The Lakers’ two-game winning streak is over.
It wasn’t even close to three.
Here are five takeaways from the Lakers' 140-106 loss Friday night in Dallas.
1) Coach Byron Scott couldn’t hide his disdain for a defense that might have reached a new low this season. Beyond the “dumb plays” and “stupid decisions” he said he saw, there was this: 38-30-42-30, otherwise known as Dallas’ score by quarter.
2) Kobe Bryant usually scores well into the 20s, if not 30s, even when he’s not shooting his best. Not Friday. He didn’t score much (17 points) and shot very poorly (six for 22, 27.2%), a double whammy on a team that just can’t afford it.
3) Wesley Johnson disappeared almost as quickly as he arrived in the final minute of the Houston game. He slipped to a quiet seven points and two rebounds in 26 minutes against Dallas.
4) Nick Young lost some of his swagger, making two of seven shots to finish with five points. It’s his third game back from a torn thumb ligament, so he gets a pass ... for now.
5) Jordan Hill continues to lay claim as the Lakers’ second-best player. He had 16 points on seven-for-seven shooting and finished with 10 rebounds in 29 minutes.