There were six ties and 12 lead changes, and the Lakers turned it into a close game when they orchestrated a 15-3 run in the fourth, erasing the 80-70 lead that Dallas had taken early in the quarter on a 3-pointer by Dirk Nowitzki. We'd been in overtime games before, so let's take it possession by possession.
The chance to win the game slipped through Julius Randle's hands. The Lakers called a timeout but couldn't get off a clean shot before the buzzer. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.
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.
The Lakers (15-27) trailed by double digits in the fourth quarter but battled back for their first win against the Mavericks in 15 tries and their first victory in Dallas since February 24, 2013.
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.
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Clarkson added 19 points, Kyle Kuzma had 18, and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope scored 17. Lonzo Ball, the Lakers' rookie point guard, finished the day with nine points, seven assists and seven rebounds but zero turnovers in a positive performance. Then, Ball drove to the basket and didn't draw iron on his shot attempt, but Dallas-native Randle grabbed the offensive rebound and made the put-back to restore a five-point cushion for the Lakers with 18 seconds remaining.
It's the team's fourth consecutive win, though it was certainly in jeopardy.
Barnes made a pull-up jumper in the paint to tie the game at 95 with 5.9 seconds remaining.
After Randle almost turned it over, Ball picked up the basketball and forced up a desperation shot that was well short. He returned after getting his ankle taped, but the Lakers ruled him out for the rest of the game after he checked out with 3:54 left in the second quarter.