The Lakers (9-38) lost their sixth straight game, falling to the Dallas Mavericks (26-21) on Tuesday night. Here are five takeaways from the Lakers' 92-90 defeat at Staples Center.
1. The young Lakers went toe-to-toe against the veteran Mavericks, despite playing without Kobe Bryant (shoulder). The deciding play was the offensive foul call on Lou Williams, putting an arm into J.J. Barea.
While the replay showed that Barea seemed to also pull Williams' arm into his own chest, followed by a flop, Williams did extend and make contact.
The officials called multiple offensive fouls throughout the game, arguably too many, so it wasn't much of a...