By: Brandon Rosenthal | Jan 7, 2019
Welcome into Lakers Recap, brought to you by The 30 Minute Lunchbreak! The Lakers were playing their 41st game of the season in Dallas, on the second night of a back to back. The Lakers were coming off an absolute drubbing yesterday in Minnesota, and the Mavericks had the best home record in the NBA at 15-3. The Lakers did get some good news though, as Kyle Kuzma was back in the lineup, which meant KCP was back on the bench.
The game started with the Mavericks jumping out to a 5-0 lead within the first minute. After what happened on Sunday in Minnesota, this was the last thing we all wanted to see. After a couple of misses on both sides, Lonzo hits a three for the first Lakers points of the night, reminding us that he actually knows how to shoot the basketball. Dennis Smith answered with a leaning three of his own, Luka Doncic hit an and-one, and it felt like it was going to be that type of night. The Lakers responded, led by Brandon Ingram and Lonzo Ball, being more aggressive offensively. Ball got to the rim for a nice dunk, BI got a couple of lay-ups, and Zo popped a three to keep the Lakers in it. The Mavericks were able to pull away late, thanks to a Harrison Barnes three and a couple of buckets by Dwight Powell, and led 33-25 after one.
In the second, we saw Michael Beasley come in and do what he does, get buckets … or at least shoot the ball. Beas got four quick points for the Lakers, but the offense was quiet after that, falling behind by 15, 33-48 with 7:52 left in the half. The Mavericks were led by JJ Barea, who has been doing these things to the Lakers for years now. The Lakers brought back the starters in and were able to score the basketball, but could not make up the scoring difference. Josh Hart hit a fadeaway as time expired, but the Lakers still trailed 54-67.
Whatever happened in the Lakers locker room at halftime … worked. The Lakers came out like a team that actually wanted to win a basketball game. Kuzma hit a three for the first points of the half cutting the lead to 10, then Lonzo popped a mid-range jumper (I know), prompting a Dallas timeout with 10:10 left, probably just to make sure they weren’t dreaming. Luka stopped the Lakers 7-0 with a rim-run, but Kuzma hit a three, keeping the Lakers down 8. Again, Luka ran a pick-and-roll at the top of the key and made a contested layup over McGee. After a McGee layup, Luka hit a nasty step-back jumper, keeping the Mavs lead at 8 with 6:41 left in the third. The Lakers defense picked up, and Brandon Ingram was relentless inside, scoring layup after layup, and the Lakers found themselves only down 1, 75-76 with 4:13 left. The Lakers tied the score on a Lonzo free throw, but Devin Harris crossed over KCP to get the Mavs back on top with three minutes left. Josh Hart threw a backdoor alley-oop to Lonzo, tying it all up at 78. After a Barea layup, Michael Beasley hit a runner to tie the game at 80 with 2 minutes left. Beasley hit another driving layup, and a couple of free throws to close the quarter, and the Lakers led 86-80, coming all the way back. The Lakers defense was spectacular in the third, holding the Mavericks to only 13 points.
The fourth quarter continued what the third quarter started. The Lakers continued to be aggressive, getting the first points of the quarter on a tip-in from Josh Hart, prompting a Dallas timeout. Doncic answered for the Mavs, but BI hit a floater to cancel that out. After a few missed shots, Hart hit a three, giving the Lakers a double-digit lead. Ingram continued punishing the paint, getting to the bucket to extend the lead to 14, 96-82 with 8:52 left. Doncic would hit a three, and battle inside for a tough tip-in, but the Lakers were too much down the stretch. Ingram ran pick-and-roll plays with McGee, resulting in two easy dunks for McGee, icing the game. Lakers win, 107-97. Brandon Ingram led all scorers with 29 points (12-21 FG). Luka Doncic led the Mavs with 27 points (10-23 FG).
The Lakers get back in the win column, improving their record to 22-19 (9-11 on the road), and remain in 8th place in the West. The Mavericks fall to 18-22 (14th in West), and 15-4 at home (which is still incredible).
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- Brandon Ingram scored a season-high tonight, dropping 29 points and making 5/7 free throws.
- The Lakers held the Mavericks to 30 second-half points.
- Josh Hart filled up the box score, getting 14 points, 12 rebounds, 6 assists, and 5 steals. This was his 3rd double-double of the year.
- Michael Beasley provided a much-needed spark off the bench, scoring 13 points in 9 minutes.
- Mavs G/F Luka Doncic continued his amazing rookie campaign, scoring 27 points (10/23 FG)and grabbing 8 rebounds.
- Mavs legend Dirk Nowitzki only played 13 minutes in what might be his final game against the Lakers.
- The Lakers improved to 2-5 in LeBron’s absence, as he continues to miss time with his groin injury.
- Mavericks Center DeAndre Jordon shot 6/8 from the charity stripe and is shooting 71.1% from the line. Incredible!