The LA Lakers were defeated by 4th placed Dallas Mavericks 114-100 at The Staples Center.
MVP was awarded to 20 year old Luka Dončić, who was also joint top scorer with Anthony Davies, both scoring 27 points.
After a dominant start to the season and a calmly displayed victory against the Wizards on Saturday night, defensive errors cost the Lakers there 3rd loss of the season.
The Mavericks lead stretched to 20 points, as they reached the 100 point mark with less than 10 minutes to go in the 4th quarter. This was heavily down to a poor defensive rebound rate from the Lakers and due to a slightly uncoordinated Lakers defence it allowed The Mavericks more opportunities, in particular, Dončić who was shooting baskets in for fun. The 20 point gap lasted throughout most of the final quarter, as the clock continued running down leading the Lakers towards their first defeat in 11 games.
Although the final result may seem as if the game was dominated by the Mavericks throughout. The lead was constantly switching sides, during the more competitive back a forth first half. Mid-way through the first quarter, Lakers gained a 10 point lead and Lebron already had three steals and was top scorer with 11 points. Although the Mavericks weren’t discouraged and kept themselves in the game with their youngest player Luka Dončić and Latvian Kristaps Porzingis both playing a big part.
Dwight Howard made his first appearance in the second quarter. Within minutes, Mavericks levelled the fixture at 34-34. Nearing the end of the second quarter, Porzingis’ Three from deep puts Mavericks in the lead but the all-action second-quarter finished 62-59 Lakers.
The Dallas Mavericks entered the third quarter the much hungrier side, turning the scoreline into their favour with their biggest lead of the game so far. The scoreboard read 68-62. This period of dominance continued throughout the third and fourth quarter.
These two sides last clashed in early November, with the Lakers winning in an overtime thriller. The last 6 meetings between the two sides before this game, Lakers had 6 wins.
Will It Get Worse For The Lakers?
Lakers will remain top of the western conference for now. However, they have one of the toughest possible games to recover from a loss. On Wednesday they will travel to Colorado to face 2nd place Denver Nuggets, which is guaranteed to be one to remember. This will be one of three games on the road, all to be played in 4 days (Wednesday 4th-Saturday 7th).
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