A late run got the Lakers to within three points of the Mavericks in the final seconds, but
Young, like most of his teammates, struggled to make shots for most of the game before catching fire in the final quarter. The Lakers shot only 36.4% from the field but dominated the Mavericks on the offensive glass, 24-6.
The Lakers' 63 misses from the field had something to do with the discrepancy; Dallas shot 50.6% from the field, missing just 41 shots. The Lakers also had 16 turnovers to the Mavericks' 13.
Mavericks point guard
The Lakers (9-21) return home to host the
The Lakers have dominated the offensive glass tonight in Dallas, primarily because they were struggling to get the ball to drop through the rim.
Down 10 points after three quarters, the Lakers had 21 offensive boards to just five for the Mavericks, while shooting 32.4% to Dallas' 54.1%.
The Lakers recovered in the second quarter, wiping out a seven-point deficit to tie the score at 30-all.
The Mavericks settled down and extended their lead right back to nine. By the end of the first half Friday night in Dallas, the Lakers had trimmed the deficit once again to six points.
The Mavericks made 56.8% of their shots from the field while the Lakers converted only 33.3%. Dallas turned ball over 11 times compared to the Lakers' nine miscues.
The Lakers had an 11-2 advantage on the offensive glass.
The Lakers started slowly against the Mavericks on Friday night, very slowly.
Dallas scored 10 unanswered points to open the game, led by nine from center
The Mavericks shot 57.9%, also with five turnovers.
After a Christmas Day loss to the
The Mavericks have lost two in a row as they work in new point guard
For an in-depth breakdown, check out Preview: Lakers at Dallas Mavericks.