DALLAS (AP) – Luka Doncic had 18 points and 13 assists. The Dallas Mavericks overcame a 17-point deficit to beat Los Angeles 108-93 on Saturday night infrom a long injury absence. Dwight Powell 25 points in the fourth quarter, including a six-point run for Dallas that featured the bucket that gave the Mavericks their first lead since the first quarter at 89-87.
The Mavericks swept a two-game home set against the defending NBA champs and moved ahead of Portland, the all-important sixth seed in the Western Conference. The No. 7 team has to make the playoffs through a play-in format. The Lakers, still without fellow star LeBron
James, missingtwo nights after he led LA with a season-high 29 points in a 115-110 loss, dropped the season series with Dallas. Doncic was just 6 of 15 from the field against swarming double teams, with the Mavericks missing the Slovenian star’s European sidekick, Kristaps Porzingis, after the 7-foot-3 Latvian in the second half of the Dallas victory over the Lakers. LA is just 1 1/2 games ahead of the Mavericks for fifth place in the Western Conference.
Dallas missed another starter after Josh Richardson reported right hamstring tightness during the morning shootaround. Powell, Dorian Finney-Smith (21 points), and JJ Redick.
Redick hit one of his two 3-pointers for a seven-point lead before Doncic connected on a deep step-back 3 for Dallas’ first 10-point edge at 101-91. The Mavericks outscored the Lakers 62-35 in the second half.
Davis was sluggish again, coming off 30, finishing 5 of 19 from the field. The eight-time All-Star’s best stretch came 10 of his 17 points to help the Lakers turn a four-point edge into a 58-46 halftime lead.
The Mavericks got even at the end of the third quarter when Tim Hardaway Jr., 1 of 10 from the field at that point, pulled up for a buzzer-beating 3-pointer and a 79-all tie.
Ben McLemore, making his first start in nine games for the Lakers in Caldwell-Pope’s absence, was 4 of 5 from 3 in the first quarter and finished with 20 points, his most for LA. McLemore was 6 of 10 from deep.
Lakers: C Marc Gasol returned after missing three games because of alittle finger, scoring a point with seven rebounds in 18 minutes. … Dennis Schroder had 16 points and ten assists. Kyle Kuzma scored 14.
Mavericks: Coach Rick Carlisle said the club didn’t think the ankle injury was serious for Porzingis, who was out for the 20th time in 59 games. He also has been sidelined by knee and back issues. … F Maxi Kleber returned after missing a game with a lower back contusion, getting nine points and ten rebounds. … Doncic was quarter. He’s two away from a one-game suspension.
Lakers: LA is at Orlando on Monday in the third game of a four-game trip. The Lakers canbut are just 2-8 at Amway Center.
Mavericks: A three-gamestarts in Sacramento on Monday. It’s the first of two weekly meetings, with the Mavericks trying to from a 121-107 loss to the Kings in Dallas eight days earlier.
More AP NBA: https://apnews.com/hub/NBA and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
Sign up for Daily Newsletters
Copyright © 2021 The, LLC.