The Associated Press

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LOS ANGELES — Lou Williams made a go-ahead jumper with 58 seconds left, then added a 3-pointer and finished with 26 points to lift the Los Angeles Clippers over the Portland Trail Blazers 107-101 on Thursday night for coach Doc Rivers’ 900th career victory.

Kawhi Leonard had 27 points, 13 rebounds and six turnovers after missing a nationally televised loss to Milwaukee the previous night as part of load management for his knee.

Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum led Portland with 22 points apiece, but both got blanked in the fourth quarter of the Blazers’ third straight loss. That is when Anfernee Simons scored 16 of his 17 points, including Portland’s first 12.

Leonard sealed the win with four straight free throws as fans chanted “MVP! MVP!”

Rivers became the 13th coach in NBA history to reach 900 wins. Los Angeles improved to 5-1 at home.

The Blazers regained the lead in the third quarter, outscoring the Clippers 36-23. Portland tied it 61-all on McCollum’s 3-pointer, spurring an 18-7 run that sent the Blazers into the fourth leading 76-70.

Also Thursday:

Celtics 108, Hornets 87: CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Kemba Walker made an emotional return to Charlotte and Jayson Tatum scored 23 points as Boston defeated Charlotte. Walker had an off night shooting and finished with 14 points and six assists, but the Celtics won their sixth straight game handily. Walker missed his first six shots.

Spurs 121, Thunder 112: SAN ANTONIO — LaMarcus Aldridge scored a season-high 39 points and San Antonio rolled past Oklahoma City. Point guard Dejounte Murray had a career-high 10 assists along with 17 points and eight rebounds.

Heat 124, Suns 108: PHOENIX — Jimmy Butler scored 30 of his 34 points in the first half, and Goran Dragic added 25 in Miami’s win. Miami bounced back from a 20-point loss to Denver to win for the fourth time in five games.