Los Angeles Lakers lost to the Dallas Mavericks and are out of Play-In spots. Without LeBron James, the Los Angeles Lakers suffered a knockout blow that could leave the team of the best player in the world without chances to be in the NBA playoffs.
By Facundo Di Bona (@facudibona).
Luka Doncic and the Dallas Mavericks showed no mercy against Los Angeles Lakers without LeBron James and Anthony Davis and took advantage of the situation to throw one more shovelful of dirt on a team that seems to be defenestrated and that ends the day out of the Play-In spots with a score of 128-110.
Los Angeles Lakers have been overtaken in the standings by the San Antonio Spurs, who would now be tenth and would play in the playoffs for the last two spots in the NBA Playoffs.
The 11 seed Los Angeles Lakers pic.twitter.com/CfFfXETW7h
— Barstool Sports (@barstoolsports) March 30, 2022
The reality for the Dallas Mavericks is quite the opposite: they are in fourth place in the Western Conference and are just one game behind the Golden State Warriors in the fight for third place.
This new debacle for the Lakers began in a first half to forget in which Frank Vogel’s defense was all over the place and highlighted the current difference between the two teams.
With an unleashed Doncic -he finished the first quarter with 17 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists- Dallas sealed their victory in just 24 minutes, when the scoreboard already showed a definitive 82-56.
— NBA (@NBA) March 30, 2022
You have to go back to a time when the Lakers didn’t even live in Los Angeles to find a first half with so many points scored: February 27, 1959, when the Boston Celtics beat the Minneapolis Lakers 173-139 after scoring 83 points in the first half.
The Lakers coach tried to put one more twist on a squad pinned on pins, but couldn’t get the machinery to work against a Mavericks that didn’t even need Doncic during the final quarter.
If this Dallas Mavericks roster finishes with a top 5 NBA record, how do you not show major love in media voting to Jason Kidd (COY) and Luka Dončić (MVP)? pic.twitter.com/xbRYVUHqAt
— Landon Thomas (@sixfivelando) March 30, 2022
Luka Doncic had already done his homework beforehand and ended up signing the 46th triple-double of his career with a total of 34 points, 12 rebounds and 12 assists. He also tied Wilt Chamberlain as the fifth player with the most triple-doubles (21) over 30 points.
On the Mavericks, in addition to Doncic, six other players scored more than 10 points against the Lakers, but none reached 20. Reggie Bullock was the second-best scorer for Dallas, with 17 points.
THIS BOY IS ON ??? pic.twitter.com/84NiqnyUz2
— Dallas Mavericks (@dallasmavs) March 29, 2022
Los Angeles Lakers had in Malik Monk their top scorer with 28 points -6 of 10 in three-pointers- and second to Russell Westbrook with 25 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists.
Numbers that were insufficient to avoid a new setback for a team that has few lives left to hold on to. Especially considering a schedule with seven tough games remaining: Utah Jazz, New Orleans Pelicans, Denver Nuggets, Phoenix Suns, Golden State Warriors, Oklahoma City Thunder and the Nuggets again.
C'mon now. That's tuff.
— SLAM (@SLAMonline) March 30, 2022
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