Lakers vs. Mavericks closing score – Luka Doncic snaps L.A. Shedding …

12

Well, this was bound to happen at some point, and against Luka Doncic and the explosive Dallas Mavericks was as likely a time as any. The Los Angeles Lakers had their 10-game winning streak snapped in a 114-100 loss to the Mavericks that saw the game really get away from L.A. in the second half.

The Lakers gave up a 22-5 run to start the third quarter after leading 62-59 at halftime, and the rest of the frame didn’t get much better for the purple and gold. A 10-0 Lakers run to try and climb back into it was quickly silenced by a few quick plays from Luka Doncic, and the 17 points the Lakers scored in the quarter was their lowest total in any quarter this season.

About Lakers
The Los Angeles Lakers are an American professional basketball team based in Los Angeles. The Lakers compete in the National Basketball Association (NBA), as a member of the league’s Western Conference in the Pacific Division. The Lakers play their home games at Staples Center, an arena shared with the NBA’s Los Angeles Clippers, the Los Angeles Sparks of the Women’s National Basketball Association, and the Los Angeles Kings of the National Hockey League. The Lakers are one of the most successful teams in the history of the NBA, and have won 16 NBA championships, the second-most behind the Boston Celtics.
The franchise began with the 1947 purchase of a disbanded team, the Detroit Gems of the National Basketball League (NBL). The new team began playing in Minneapolis, calling themselves the Minneapolis Lakers. Initially a member of the NBL, the Lakers won the 1948 NBL championship before joining the rival Basketball Association of America, where they would win five of the next six championships, led by star George Mikan. After struggling financially in the late 1950s following Mikan’s retirement, they relocated to Los Angeles before the 1960–61 season.
Led by Hall of Famers Elgin Baylor and Jerry West, Los Angeles made the NBA Finals six times in the 1960s, but lost each series to the Celtics, beginning their long and storied rivalry. In 1968, the Lakers acquired four-time NBA Most Valuable Player (MVP) Wilt Chamberlain, and won their sixth NBA title—and first in Los Angeles—in 1972, led by new head coach Bill Sharman. After the retirement of West and Chamberlain, the team acquired Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, who also won multiple MVP awards, but was unable to make the Finals in the late 1970s.
The 1980s Lakers were nicknamed “Showtime” due to their fast break-offense led by Magic Johnson. The team won five championships in a nine-year span, and contained Hall of Famers Johnson, Abdul-Jabbar, and James Worthy, and was led by Hall of Fame coach Pat Riley. After Abdul-Jabbar and Johnson retired, the team struggled in the early 1990s, before acquiring Shaquille O’Neal and Kobe Bryant in 1996. With the duo, who were led by another Hall of Fame coach Phil Jackson, the team won three consecutive titles between 2000 to 2002, securing the franchise its second “three-peat”. The Lakers won two more championships in 2009 and 2010, but failed to regain their former glory in the following decade.
The Lakers hold the record for NBA’s longest winning streak, 33 straight games, set during the 1971–72 season. Twenty-six Hall of Famers have played for Los Angeles, while four have coached the team. Four Lakers—Abdul-Jabbar, Johnson, O’Neal, and Bryant—have won the NBA MVP Award for a total of eight awards.

Lakers vs. Mavericks Final Score: Luka Doncic snaps L.A. losing …

About Mavericks
Maverick, Maveric or Maverik may refer to:

There were several factors in this Lakers loss, but there were two that stood apart from the rest.

Luka Doncic is unbelievable

Doncic continued to make his MVP case, dropping a 27-point, 10-assist, 9-rebound near triple-double and cutting off every attempt at a run the Lakers made with a big play or two. The Lakers missed having Avery Bradley as an extra defensive option in this one.

Lakers vs. Mavericks Final Score: Luka Doncic snaps L.A. losing …

The Mavericks take (and make) a lot of threes

Dallas went 17-49 from behind the arc, and while that isn’t a great percentage, their willing ball movement and free-shooting ways spread the Lakers out, and L.A. couldn’t hit enough threes of their own (7-27) to match the Mavericks’ efforts.

This tweet from our own Alex Regla emphasized the problem well:

Three is worth more than two, and so when the Lakers aren’t really locking down on defense and being really efficient in the paint, nights like this are going to be prone to happen. We’ll see if a loss is enough to knock off some of the defensive malaise they’ve shown of late.


The Lakers will now hit the road for the next three games, starting on Tuesday when they face the Nuggets in Denver. And while it will feel easy to freak out about a loss to a playoff team at the start of a much tougher month of December schedule-wise, it’s important to remember that this is just one game in the grand scheme of things, and the Lakers are still tied with the Milwaukee Bucks at a league-best 17-3. If they keep losing, the time to panic will come. That time doesn’t appear to be now.

For more Lakers talk, subscribe to the Silver Screen and Roll podcast feed on iTunes, Spotify, Stitcher or Google Podcasts. You can follow Harrison on Twitter at @hmfaigen.