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FSM Recap: Lakers vs Mavericks – Game 16- 2023

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Los Angeles Lakers (9-7) | Dallas Mavericks (10-6)

 

It was the Lakers vs Mavricks on the tail end of back-to-back games for the Lakers, and Dallas took advantage of them with a 104-101 win.

The Lakers vs Mavericks played in L.A. on Wednesday.

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On Wednesday night, the Los Angeles Lakers find themselves on the back end of a home back-to-back, squaring off against the Dallas Mavericks, a team boasting the second-highest points per game at an impressive 122.8.

Fresh from a smackdown win against the Utah Jazz in the NBA In-Season Tournament, where they won 131-99, the Lakers secured the top spot in Group A, earning a coveted place in the quarterfinals.

Riding high on a three-game winning streak, they aimed to extend it to four and continue their dominance at home. With an impressive 7-1 record on their home court, the Lakers faced the challenge of containing the dynamic duo of Luka Doncic and Kyrie Irving in the Mavericks‘ backcourt.

Meanwhile, the Dallas Mavericks were looking to rebound after a 129-113 home loss to the Sacramento Kings. They entered the game trying to stop the Lakers‘ winning streak. The Mavericks, with a 5-3 record on the road, have an explosive offensive that can exploit opposing defenses.

This game served as a test for the Lakers. The Lake Show came into the game ranking sixth in the Western Conference, giving up an average of 112.6 points per contest.

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Lakers vs Mavricks First Quarter:

It was the start of the Lakers vs Mavericks first quarter. 

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Photo Credit: Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP

Max Christie got the start for the Lakers with Cam Reddish dealing with adductor soreness and got L.A. on the scoreboard with a 3-pointer. The Lakers were missing a lot of easy layups early though and then Grant Williams and Irving made back-to-back triples to get Dallas an early 10-5 lead.

The Lakers eventually responded with five straight of their own to tie it with Taurean Prince connecting on a corner 3, which was good to see given his recent struggles.

Rui Hachimura was the first sub off the bench for the Lakers and quickly got going with five straight points, although Doncic then responded with five straight for Dallas. Things stayed tight throughout the first quarter although the Mavericks eventually took a 29-25 lead into the second.

It was the end of the Lakers vs Mavericks first quarter. 

Lakers vs Mavricks 2nd Quarter:

The start of the Lakers vs Mavericks second quarter. 

The Lakers got sloppy to begin the second quarter with James committing a couple of turnovers, allowing the Mavericks to build a double-digit lead.

L.A. had trouble guarding the 3-point line as Dallas was hot for most of the second quarter. Davis was doing his part on the other end though, scoring some tough buckets down low to keep the game from getting away.

The Lakers weren’t able to get much else going to end the half though and went into the locker room trailing 62-46.

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Lakers vs Mavricks 3rd Quarter:

It was the start of the Lakers vs Mavericks third quarter. 

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Photo Credit: Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP

If the Lakers were going to get back in the game then a run needed to come in the third quarter.

Doncic and Irving stayed hot to begin the quarter although the Lakers began chipping away from there with D’Angelo Russell getting going offensively after a quiet first half.

With James and Davis not getting much going offensively and the Lakers continuing to commit some silly turnovers, they struggled in the third.

Irving drained another corner triple and the Mavericks led comfortably at 91-71 going into the fourth quarter.

It was the end of the Lakers vs Mavericks third quarter. 

Lakers vs Mavricks 4th Quarter:

It was the start of the Lakers vs Mavericks fourth quarter. 

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Photo Credit: Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP

James tried to get the Lakers back in it with a three-point play and a triple while Austin Reaves drained one as well, getting the deficit quickly back to 13. That forced a Dallas timeout, although that didn’t slow down Reaves as he had four straight points to cut the Mavericks lead to single digits.

The floodgates started to open from there for the Lakers with Prince and James both connecting from deep and then LeBron making a layup to get it down to just three.

Of course, it was Doncic and Irving that helped settle the Mavericks back in with back-to-back buckets to get their lead back to seven.

The Lakers continued to fight though, rattling off five quick points to force another Dallas timeout. Reaves then hit another floater to tie the game at 99 in the final two minutes.

The run didn’t stop there, though, as after another stop, James tipped one in and the Lakers had their first lead seemingly all night. That was short-lived though, as Irving drilled a 3 and the Mavericks led by one in the final seconds.

James then turned it over looking for Davis and Irving made a pair at the line. The Lakers had one final chance down three with 2.8 remaining but James missed at the buzzer, resulting in the loss.

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The Los Angeles Lakers will travel to Cleveland to take on the Cavs on Saturday, November 25th, at 4:30 pm PST. Thanks for visiting FranchiseSportsMedia.com for your Las Vegas Sports news today.

 

 

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