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FSM Recap: Lakers vs Mavericks – Game 42 – 2023

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Los Angeles Lakers (21-21)  |  Dallas Mavericks (24-18)

 

On Wednesday night, it was an early start at Crypto.com Arena for the Lakers vs Mavericks. D’Angelo Russell, Anthony Davis, and LeBron James led the way for the Lakers in their 127-110 win over the Dallas Mavericks.

 

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The Los Angeles Lakers hosted the Dallas Mavericks on Wednesday night in a rare 5:30 p.m. tipoff. This marked the third game this season between the Mavericks, who won the first two meetings.

It was the first time all of the stars were available for both teams, as LeBron James, Anthony Davis, Kyrie Irving, and Luka Doncic were all in uniform. Ultimately, the Lakers came out on top, cruising to a 127-110 victory to get back to .500 at 21-21.

Davis flirted with another triple-double, scoring 28 points with 12 rebounds and nine assists. James had a slow start but picked it up in the second half, ending with 25 points, eight rebounds and eight assists.

D’Angelo Russell had another excellent offensive game, scoring 29 points. Austin Reaves chipped in with 14 points and seven assists for the Lakers.

We just got to bottle it up and continue to work at it and go back, look at the film, see what we can do better, and try to sustain what we’re doing,” Ham said after the game.

 

Lakers vs Mavericks First Quarter:

 

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The big men got off to a good start in this one as Dereck Lively II had Dallas’s first six points while Davis got L.A. on the board with a dunk.

With the game tied at 10, the Mavericks rattled off seven straight points to take control early. Davis started to get going from there, though, with a pair of buckets to keep the Lakers close until James went in his bag, and they actually regained the lead.

While James and Davis had it going early, other guys like Max Christie and Rui Hachimura started to contribute off the bench, and L.A. led 32-26 at the end of the first quarter.

 

Lakers vs Mavericks 2nd Quarter:

 

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The start of the second quarter was ugly for both teams; it was filled with turnovers and missed open shots. Doncic eventually did what he does, but despite his efforts, things opened up offensively from there with Austin Reaves scoring five straight points for L.A.

Reaves hit one of his signature 3-pointers, and AD made a hook shot to extend the Laker’s lead to four. The Lakers‘ lead kept hovering around four to six for much of this quarter because the Mavericks were able to answer any time the Lakers were trying to go on a run.

After Taurean Prince was called for a Flagrant one foul on Grant Williams, which allowed the Mavericks to close the half strong and cut their deficit to 55-53 going into the locker room.

 

Lakers vs Mavericks 3rd Quarter:

 

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James was in attack mode for the Lakers to begin the third quarter, earning him a three-point play. D’Angelo Russell took over from there with five straight, and then Davis had a layup to extend the lead to double digits for the first time.

The Lakers continued extending the lead from there as Russell hit another triple, and then Reaves hit Prince with an alley-oop in transition. After James buried a 3 of his own, the lead ballooned to 22.

Dallas answered from there with eight straight points, although Davis continued to dominate on both ends, and L.A. took a 97-80 lead into the fourth and final quarter.

 

Lakers vs Mavericks 4th Quarter:

 

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Jarred Vanderbilt is the Lakers worker bee who works perfectly with this team and lets everyone else be great at their jobs. Lakers Coach Darvin Ham has tried to duplicate him in his absence, but you can not replicate what Vando provides for this team, and he showed that on Wednesday night.

With Vanderbilt back taking on the tough defensive assignments, wreaking havoc on opponents, and cleaning up the glass, it allowed the rest of the Lakers to do damage. Vando had nine rebounds against the Mavericks, helping the Lakers win the rebounding battle 45-43.

Ham didn’t allow the team to take their foot off the gas in the fourth as they continued to outscore and outplay the Mavericks. Russell also ensured that didn’t happen, as he continued to pour it on from deep, getting the lead to 23 just two minutes into the fourth quarter.

With 4:44 left in the game, he finally felt comfortable that no fake comeback would threaten this victory and emptied the bench.

A great defense is the best offense because you got to force turnovers, you’re going to force bad shots most times, long, bad, long shots,Ham said after the game. “So those shots, those deflections, those steals, those block shots, they all 90% of the time start the fast break. So you’re able to get out and transition and get easy looks, collapse the defense going back the other way. And that opens up your shooters as well as you saw D-Lo, AR getting some really good open looks from three in transition as well as Bron too.

 

The Los Angeles Lakers will be home as they take on the Brooklyn Nets on Friday, January 19th, at 7:30 pm PST. Thank you for visiting FranchiseSportsMedia.com for your Las Vegas Sports news.

 

 

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