If nothing else has been proven during this tough season for the Dallas Mavericks, it’s that they own the Los Angeles Lakers. For the third time this season, the Mavs easily defeated the Lakers by double-digits, only this time it was a complete and utter blowout, as the Mavs cruised to a 122-73 win at home on Sunday afternoon — the most lopsided result in Lakers history.
“We had a good day, and they struggled,’’ Dallas coach Rick Carlisle understated. “I think we had something to do with their struggles. We played well.’’
The Mavs did indeed play well, as they dominated every facet of this game from wire to wire. They won the battles in rebounding and in the paint, shot nearly 50 percent from the field and 43.9 percent from three, had 27 assists to just 10 turnovers, and were a perfect 19-19 from the line. The Mavs bench also nearly equaled the offensive production of the entire Lakers team, scoring an enormous 63 points as a unit.
The bench was so good on Sunday in fact, that no starter for Dallas played over 27 minutes, or scored more than 14 points. This thing was over pretty quickly, and Carlisle was able to use the majority of the contest not relying on Harrison Barnes (his double-digit scoring streak ending at 43 games) to get some playing time for his younger and more developmental guys, such as Nico Brussino (eight points), Pierre Jackson (10 points), Dorian Finney-Smith (seven points) and Justin Anderson (19 points). ... all fun candidates for your "Dirkie'' vote here!
"It was a good day for us because didn’t have anybody that played crazy minutes,’’ Carlisle said. “It was good.”
Speaking of Anderson, his 19 points helped him end the game as the Mavs leading scorer, and he did so while shooting 5-11 from the field, and 3-6 from beyond the arc.
“It’s been hard,’’ said Anderson of having been erased from the rotation of late. “But I want to continue to remain humble. This may be the best thing that could happen to me. I want to be optimistic and continue to work hard on my game, and continue to grow. I know who I am. Just remain humble and make sure I maximize my potential.”
Said Rick of Anderson: “He’s been working extremely hard. He put himself in a position to succeed today. You’re looking and the stats and numbers, so he scored and made shots, which was great. I thought he went hard, he took a charge – a lot of positives there.’’
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The one blemish on this game for Dallas was the loss of Wesley Matthews to an apparent hip strain. Matthews sat out the rest of the game following the injury, though it’s expected Wes will not be forced to miss any time.
The Lakers’ day, on the other hand, could not have been any worse.
Lou Williams led the team in scoring with 15 points, on just 4-11 from the field. Jordan Clarkson, who spent most of his time at the point guard spot filling in for the injured D’Angelo Russell, was the only other Laker in double-figures with 10. (Young Julius Randle, the DFW native, had nine points, six rebounds, four assists and a steal.) All of this for a franchise that once upon a team could threaten to have one player all by himself score around 73 points against the Mavs. In fact, it's 11 years to the day that Kobe Bryant scored 81 against Toronto.
“We didn’t show up to play, honestly, which is frustrating,’’ said LA coach Luke Walton. “Honestly, it’s embarrassing for us as a team and for us as an organization.’’
As a team, the Mavs held L.A. to just 38.4 percent from the field, 14.3 percent from three, and forced them into 18 turnovers while allowing only 11 assists.
The victory is Dallas’ third in three tries against the Lakers, the 13th straight win against the Lakers, and the fifth win out of six tries in Sunday afternoon tilts this season; it’s too bad the Mavs can’t always play under those two circumstances! Now, the victory also only moved the team to 15-29 on the year, just a half-game ahead of Phoenix for the last spot in the West. Still, if nothing else, it was no doubt a therapeutic win for the Mavs after a tough OT loss to Utah on Friday night.
“I think our team was a little angry about the last loss,’’ Anderson said. “Coming in to this one, we wanted to refocus and try to get one.’’