The Los Angeles Lakers' swag streak has ended in a 140-106 loss to the Dallas Mavericks. The Lakers kept the game competitive through the first two quarters and trailed by nine going into halftime. A monster 42-point third quarter for Dallas, led by Monta Ellis' 18 points, turned a close game into a complete blowout.
Kobe Bryant struggled to match Ellis in the third, shooting just 3-of-10 right out of halftime. He ended the night making just six of his 22 field goal attempts for 17 points, but also had seven assists and five rebounds. Nick Young had his worst game since returning, scoring just five points on seven shots. Jeremy LIn led the team in scoring, having a great night from the field. He missed just three of his 11 attempts and dropped five dimes.
Dallas went into the game with the best offense in the NBA and only tightened their grip on that statistic with the way they tore apart the Lakers' defense. Ellis, Chandler Parsons and Dirk Nowitzki all broke 20 points while shooting at least 60 percent overall. Ellis also had 10 assists to go with his 20 points for a double-double. The Mavericks made more three-point shots (18) than the Lakers attempted through the game (13), and the purple and gold were blown out.
The road trip has ended for the Lakers, and this loss is just another loss. Los Angeles beat the Atlanta Hawks, shocked the Houston Rockets (even without Dwight Howard), and were essentially playing with house money in the final game of their journey outside of Southern California. Sweeping the trip would have been great, but two out of three isn't half bad. Back to L.A. for a date with the Denver Nuggets.
Oh, and the Lakers will be playing at home through the rest of November. Silver linings!