By BETH HARRIS , AP Sports Writer
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Montrezl Harrell scored a career-high 32 points, Lou Williams added 21 and the Los Angeles Clippers defeated the Dallas Mavericks 121-112 on Monday to move into the seventh spot in the Western Conference playoff picture.
Harrell had eight dunks, rattling the rim with one- and two-handed jams, including five in the first half.
Rookie Luka Doncic returned after missing two games with a sore right ankle to post his fourth triple-double for the Mavericks, who lost their fifth in a row. He had 28 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists.
Danilo Gallinari added 20 points for the Clippers. Williams had 10 assists.
Led by Harrell and Williams, the Clippers’ bench scored 71 points.
Los Angeles led by nine points early in the fourth, with Harrell storming the lane for two more dunks.
The Mavericks closed to 105-103 on seven straight points, including Tim Hardaway Jr.’s 3-pointer.
Dallas never got closer.
The Clippers got 3-pointers from Williams and Patrick Beverley and Harrell completed a three-point play to extend their lead to 116-108.
Doncic’s 3-pointer tied the game at 78-all in the third, when he had 11 points.
Harrell and Williams combined to score 12 of the Clippers’ last 15 points of the third, giving them a 91-88 lead going into the fourth.
Dwight Powell had 24 points and Hardaway Jr. finished with 20 points for the Mavericks.
With nine seconds to go, Clippers coach Doc Rivers grabbed the public address announcer’s mic to salute Dirk Nowitzki, who received a standing ovation. He scored 12 points on 3-of-10 shooting.
Mavericks: Doncic turns 20 on Thursday. … They fell to 2-17 against the West on the road. … Split the season series with LA 2-2.
Clippers: Harrell had 30 points at Memphis last Friday. … They improved to 5-6 overall and 1-3 at home in the second game of a back-to-back, having lost at Denver on Sunday.
Mavericks: Host Indiana on Wednesday.
Clippers: Visit Utah on Wednesday.
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