Lakers overcome 27-point deficit to beat Mavs
Anthony Davis dunked a missed shot and screamed after giving the Los Angeles Lakers a complete lead with two minutes remaining.
A 27-point deficit in Starr’s showcase went from laughter to thriller, with 13 lead changes in the fourth quarter.
Davis had 30 points and 15 rebounds while LeBron James had 26 points and the Lakers had their biggest rally in 21 years.
LA’s fourth win in five games came after trailing by 27 points in the middle of the second quarter. The same deficit that the Lakers faced at the start of Game 4 at home against Dallas on his December 6, 2002, he finished with a perfect 30. Points rally with a 105-103 win.
“They were never discouraged,” Lakers coach Durbin Hamm said. “They had frustration on their faces, but there was no defeat on their faces. I just wanted to.”
Luka Doncic scored 26 points for the Mavs, but the youngest of the four superstars was primarily defending Jared Vanderbilt after Dallas took a huge 14-point first quarter lead. I was limited and frustrated by
Kyrie Irving had 21 points and 11 rebounds for Dallas, but he failed to win against an underdog San Antonio in the fourth quarter, like his first victory since the Doncic trade from Brooklyn.
“If you want to win a championship, you have to grow,” Mavs coach Jason Kidd said. worked on the game, and that’s what we have to improve on.”
Davis and James were the standout players in the fourth quarter as trade winner D’Angelo Russell was sidelined after spraining his ankle in the previous game’s win over defending champions Golden State.
The Lakers looked like an ankle scare with James when the rally was building momentum in the 3rd quarter.
“I feel better,” James said after the game after limping through a tunnel. “But I definitely wasn’t going to go to the locker room and finish the game. I felt that with the importance of this game and the momentum we had, we could steal one after going down.
After injury, James hit a tying 3-pointer to give LA its first lead since midway through the fourth quarter.
After taking a 104-103 lead on Davis’ rebounds and dunks with 2:00 left, James took the lead by three points.
The Mavericks were still 3 down with 15 seconds remaining when an inbounds pass from Irving to Doncic headed into the backcourt. Doncic, thinking it would be a turnover if he didn’t, ran to keep him out of the backcourt.
Davis grabbed a loose ball and forced a foul on Dallas. Doncic could have released the ball into midcourt without Dallas losing possession.
Irving said he threw the ball toward the backcourt to give Doncic space, and thought the soon-to-be-24-year-old would know he could get the ball past midcourt.
“When I saw him trying to save from halfcourt, I saw him about a minute later, ‘Did you know you can go to the backcourt?'” Irving said. “He’s like, ‘Oh, that’s my fault.’ This is what it’s like when you’re learning from each other in-game.”
LA’s other trade pickup, Vanderbilt, had 15 points, 17 rebounds and four steals, including two, during a 12-0 third quarter run, keeping a deficit within 10 for the first time since the first half. I made it
Lakers: LA won despite a 15-0 start from 3-point range and were 30-0 from the deep by the second quarter. The comeback was methodical and inside-oriented as the Lakers outscored the Mavericks 62-32 in the paint. …Dennis Schroeder scored his 16 points and his game-high eight assists.
Mavericks: Dallas calmed down after starting 8-of-26 after the break. Doncic made his first three, but he missed four of his final five. Irving came out of the deep after halftime where he was 1 of 8. … Tim Hardaway Jr. scored 17 points by blocking a shot from James, running down a loose ball and throwing a long pass to Doncic for a layup just before the first quarter buzzer. It fueled Dallas’ early surge.
Lakers: Tuesday in Memphis.
Mavericks: Indiana visits on Tuesday.