route to nine points, but he chipped in seven rebounds and seven assists.

Dallas began a 10-0 run in the final minute of the third quarter and took an 80-70 lead on Dirk Nowitzki's 3-pointer with 9:32 to play.

"We turned up our defensive intensity, got some stops and were able to get on a run", head coach Luke Walton said after the game. Smith finished the game with 23 points to share game-high honors with Randle, while Barnes and Matthews both contributed 17 points in the Saturday matinee. On Monday, he's projected for 25.6 FD points in 24 minutes. Then, Barnes led a late game charge, which was aided by a Kentavious Caldwell-Pope missed free throw, to bring Dallas level with 5.9 seconds remaining in the game.

The Lakers, who were down by 10 points nearly midway through the fourth quarter, managed to rally to force overtime and simply got the job done on the road.

After Randle almost turned it over, Ball picked up the basketball and forced up a desperation shot that was well short. The shot never had a chance and fell well short, and the game required five extra minutes to decide a victor.

Anyone expecting to see a more aggressive version of Ball after his efficient showing against the Spurs-18 points on the strength of four three-pointers-was left disappointed.

The Mavericks, however, continued to fight back and cut the difference to three points with 42 seconds remaining in overtime.

The chance to win the game slipped through Julius Randle's hands. Day next on the schedule.

He had help from Jordan Clarkson, who scored 13 of his 19 points in the fourth quarter and overtime. The Lakers outscored the Mavericks 54-30 in points in the paint.



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