DALLAS – The Dallas Mavericks were looking to make it 15 straight victories against the Los Angeles Lakers, Saturday afternoon, loosing in overtime 107-101 at the American Airlines Center. The Lakers had not defeated the Mavericks since early in 2013.
The Mavs lost their 4th quarter 10-point lead, which took the game to overtime. Coach Rick Carlisle said the combination of shooting poorly and not getting stops on defense was the reason the Mavs lost today.
Rookie point guard Dennis Smith Jr. was the leading scorer for Dallas, finishing with 23 points on 8-of-19 shooting, 3 assists and 2 rebounds. Smith played a season high 39 minutes because backup point guard J.J. Barea had limited playing time as he is dealing with an aggravated groin. Harrison Barnes and Wesley Mathews each added 17 points, and Dwight Powell finished with 13 points off the bench.
Dallas native Julius Randle posted his ninth double double of the season (61 st career) with a game – high tying 23 points to go along with a game high 15 rebounds, two assists and a game high seven turnovers in 34 minutes. Lakers rookie forward Kyle Kuzma notched his 10th career double double with 18 points, 10 rebounds, three assists and one steal in 36 minutes off the bench.
The Mavericks have a couple days off before heading to Denver to face the Nuggets on Tuesday night.
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