The next step in the Lakers’ evolution came at the cost of the team’s first loss at Staples Center this season.
The Dallas Mavericks ended the Lakers’ three-game winning streak with a 109-97 victory Tuesday night.
After beating the Atlanta Hawks, the Golden State Warriors and the Phoenix Suns, the Lakers struggled against a Mavericks team that entered the game with a 1-5 record. Harrison Barnes, coming off a 34-point performance in the Mavericks’ last game, scored 31 against the Lakers. Five Dallas players finished in double figures and the Mavericks shot 52.4%.
The loss dropped the Lakers to 4-4.
“Harrison was pretty...