Dallas Mavericks 140, Lakers 106
The Dallas Mavericks easily improved their record to 10-3, with a 34-point win over the defenseless Lakers.
The Mavericks scored at least 30 points in every quarter but it was their 42-point third quarter that put the Lakers away.
Offensively, the Lakers weren’t bad with five scorers in double figures and a collective 51.2% shooting percentage from the field.
Jeremy Lin scored 18 with five assists and Kobe Bryant contributed 17 and seven, respectively, but shot only 6 of 22 from the field.
Jordan Hill didn’t miss an attempt in seven tries to key a double-double of 16 points and 10 rebounds. Carlos Boozer contributed 12 while Robert Sacre hit all five of his attempts for 10 points off the bench.
None of that mattered, given the Lakers absent defense, allowing the Mavericks to shoot 62.2% from the field and 51.4% (18 of 35) from three-point range.
Dallas had eight scorers in double figures: Dirk Nowitzki (23 points), Chandler Parsons (21), Monta Ellis (20, along with 10 assists), J.J. Barea (16), Al-Farouq Aminu (13), Brandan Wright (12), Jameer Nelson 10 and Jae Crowder (10).
The Lakers were game through most of the first quarter, but an Ed Davis foul and Sacre turnover, helped the Mavericks finish the period with seven points in the final 5.9 seconds.
Dallas couldn’t pull away in the second quarter, but the third was no contest. Coach Byron Scott rested his starters for a non-competitive final period.
Wayne Ellington returned to action after a leave of absence following the death of his father. In 12 minutes, Ellington scored an efficient eight points on six shot attempts.
The Lakers (3-10) had their modeset two-game winning streak come to an end, but after a 1-9 start, the team won two of three on a difficult road trip. They’ll return home to face the Denver Nuggets (4-7) on Sunday.
The Mavericks visit the Houston Rockets (9-3) on Saturday.
Mavericks 110, Lakers 83 (end of the third quarter)
Dallas pulled away from the Lakers with a dominant third quarter.
The Mavericks scored 38 and 30 in the first and second quarters, respectively, then topped that in the third with 42 points.
Dirk Nowitzki has scored 23 points, followed by Chandler Parsons with 21 and Monta Ellis with 20 to go along with 10 assists. Dallas is shooting 65% from the field and 52% from three-point range.
The Mavericks also attempted 26 free throws to just nine for the Lakers.
Jeremy Lin leads the Lakers with 18 points, followed by Kobe Bryant with 17.
The Lakers are shooting 53.7% from the field and have 83 points in 36 minutes, but that doesn’t mean much given how many points the Mavericks have put on the board.
Mavericks 68, Lakers 59 (halftime)
After missing his first eight shots, Bryant connected on his ninth and finished the half with 11 points.
The Lakers shot 55.8% from the field and have been led in scoring by Jordan Hill and Jeremy Lin with 12 apiece, but the Mavericks’ offense proved to be as difficult to guard as advertised.
Dallas scored 38 points in the first quarter and 30 more in the second, shooting 59.5% from the field and 46.7% from three-point range.
Mavericks All-Star Dirk Nowitzki is the game’s high scorer with 19 points on 6-for-8 shooting. Jameer Nelson and Brandan Wright scored 10 each for Dallas.
Mavericks 38, Lakers 27 (end of the first quarter)
The Lakers lost focus through the final 5.9 seconds of the first quarter against the Mavericks.
Ed Davis fouled Dirk Nowitzki away from the ball for two free throws. Robert Sacre’s inbound pass went directly to Dallas’ Jae Crowder, who converted a layup with Sacre committing a foul.
Crowder missed the free throw but Dallas recovered the rebound and J.J. Barea converted a three-pointer at the buzzer. The Mavericks managed seven points in that 5.9-second span.
As a team the Mavericks shot 66.7% from the field and were led by Nowitzki with 13 points.
Kobe Bryant missed all seven of his shots, but scored four points with five assists and four rebounds.
The Lakers converted 45.8% of their shots from the field, led by Jordan Hill with eight points.
The Lakers (3-9) are looking to win their third game on a row on Friday when they visit the Dallas Mavericks (9-3).
The Mavericks are the NBA’s highest-scoring team at 108.9 points a game. They’re also beating opponents by a league-best 10.4 points.
Wayne Ellington will rejoin the Lakers after sitting out to mourn the death of his father. Ryan Kelly (hamstring), Steve Nash (back) and Julius Randle (leg) are out.
Point guard Devin Harris, who is close to returning from a lower-leg injury, will not play for the Mavericks while point guard Raymond Felton is under suspension after pleading guilty to a gun charge.
“He’s doing a little bit better,” Carlisle said of Harris. “We’ll have an announcement probably later in the day.”
About a half hour later, Carlisle sent reporters a text message saying Harris was out against the Lakers.
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