The Fast Break: Mavs at Lakers

Final: Lakers 124, Mavs 102

Box Score | Highlights

Behind the Box Score

Dennis Smith Jr. extended his streak of consecutive games scoring in double-figures to 23 games, which ties Jamal Mashburn for second place on the list of longest such runs by a rookie in franchise history. Jay Vincent has a comfortable lead in first place at 65 straight games, meaning it’s impossible for Smith to catch him. However, should he score 10+ points tomorrow night at Utah, Smith will be all alone in second place.

In the first half, Dirk Nowitzki passed former Mavs great Jason Kidd (50,110) for fourth place on the all-time regular season minutes played list. By season’s end, he has a good chance to pass Kevin Garnett for third place on that list. It’s been amazing watching him continue to climb on so many lists.

Notebook

  • Wesley Matthews was blistering to begin the third quarter, hitting four 3-pointers in the first two minutes to cut into the Lakers’ sizable 22-point halftime lead. Dallas hit 19 treys as a team, which ties for the second-most the team has ever made in a game. The franchise record is 22, set earlier this season in New Orleans. Despite their hot shooting, however, the Mavs weren’t able to generate enough stops on defense to get back into the game and recover from the Lakers’ big first quarter. L.A. led by 15 after the opening frame, and that proved to be too steep a hill for the Mavericks to climb, though they did make things pretty interesting in the third quarter and beginning of the fourth. Hopefully the shooting and second-half energy will carry over to tomorrow night’s jam session with the Jazz.

  • Dennis Smith Jr. scored a modest 13 points in this game, but he made this superhuman play look pretty easy.

    Smith added five points and four rebounds. His outside shot wasn’t falling tonight, which is going to happen from time to time for every young player. The Lakers in particular have done a good job all season of switching longer players onto him who then use their length to try keeping Smith out of the paint. Not many teams have as many switchable wings as the young Lakers do, so that’s been an interesting strategy to see play itself out in these last three meetings. They play again in L.A. on March 28, so we’ll see how Smith manages the next time around. Still, he was able to create some good opportunities for himself and his teammates. As he continues to see new looks from his opponents, it’s going to be fun to watch him grow and adjust to the league as the league continues to do the same for him.

    What’s Next

    The Mavs (18-40) will play the Utah Jazz (30-39) on Saturday at Vivint Smart Home Arena at 8 p.m. Central.