Game 59: Mavs at Lakers

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Dennis Smith Jr. Throws It Down

Yogi Ferrell makes the steal drives down the middle and passes back to Dennis Smith Jr. for the monster slam.

LOS ANGELES – Things just didn’t go very well for the Dallas Mavericks in the first half of Friday night’s game against the Los Angeles Lakers.

Although the Mavs and Lakers scored the same amount of points in the second half – 61 – Dallas couldn’t overcome its first-half lapses. Thus, the Lakers were able to get out of the Staples Center with a thorough 124-102 victory.

This was the first game for the Mavs since the All-Star break , and the rust was very evident early on when they fell behind 23-5 midway through the first quarter.

“The first quarter was a killer for us,” forward Dirk Nowitzki said. “We got beat on the glass all night long.

“Things were too easy for them in the first half – (the Lakers) living in the paint and getting easy shots. We really didn’t have a great touch there in the first quarter and really tried to play catchup ball all night long and never really got close enough to make it a ballgame.”

The Mavs (18-41) received a scare when Nowitzki went to the locker room early in the fourth quarter and didn’t play again. But the 20-year veteran said he should be able to play in Saturday’s game at Utah.

“My back tighten up a little bit,” Nowitzki said, “and I came back to get it stretched and it was OK.”

Despite trailing 63-41 at intermission, the Mavs made a major push in the third quarter, thanks to four 3-point shots by Wesley Matthews. The Mavs were able to get the deficit down to 13 points, but the Lakers had too much firepower in the end.

“This is just a situation where LA jumped on us and we didn’t have enough answers,” coach Rick Carlisle said. “The guys we have in this locker room we got to show up the right way.”

The Mavs shot 40.7 percent from the field and also made a respectable 19 of 42 baskets from behind the 3-point line. But they lost the rebounding battle by a sizeable 61-29 margin and were outscored in the paint 62-26.

“I’ve never seen a team make 19 threes and lose by over 20, so this is new for me,” Carlisle said. “It’s got to be more than about making shots.

“We were more than doubled on the boards, the points in the paint were a beat down. We’ll look at the film and I think we’re going to see we got a lot of issues with level of force. And they played with great force all night, and we just did not.”

Harrison Barnes and Matthews led the Mavs with 19 points apiece, Dennis Smith Jr. and Yogi Ferrell each scored 13 points, J. J. Barea tallied 12 points, Nowitzki finished with 11 points and Doug McDermott added 10 points.

Plano native Julius Randle registered a triple-double as he finished with 18 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists for the Lakers. He simply was a bully all night long.

“Pretty much anything he wanted, unfortunately,” Carlisle said, when asked about what Randle was able to do. “He’s very strong and he’s having a great year.

“He does one or two things really, really well, and he’s extremely difficult to stop.”

While the balance scoring by the Mavs was a calming influence, the first half collapse was something they couldn’t overcome.

“Our execution wasn’t where it needed to be early,” Matthews said. “They made some shots and we didn’t.

“We didn’t really put up much resistance, and fighting uphill all game made it tough. To get out-rebounded the way that we did, the points in the paint the way that they were, the (20-11) free throw disparity, it was a helluva uphill battle.”

Mavericks

All Stats

PLAYER MIN FG 3PT FT OREB DREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF +/- PTS
W. Matthews, SF 28 7-12 5-8 0-0 1 1 2 2 1 1 3 2 -29 19
H. Barnes, PF 32 7-16 2-4 3-3 1 6 7 1 2 1 1 1 -29 19
D. Nowitzki, C 20 4-7 3-5 0-0 0 4 4 1 0 3 1 4 8 11
J. Barea, SG 26 4-8 3-5 1-2 0 2 2 6 1 0 1 1 -6 12
D. Smith Jr., PG 30 5-16 1-6 2-2 0 4 4 5 1 1 3 1 -26 13
S. Mejri 2 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 -4 0
D. Powell 26 1-7 0-0 1-2 1 4 5 3 0 2 0 4 -8 3
Y. Ferrell 30 5-13 2-7 1-1 0 2 2 3 4 0 0 2 -7 13
D. McDermott 23 3-6 3-6 1-1 0 0 0 2 0 0 2 1 1 10
M. Kleber 14 1-4 0-1 0-0 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 3 -11 2
K. Collinsworth 4 0-2 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 0
S. Curry 0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
D. Finney-Smith 0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
J. Jones 0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
J. Motley 0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
N. Noel 0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
TEAM   37-91 19-42 9-11 3 26 29 25 9 8 11 19   102
    40.7% 45.2%                      

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Lakers

All Stats

PLAYER MIN FG 3PT FT OREB DREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF +/- PTS
J. Hart, SF 33 5-13 1-5 1-2 2 8 10 2 1 0 1 1 24 12
J. Randle, PF 30 9-14 0-0 0-1 3 10 13 10 0 0 3 2 27 18
B. Lopez, C 21 3-6 1-3 1-4 0 4 4 2 0 1 0 1 23 8
K. Caldwell-Pope, SG 29 6-10 3-5 0-0 0 6 6 2 3 0 1 1 18 15
B. Ingram, PG 29 6-9 1-1 2-2 1 8 9 3 2 3 3 4 27 15
L. Ball 17 3-8 3-6 0-0 2 5 7 6 0 0 2 0 -6 9
I. Thomas 25 5-12 2-7 5-5 0 2 2 4 2 0 2 2 4 17
K. Kuzma 25 4-10 2-6 2-2 2 1 3 1 0 2 3 3 -3 12
I. Zubac 18 6-7 0-0 2-2 3 3 6 1 0 0 1 3 -2 14
T. Ennis 4 1-3 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 -1 2
T. Bryant 4 0-1 0-0 2-2 0 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 -1 2
C. Brewer 0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
A. Caruso 0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
L. Deng 0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
C. Frye 0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
G. Payton II 0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
TEAM   48-93 13-33 15-20 13 49 62 32 8 6 16 17   124
    51.6% 39.4%                      

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Harrison Barnes Buzzer beater

Harrison Barnes spins off Isaiah Thomas and knocks down the floater before the buzzer sounds.


