NBA regular season

Mavericks rally past lackluster Lakers

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Mavericks rally past lackluster Lakers

SHOWDOWN. Lakers forward LeBron James moves the ball against Mavericks guard Luka Doncic.

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Luka Doncic and the Mavericks sustain their hot run while dealing the skidding Lakers their 10th loss in the last 13 games

Luka Doncic recorded 25 points and 8 rebounds, and Jalen Brunson added 22 points as the visiting Dallas Mavericks notched a 109-104 victory over the slumping Los Angeles Lakers on Tuesday night, March 1 (Wednesday, March 2, Manila time).

Dorian Finney-Smith contributed 16 points and 9 rebounds, and Spencer Dinwiddie had 14 points and 9 assists as Dallas won for the eighth time in its past 10 games and 21st in its last 28. Dwight Powell added 13 points and 7 rebounds for the Mavericks.

LeBron James registered 26 points and 12 rebounds, and Carmelo Anthony added 20 points for the Lakers, who have lost 10 of their last 13 games and 15 of 21.

Malik Monk scored 17 points, Russell Westbrook added 12 points and 8 assists, and Stanley Johnson had 11 points for Los Angeles.

Dallas made 50% of its shots, despite shooting just 10-of-35 from three-point range.

The Lakers shot 45.1% and were 14-of-34 from behind the arc.

Los Angeles held a 100-94 lead with 7:23 remaining in the game before the Mavericks erupted with 11 straight points.

Brunson hit a three-pointer and Doncic added a jumper to bring Dallas within one. James turned the ball over with a poor pass, leading to Powell’s dunk to give the Mavericks a 101-100 edge with 5:08 remaining. Doncic and Powell added baskets to push the lead to five with 3:53 left.

Westbrook’s ferocious dunk with 3:25 left interrupted the Dallas run, but it was the Lakers’ only points in more than seven minutes until James scored on a meaningless dunk with 13.3 seconds to go.

Los Angeles trailed 71-56 at halftime before appearing like a vastly different team in the third quarter – outscoring the Mavericks 31-14 to take a two-point lead.

Johnson drained two three-pointers during a quarter-opening 13-1 run as the Lakers pulled within 72-69 with 7:55 remaining.

James buried a triple to tie it at 78 with 4:24 left. Los Angeles moved ahead at 82-80 on Monk’s basket with 2:55 to play.

Dallas inched back ahead before Kent Bazemore hit a three-pointer with 42.2 seconds remaining to give the Lakers an 87-85 edge entering the final stanza.

Doncic and Brunson scored 15 points apiece as Dallas led by 15 at the break.

The Mavericks outscored the Lakers 37-13 over a span of 11:34 to turn a three-point, first-quarter deficit into a 59-38 advantage with four minutes remaining in the first half. – Rappler.com