DALLAS (REUTERS) - DeAndre Jordan torched his former team for 16 points and a season-high 23 rebounds and Dennis Smith Jr, who had his front tooth knocked out in the third quarter, came up with a game-saving block to allow the Dallas Mavericks to earn their seventh consecutive home National Basketball Association victory, 114-110, over the Los Angeles Clippers.
Jordan was pivotal in the victory with a late tip-in and then tipping and stealing a Lou Williams pass attempt with 19 seconds to go and Dallas trying to hold on to a 111-110 lead.
After Dallas went ahead 112-110, the Clippers called timeout and went inside to Tobias Harris. But Smith blocked the shot and then made two free throws at the other end to seal the victory.
Smith came back quickly after Patrick Beverley's elbow caught his jaw and knocked out his tooth during a scrum on the floor for a loose ball early in the third quarter.
While Smith returned quickly, Beverley was soon forced to leave when he was ejected for deliberately throwing the ball into the stands.
Smith's gritty performance included nine points, five assists, two steals and two blocks.
Dallas got huge contributions from Harrison Barnes, who finished with a game-high 30 points and nine rebounds, and reserve guard J.J. Barea finished with a season-high 24 points, four assists and five rebounds.
Dallas needed it from Barea with Rookie of the Year candidate Luka Doncic missing his first game of the season with a strained right hip.
The Clippers tied this wild, back-and-forth game at 107-107 with about a minute to go and then Williams, who finished with 21 points and eight assists, gave the Clippers a 110-109 lead with a three-pointer with 46 seconds left.
But Dorian Finney-Smith gave Dallas the lead back for good with a tip-in for a 111-110 lead.
Montrezl Harrell led the Clippers with 23 points, Danilo Gallinari finished with 21, Harris had 15 and Avery Bradley had 12.
Meanwhile, Kyle Kuzma had 23 points and eight rebounds to lead Los Angeles past the visiting Suns 120-96. The Lakers ran their winning streak to three and climbed a season-high five games above .500.
LeBron James had 22 points, six rebounds and eight assists and Brandon Ingram had 15 points for the Lakers. Richaun Holmes scored a season-high 15 points off the bench, and Deandre Ayton finished with 10 points and 10 rebounds for the Suns, who have lost five in a row.
Elsewhere, DeMar DeRozan scored a season-high 36 points - including 15 straight in the third quarter - and LaMarcus Aldridge added 29 points on 11-of-15 shooting from the floor as host San Antonio Spurs defeated Portland 131-118.
The Spurs snapped a two-game losing streak while the Blazers lost for the fifth time in six games. Rudy Gay added 18 points for San Antonio, with Patty Mills scoring 15. Damian Lillard led all scorers with 37 points and added 10 assists for Portland, while CJ McCollum added 24 points.