J.J. Barea Drops The Dime

Dwight Powell rolls off the screen and J.J. Barea dishes the pass down low to Powell for the layup.


Practice Report: Doug McDermott

Mavs F Doug McDermott comments on his first two weeks in Dallas, playing in Rick Carlisle's system and more.


Practice Report: Dorian Finney-Smith

Mavs F Dorian Finney-Smith dishes on his impending return from injury.


Practice Report: Rick Carlisle

Mavs head coach Rick Carlisle weighs in on the team's health, tomorrow's game against the Lakers and more.

LOS ANGELES – It’s been 10 long days since the Dallas Mavericks last played a game. Needless to say, they’re ready for some basketball.

The Mavs (18-40) will be back in action tonight at 9:30 p.m. CT when they battle the Los Angeles Lakers (23-34) at the Staples Center. It’ll be the Mavs’ first game since they lost to the Sacramento Kings, 114-109, on Feb. 13 in their last game before the All-Star break.

After this morning’s shootaround, coach Rick Carlisle expressed his squad’s desire to finally be able to get on the court and compete against another team.

“We’re very much looking forward to a basketball game breaking out tonight,” Carlisle said. “It’s time to play.”

In preparing to face the Lakers, the Mavs flew to Los Angeles and practiced Wednesday and Thursday at the University of Southern California.

“We had two good days of practice at USC out here,” Carlisle said. “The first practice is an important one to blow the lungs out, to get stretched out, to get as loose as possible.

“The second day is more detail stuff, a little bit tapering down in terms of the physical stuff.”

Speaking of “physical stuff,” the Dallas Stars defeated the Los Angeles Kings, 2-0, Thursday night at the Staples Center. The Mavs felt the remnants of that game this morning when they walked into the Staples Center for their shootaround session.

“This morning I didn’t think it was going to be like walking into Minnesota’s gym,” Carlisle said. “But look, when you’re a professional you deal with whatever the conditions and circumstances are and get ready to play, and that’s what this is.”

One player certainly desperate to get back on the court is forward Doug McDermott. Acquired by the Mavs in a trade with New York on Feb. 8, McDermott has only played three games for Dallas and averaged 7.3 points, three rebounds and 2.7 assists in 24.7 minutes per contest.

“Being the new guy is always a little tough at first, but all of the guys have welcomed me with open arms, taking me to dinner,” McDermott said. “At the All-Star break Dirk (Nowitzki) and Wesley (Matthews) were right there (in Dallas), so I had a chance to go to the gym with them.

“So I’m starting to get to know everyone — finally knowing their names — and it’s going great.”

Injury updates:

Nerlens Noel (left thumb surgery) — out
Dorian Finney-Smith (left knee quadriceps tendinitis) — out
Seth Curry (left leg surgery) — out

LOS ANGELES –There was a time when the Los Angeles Lakers used to dominate the Dallas Mavericks, But in recent years, the Hollywood script has been flipped.

Entering Friday’s game against the Lakers at the Staples Center – tipoff is at 9:30 p.m. CT — the Mavs have dazzled to the point of beating the Lakers 15 out of the last 16 regular season meetings between the two clubs. Actually, the Mavs strung together 14 consecutive victories over the Lakers until losing to them at home, 107-101 in overtime, back on Jan. 13.

Furthermore, the Mavs swept the season series from the Lakers for four straight years prior to last month’s loss. So why have the Mavs been so utterly dominant over the Lakers lately?

“This year is really what you should probably look at,” coach Rick Carlisle said. “They’re improved, they’re more experienced, they’re well-coached and they’re making a push.

“Games in the Staple Center are never easy games. We’ll have our hands full.”

The Mavs were just In Los Angeles on Feb. 10 when they defeated the Lakers, 130-123, behind 22 points by Dirk Nowitzki. Ironically, Nowitzki reached his 20,000th career point barrier against the Lakers on Jan. 13, 2010.

In addition, in a game against the Lakers on Mar. 7, 2017, Nowitzki became the sixth player in NBA history to score at least 30,000 career points.

This will be the first game since the All-Star break for both the Mavs and Lakers. For the Lakers, this game marks the return of rookie point guard Lonzo Ball, who has been sidelined the last 15 games since spraining his left MCL in the Jan. 13 contest against the Mavs.

Brandon Ingram, Julius Randle and Josh Hart have been playing their best basketball of the season for the Lakers since Ball’s injury. Also, the Lakers completed a salary cap-clearing trade with the Cleveland Cavaliers on Feb. 8 that landed them All-Star point guard Isaiah Thomas, forward Channing Frye and a protected first-round draft pick for Jordan Clarkson and Larry Nance Jr.

However, in the last three games since the trade, the Lakers have surrendered a whopping 129.3 points per contest. And they lost all three games.

Since the Lakers’ defense is filled with numerous holes, this presents a golden opportunity for the Mavs to cash in and continue to dominate a team they’ve dominated the last four-plus years.

Injury updates:

Nerlens Noel (left thumb surgery) — out
Dorian Finney-Smith (left knee quadriceps tendinitis) — out
Seth Curry (left leg surgery) — out