1. The Lakers outplayed the Mavericks for most of the game, but
He finished with a game-high 31 points.
"The biggest thing for me was to just get more aggressive," Ellis said. "Sometimes I can be my own enemy when I go to the basket and don't get the calls I think I should get."
2. The Lakers used their 11th different starting lineup of the season on Sunday. Coach
Scott said he expects to use the same starting group for about 10 games, which could mean Sacre is out of the rotation during that stretch (although Scott noted pregame, he may sit out
The Lakers have only three healthy guards, with Nick Young still battling through a knee injury. Scott prefers Jeremy Lin off the bench with
3. Rebounding was a strength for the Lakers against the Mavericks. The team collected 15 offensive boards to just six for Dallas, and 47-33 overall.
"They hit us for 24 offensive rebounds last time we played them, so we knew this was a challenging game on the boards, there's just no two ways about it," said Mavericks Coach
4. Jordan Clarkson had a solid game, with 15 points, six rebounds and five assists -- although he turned the ball over four times, and looked flustered late in the fourth.
"He will keep learning," said Scott. "Jordan's not the problem. Jordan's one of our bright spots. We will keep putting him in situations like this and he will continue to get better."
5. The Lakers are holding firm with the fourth-worst record in the
The Lakers are "behind" the
The Lakers still play the Timberwolves and 76ers twice each and the Knicks once. The Knicks and 76ers still play each other twice as well. The only way the Lakers can guarantee themselves a top-five pick is to finish with the first or second-worst records in the NBA. At third their odds are still high at 96%, but in their current fourth position, it's a less comfortable 83.8%.