hand Lakers worst loss in franchise history
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[January 23, 2017]
DALLAS -- The Los Angeles Lakers
endured some low points in recent seasons, but the nadir occurred
The Dallas Mavericks blitzed Los Angeles in the second quarter and
handed the Lakers the worst loss in franchise history, 122-73.
"We have teaching points, but what I say to them behind those doors,
that is between us," Lakers coach Luke Walton said. "I think they
understand and would agree and would feel inside the same way that I
It was the Mavericks' largest margin of victory and 13th consecutive
win against the Lakers. Dallas missed its first 50-point victory
since a win over Philadelphia on Nov. 13, 2014.
The Mavericks, whose 15-29 record is better than the marks of just
four NBA teams, including the Lakers (16-32), snapped to a two-game
Dallas rode a 31-9 surge in the second quarter that built upon its
29-22 lead after one quarter. The margin quickly ballooned into
double digits and then reached as high as 34 points in the second
quarter, a lead that was insurmountable for the short-handed Lakers,
who failed in an attempt to win consecutive games for the first time
since Nov. 12.
The Mavericks took a 67-33 lead into the locker room, and the
advantage grew in the second half. The Lakers dropped to 3-11 this
season when playing without starting point guard D'Angelo Russell,
who sustained knee and calf injuries in Los Angeles' win over the
Indiana Pacers on Friday night.
The Mavericks, who followed a season-best, three-game game winning
streak with consecutive close losses to the Miami Heat and Utah Jazz
on Thursday and Friday, respectively, shot 50 percent from the floor
in the first half, including 9 of 20 from 3-point range.
The Lakers were a brutal 13 of 37 from the floor -- including 2 of
16 from beyond the arc -- in the first half and committed nine
turnovers. Dallas outrebounded Los Angeles 28-15 before the break,
including 8-2 on the offensive glass.
For the game, the Mavericks outshot the Lakers 49.4 percent to 38.4
percent and amassed a 49-32 edge on the glass.
"You've got to point to our defense. In that second quarter, I
thought we did a great job defensively, setting the tone and setting
the tempo," said Mavs guard Deron Williams, who finished with 13
points and eight assists. "It created a lot of offense off the
turnovers, and then just getting out and running. They only had 11
points in that quarter, so our defense got us going."
The Lakers put up little resistance in the third quarter as Dallas
grew its lead to 37 points.
The margin hit 40 points for the first time at 99-59 with just under
10 minutes to go in the fourth quarter. The biggest lead was 53
points as the Mavericks nearly doubled the Lakers' scoring.
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Lakers guard Nick Young (0) is fouled by Dallas Mavericks forward
Dwight Powell (7) during the second quarter at the American Airlines
Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports
Dallas got extremely balanced scoring with seven players finishing
in double figures, but with no player totaling more than Justin
Anderson's 19 points. Anderson, who has had trouble maintaining a
spot in coach Rick Carlisle's rotation, was 5 of 11 from the floor,
3 of 6 from 3-point range. Guard Seth Curry had 14 points, and Dirk
Nowitzki and Wesley Matthews each scored 13 points.
Matthews had to leave the game with a hip injury.
"A little hip strain or something. Not considered serious," Mavs
coach Rick Carlisle said. "I don't expect him to miss Wednesday
(when the New York Knicks visit Dallas). We're going to be off
(Monday). We'll practice Tuesday; there will be an update on
Tuesday. I don't think he'll be missing Wednesday -- that's just my
opinion. He said he's OK, just a little bit tight."
Only two Lakers players scored in double figures -- Lou Williams
with 15 points and Jordan Clarkson with 10. Luol Deng, Justin Randle
and Nick Young all scored nine points.
Los Angeles shot a paltry 14.3 percent from beyond the arc, making
must 3 of 21 attempts.
"They hit shots, we didn't. They defended, we didn't. It's as simple
as that," said Lakers forward Larry Nance Jr., who had four points
in 10 minutes of playing time. "I don't know why we didn't defend.
Some nights shots don't fall, but it's unacceptable to give up 122
on any night."
NOTES: Mavericks G J.J. Barea likely will be out until after next
month's NBA All-Star Game after sustaining a left calf strain in
Friday's loss against Utah, coach Rick Carlisle said. ... Dallas C
Andrew Bogut (right hamstring strain) could return this week,
according to Carlisle. ... With his eight assists, Mavericks PG
Deron Williams passed Kevin Johnson (6,711) for 20th place on the
NBA's career list. ... Lakers PG D'Angelo Russell will miss one to
two weeks after an MRI confirmed a mild MCL sprain in his right
knee, a right calf strain and a bone bruise. Russell, who did not
make the trip to Dallas, will be re-evaluated in one week. ... Los
Angeles F Larry Nance Jr. is on a restriction with total time and
consecutive minutes played, coach Luke Walton said.
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