The Dallas Mavericks beat the Lakers 115-110, although LeBron James was sitting sore on the ankle and Anthony Davis played a few minutes back from a two-month absence due to calf strain. But the game still has an almost playoff atmosphere. Sometimes all it takes is a late night national TV game to do so.
Luka Doncic led all goalscorers with 30 points and almost tripled, adding nine rebounds and eight assists.Kentavius Caldwell-Pope led the Lakers in scoring, adding 29 points to Shoot 6 out of 12 from depth.
Mavericks are slow to start, which lately has been less of a habit because it is a standard operating procedure. But they eventually found their energy and led a balanced offensive attack. There were no Dallas players that stood out for the first time. Everyone took what the defense had given them and the Mavericks ended up in a 31-25 lead to finish the quarter. That’s very important because Dallas is 20-0 when leading after the quarter.
The Mavericks continued to crush the Lakers, never performing well. But still ended up with an extension leading to 11 points at halftime.It helped the Lakers shoot just 2 of 10 from behind the arc in the first half. It also didn’t hurt Davis came out to rust in his return, shooting 2v 10 off the floor.
The Lakers came out with a shot in the second half, opening the third quarter with an 11-0 run, but Mavericks, one of the best I’ve seen in the NBA, responded with a 10-0 run, then Dennis Schroeder. The Lakers came in to score 14 of 25 in the third quarter, the Lakers defeated by the Mavericks leaders, eventually taking their own four-point lead at the end of the quarter. It didn’t help that Kristaps Porzingis twisted his ankle at the end of three and had to leave the game and never return. But Dallas was able to push back and lead 94-90 into fourth.
The horrible game had a more serious turnaround in the final quarter, and in the fourth turned into a bit of a scramble. Neither team looked sharp and Doncic was able to play enough to guide the Mavericks to victory, Dallas scored just 21 points in the last quarter. But they braced the Lakers just 20 points, the recently leaked Dallas defense came through.
It was not the Lakers’ most inspirational defeat that shortened their best players and limited their second best player court time, but the Mavericks were not in a position to quibble. To overcome Here are three thoughts on the hard-fought victory:
Mavericks get in a lot of lines.
Dallas scored more than twice as many free throws as the Lakers. It could have been more. The Lakers decided to foul the Mavericks every game and dare the referee to call the foul. Most of the time it works. The game was messy and none of the teams had any rhythm outside the early second half.Once again, the Mavericks fought in the defense only 72% of their free throws, but they hit 26 of 36 against the Lakers to 14 of 17.
The balanced attack by Mavericks was refreshing.
All five startups for the Mavericks scored double and Willie Cauley-Stein scored 11 off the bench. Porsinggis is the second leading scorer, with 19 Tim Haraway Jr. running into trouble during this period. But still collecting eight points, Jalen Brunson and J.J.Redick scored seven.Dorian Finney-Smith continued filming in the hot April, scoring 10 and hitting 2 out of three whenever the Mavericks were able to win. Where Doncic doesn’t have to do the superhuman thing is positive, although Doncic still scores 30 points, teams will let the Mavericks role-playing players open from deep and if they can hit the shot. Dallas always wins.
Luka Doncic continues to experiment with being an early playmaker.
Doncic didn’t shoot in the first quarter. He almost ended up triple 30 points, so it didn’t matter. But there is still a strange trend of early indifference that was evident last week. It would be interesting to ask him. But right now, media availability is limited, and I understand that they don’t want to waste a single question on a topic that might not be a reliable answer. It is very interesting that fierce players like Doncic can go in a quarter without a goal, or sometimes half with just four.
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