Lakers Collapse in Second Half, Lose to Mavericks 108-93 in Anthony Davis’ Second Recreation Again – NBC Los Angeles
Luka Doncic was swarmed by double groups with the Lakers making an attempt to pressure somebody aside from the Dallas sensation to beat them once more in Los Angeles star Anthony Davis’ second sport again from a protracted harm absence.
That somebody was Dwight Powell.
Doncic had 18 factors and 13 assists, 4 of them serving to Powell rating 12 of his season-high 25 factors within the fourth quarter because the Mavericks overcame a 17-point deficit to beat Los Angeles 108-93 on Saturday evening.
The Mavericks swept the two-game house set towards the defending NBA champs — and Davis’ first two video games in practically 10 weeks — whereas transferring a sport forward of Portland for the all-important sixth seed within the Western Convention. The No. 7 workforce has to make the playoffs via a play-in format.
Powell, who completed one level off his profession excessive, was 11 of 12 from the sector and had a six-point run with the bucket that gave the Mavericks their first lead for the reason that first quarter at 89-87. The Mavericks outscored LA 62-35 within the second half.
Doncic was simply 6 of 15 from the sector with all that defensive consideration and the Mavericks lacking the Slovenian star’s European sidekick, Kristaps Porzingis, after the 7-foot-3 Latvian sprained his left ankle within the 115-110 Dallas victory two nights earlier.
The 22-year-old, two-time All-Star had 5 assists within the fourth quarter and a protracted step-back 3 that gave Dallas its first 10-point lead at 101-91.
“They have been double-teaming me. In Europe I used to do that rather a lot,” Doncic mentioned. “I understand how it goes. However right here the ground is wider, so it is form of simple.”
The Lakers, nonetheless with out fellow star LeBron James and likewise lacking Kentavious Caldwell-Pope with a proper ankle sprain two nights after he led LA with a season-high 29 factors within the first loss, dropped the season collection with Dallas. LA has misplaced 4 of 5 and is simply 1 1/2 video games forward of the Mavericks for fifth place within the Western Convention.
Davis was sluggish once more coming off the absence compelled by proper calf and heel points, ending 5 of 19 from the sector. The eight-time All-Star’s greatest stretch got here late within the second quarter, when he scored 10 of his 17 factors to assist the Lakers flip a four-point edge right into a 58-46 halftime lead.
However after Davis returned with 8:34 remaining and the Lakers main by three, they have been outscored 28-10 the remainder of the way in which.
“It’ll be a piece in progress,” Lakers coach Frank Vogel mentioned. “He is enjoying with a brand new teammate (Andre Drummond). He is acquired to get his legs beneath him. It’ll be a little bit disjointed at instances. Hopefully it would not value us too many video games.”
Vogel expanded the minutes restriction on Davis to 25 from 15, and he ended up enjoying 28:19, lacking all six 3-point makes an attempt and going 7 of 8 on free throws with three rebounds.
“I’m attending to the photographs,” Davis mentioned. “Every little thing’s quick. Only a legs factor, a rhythm factor. The benefit of it, all of them felt good.”
Dallas was lacking one other starter after Josh Richardson reported proper hamstring tightness throughout the morning shootaround. The void was crammed by Powell, Dorian Finney-Smith (21 factors) and JJ Redick, who hit one among his two 3s on an 8-0 run that took lower than two minutes.
All 5 of Powell’s fourth-quarter baskets have been layups or dunks, with Doncic establishing most of them.
“He is at all times been nice towards trapping defenses,” Dallas coach Rick Carlisle mentioned. “I by no means thoughts seeing trapping defenses on him as a result of he is so nice at delivering the ball.”
Lakers: C Marc Gasol returned after lacking three video games due to a damaged left little finger, scoring a degree with seven rebounds in 18 minutes. … Dennis Schroder had 16 factors and 10 assists. Kyle Kuzma scored 14.
Mavericks: Coach Rick Carlisle mentioned the membership did not assume the ankle harm was severe for Porzingis, who was out for the twentieth time in 59 video games. He additionally has been sidelined by knee and again points. … F Maxi Kleber returned after lacking a sport with a decrease again contusion, getting 9 factors and 10 rebounds. … Doncic was referred to as for his 14th technical foul within the second quarter. He is two away from a one-game suspension.
The Mavericks acquired even on the finish of the third quarter when Tim Hardaway Jr. — 1 of 10 from the sector at that time — pulled up for a buzzer-beating 3-pointer and a 79-all tie. He completed 2 of 13.
Ben McLemore, making his first begin in 9 video games for the Lakers in Caldwell-Pope’s absence, was 4 of 5 from 3 within the first quarter and completed with a team-high 20 factors, his most for LA. McLemore was 6 of 10 from deep.
Lakers: LA is at Orlando on Monday within the third sport of a four-game journey. The Lakers can sweep the two-game season collection with a win, however are simply 2-8 at Amway Middle.
Mavericks: A 3-game street journey begins in Sacramento on Monday. It is the primary of two conferences in every week, with the Mavericks making an attempt to bounce again from a 121-107 loss to the Kings in Dallas eight days earlier.