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NBA: Clarkson leads Lakers over Pacers

Jordan Clarkson (AP)

Jordan Clarkson (AP)

LOS ANGELES – Reserve guard Jordan Clarkson sparked an undermanned Lakers team with 33 points to lead Los Angeles to a 99-86 victory Friday night over the Indiana Pacers.

The Lakers, missing three injured starters, snapped a two-game skid despite making just two of 14 free throws. They shot 14.3 percent from the line, a franchise low.

Victor Oladipo led the Pacers with 25 points. Domantas Sabonis added 15 points and 14 rebounds.

Only three other Lakers scored in double figures besides Clarkson. Julius Randle had 14 points, Kyle Kuzma added 13 and Larry Nance Jr. 10.

Suns down Nuggets

DENVER – Devin Booker scored 30 points, T.J. Warren had 25 and the Suns defeated the Denver Nuggets 108-100 on Friday night.

Josh Jackson and Isaiah Canaan added 16 points apiece off the bench for Phoenix, which snapped a seven-game losing streak to the Nuggets.

The Suns benefited from an earlier arrival than their last game in Denver. Mechanical issues delayed their flight for the Jan. 3 game until five hours before the opening tip, and the Nuggets raced to a 134-111 win.

Phoenix led that game by two at halftime before fading in the second half.

“To be in that game as long as they were, I was surprised and proud of them,” Suns center Tyson Chandler said. “I didn’t play and I was falling asleep on the bench. I was exhausted.”

The extra night in Denver helped Phoenix to its first win against the Nuggets since Nov. 20, 2015.

Jamal Murray scored 30 in his return to the lineup and Nikola Jokic had 14 points and 17 rebounds for Denver. Murray missed Wednesday’s game at the Los Angeles Clippers with concussion symptoms. He was evaluated by doctors before the game and cleared to play.

Knicks top Jazz

SALT LAKE CITY — Tim Hardaway Jr. scored 31 points and the New York Knicks rallied to beat the Utah Jazz 117-115 on Friday night.

Hardaway pulled up for a 3-pointer from the top of the arc and finished the four-point play after a foul, then added a dunk to give the Knicks a 109-100 advantage with 3:21 remaining. The fifth-year guard was 6 for 7 from behind the arc as New York shot 55 percent from 3-point range.

The Jazz missed three straight 3-pointers on one possession with less than 30 seconds left that would have tied the game at 115 after a late 11-2 run that included Joe Johnson’s corner 3 and Rudy Gobert’s three-point play.

Courtney Lee scored 18, and his 13-point third quarter helped the Knicks rebound from a 10-point deficit to take an 85-78 lead into the fourth. Kristaps Porzingis added 18 points.

Gobert had 23 points and 14 rebounds in his first game since Dec. 15 due to a sprained knee, but the second-team All-NBA center looked athletic in his return. He also had three blocks.

Grizzlies down Kings

MEMPHIS, Tenn. – The Memphis Grizzlies celebrated Zach Randolph’s return and then sent him and his new team away with their seventh straight loss.

Dillon Brooks scored a career-best 22 points, Ben McLemore had a season-high 21 and the Grizzlies beat the skidding Sacramento Kings 106-88 on Friday night for their third straight victory.

The game was a backdrop to Randolph’s first return to Memphis since spending eight years as a key figure in the Grizzlies’ success. The power forward received a standing ovation when he was introduced with the starting lineups, and the Grizzlies showed a tribute video between the first and second quarters.

“It’s emotional, man. It’s a great feeling,” said Randolph, who finished with four points and six rebounds. “It’s home for me. I love the people, and I love this city.”

While Randolph was saluted, there wasn’t much to celebrate for the Kings outside of holding the Grizzlies to a 10-point second quarter — the lowest-scoring period of the season for a Sacramento opponent. Otherwise, the Kings were limited to 40 percent shooting and were outrebounded 49-44 while committing 21 turnovers.

“We just had some bad turnovers, unforced turnovers,” said rookie guard De’Aaron Fox, who had 16 points and six assists to lead the Kings.

Bogdanovic and veteran Vince Carter had 15 points apiece against the Grizzlies.

Tyreke Evans added 14 points and six assists for Memphis, while Andrew Harrison finished with 12. McLemore, who had not gotten off the bench in eight of the previous 11 games, was 6 of 13 from the field against Sacramento, where he played four seasons before signing with the Grizzlies in the offseason. (The Associated Press)

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