Mavericks 35, Lakers 31 wasn’t the score after the first quarter. Or any quarter. That’s the combined score from the second and third quarters. This one was ugly, uglier than any simile I’m allowed to make. A prettier game would be played in NBA 2K16 with both players spending most of the time reading texts.
Metta World Peace played crunch time minutes for the Lakers, Roy Hibbert‘s first made shot of the game was a 22-footer with 1:45 left. Kobe Bryant was all sleeves in the second half, after starting the night hot, making his first three shots. The NBA’s third all-time leading scorer had 7 points in the game’s first 3:05. After resting in LA’s previous two games, the 20-year veteran (wow) finished with 19 points on 7-15 shooting. Only his 24 point effort in the Lakers opener exceeded tonight’s total, but 47% shooting was by far his highest clip of the season.
Aside from Kobe Bryant’s likely final trip to Dallas –and the fact that this game was painfully starved for good basketball, the story of the night was Zaza Pachulia.
The Mavericks starting center continues to replace Tyson Chandler admirably, and has been one of the team’s best players through nine games. Zaza recorded his 5th double-double and 6th double digit rebounding game of the season. He set new season high’s in both points and rebounds, with 18 and 16 respectively in a monster night.
On the injury front –always a story with this budding Mavs season– Chandler Parsons started both halves, marking the first time this year he had done so as he continues to recover from offseason knee surgery. He tied his tops for the year with 9 points and did it on an efficient 4-6 shooting, including his 4th three pointer.
Dwight Powell added 10 points and 12 rebounds, his second double-double of the year and his career. Dirk Nowitzki struggled with his shot, making just 4 of 13 attempts. He missed a technical free throw and has now missed all three of those specific free throw shots this year. Strange. Aside from the big men Pachulia and Powell, the Mavs other scorer in double figurers was Deron Williams, who finished with 13 as well as 7 assists.
Aside from the Kobe Bryant plot thread, the Lakers are a team built for the future. With back-to-back lottery selections in the starting lineup, neither D’Angelo Russell or Julius Randle made waves tonight, but 2014’s 45th overall selection (Dwight Powell was 46th) Jordan Clarkson was the young Laker to steal the show. Clarkson had 21 points and was the only player in purple and gold to shoot more than Kobe. (That’s gonna sound like a shot, it isn’t)
Anyone who watched this game wire to wire is a great fan of the basketball, because this was really, really an ugly game. The victorious Mavericks shot 36.6 percent, L.A. 33% and that doesn’t even do it (in)justice. The Lakers also had 22 turnovers, Dallas 15 but again, no justice has been served. This was a sloppy game through and through, but at the end of the day, it’s a #MavsWinMavsWin and we’ll take it.
Mavericks: Zaza Pachulia, 18
Lakers: Jordan Clarkson, 21
Mavericks: Zaza Pachulia, 16
Lakers: Julius Randle & Brandon Bass, 10
Mavericks: Deron Williams, 7
Lakers: D’Angelo Russell, 5
Mavericks: Devin Harris, 2
Lakers: Roy Hibbert, 2 (5th in NBA entering tonight)
Mavericks: Deron Williams, 3
Lakers: Jordan Clarkson, 3
Mavericks: Devin Harris, +20
Lakers: Kobe Bryant, +5
Final: Dallas Mavericks 90 (5-4), Los Angeles Lakers 82 (1-8)
Next Game: Tomorrow @ Houston Rockets, 7:00 PM
Next Home Game: Friday, November 20th vs. Utah Jazz, 7:30 PM