The Lakers and the Mavericks fought an active, energetic derby match in yesterday’s NBA weekend which was played at Staples Center in Downtown LA. The home team has now overcome their mid-season crisis by winning 2 games in a row. This time they won 108-96 against Dallas who were led by Luka Doncic.
Similar to the previous win over Portland, the Lakers maintained control of the result from the 1st quarter. At one point the Lakers had an 18-point lead over Dallas, an advantage that led to an easy win in the Staples Center.
The guests’ star Luka Doncic avoided a gruesome injury after falling straight on his back in the 2nd half. He was cleared to continue but after that, Doncic was isolated and Dallas had no chance of winning.
Lebron James scored only 13 points, but once again going above his assist season average with 16 passes. Antony Davis added 23 points with 9 rebounds and 4 assists followed by Kentavious-Caldwell Pope with 19. The freshly-returned Lakers player Dwight Howard had a season-high 15 points in 19 minutes. Kyle Kuzma spent 26 minutes on the court, with no points or assists and only 5 rebounds.
Despite the injury, Doncic scored 19 points.