Lakers beat 76ers 113-111 in OT on Clarkson’s basket

PHILADELPHIA: Byron Scott still has a lot to learn about Jordan Clarkson.
The Lakers coach is already sure of one thing: Clarkson isn’t the type to wilt under pressure.

Clarkson scored 26 points and made the tiebreaking basket with 0.7 seconds left in overtime to lift Los Angeles past the Philadelphia 76ers, 113-111 on Monday night in a matchup of two of the NBA’s worst teams.

The rookie guard helped the Lakers pull out a game both teams had incentive to lose.

The Sixers currently hold the league’s third-worst record and the Lakers the fourth-worst mark. Philadelphia will get the Lakers’ first-round pick through a previous trade if it falls out of the top five. But Scott brushed aside any talk of lottery balls and what Monday’s win could mean for the draft.

Jabari Brown finished with a career-high 22 points for the Lakers (20-53). Wayne Ellington added seven of his 20 points in OT, including a 3-pointer that put the Lakers up 111-105 with 1:25 left.

Ellington, a Philly native, also fed Clarkson for the go-ahead layup, drawing a double team and finding him wide open under the basket right before time expired.

Philadelphia point guard Isaiah Canaan scored 18 points, including 10 in the fourth quarter. Ish Smith added 17, hitting a go-ahead layup with 31 seconds left in regulation that put Philly up 100-98.

But Clarkson tied the game three times in the final minute of regulation: at 98 with a running layup with 49 seconds remaining, at 100 with two free throws with 22 seconds left and at 102 with two more free throws with 11.1 seconds to play.

Lin was averaging 21.2 points in his last four games before getting sick, including a 29-point outing in the Lakers’ 101-87 win over the Sixers on March 22.

Grizzlies beat Kings; Raptors beat Rockets

MEMPHIS: The Memphis Grizzlies were delighted to snap out of their recent losing spell, no matter what opponent they dispatched.

Mike Conley scored 18 points; Jeff Green added 16 and the Grizzlies ended their three-game skid with a 97-83 victory over the Sacramento Kings on Monday night.

The Grizzlies moved back into the second spot in the Western Conference playoff race by a half-game over the Houston Rockets, who lost 99-96 at Toronto.

Zach Randolph added 15 points for Memphis, while Courtney Lee scored 10. Kosta Koufos grabbed a season-high 12 boards and Memphis recorded a season-high 11 blocks, including three by Koufos.

Gasol had six assists as Memphis dished out 23 on 38 field goals.

The Grizzlies carried a 75-64 lead into the fourth period and regrouped after the Kings, who never led in the game, cut the lead to eight early in the fourth.

Sacramento coach George Karl acknowledged it was hard to challenge a team like Memphis with his two top players, Cousins and eventually Gay, out of the game.

TORONTO: DeRozan and James Harden have been battling on the basketball court for more than a decade.

It’s hard to imagine any of their previous encounters was as entertaining as this one.
DeRozan scored a career-high 42 points and tied his career high with 11 rebounds as his Raptors beat Harden’s Rockets 99-96 on Monday night, Toronto’s eighth straight home victory over Houston.

DeRozan made a go-ahead turnaround bank shot with 1:27 left, the 11th lead change of the final quarter, then sealed it with a jumper over Harden with 18 seconds to go. He made 14 of 27 attempts from the floor and hit 12 of 17 at the free throw line.

Jonas Valanciunas scored 15 for Toronto, while Lou Williams had 13.

Harden scored 31 for the Rockets, whose four-game winning streak was snapped. Houston has not won north of the border since a 114-100 victory on March 16, 2007.

Houston led 52-48 at halftime. DeRozan scored 13 in the third but Harden had 15, including the final five, as the Rockets took a 76-74 lead into the fourth.

Results:

Boston Celtics 116 beat Charlotte Hornets 104, Los Angeles Lakers 113 beat Philadelphia 76ers 111, Atlanta Hawks 101 beat Milwaukee Bucks 88, Toronto Raptors 99 beat Houston Rockets 96, Memphis Grizzlies 97 beat Sacramento Kings 83, Utah Jazz 104 beat Minnesota Timberwolves 84, Portland Trailblazers 109 beat Phoenix Suns 86

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