The Los Angeles Lakers played a sloppy game to end their five-game road trip in a 90-82 loss. Zaza Pachulia had his way with the Lakers, notching a double-double with 18 points and 16 rebounds, and the Mavericks held on in an ugly game to close out L.A.'s trip away from Staples Center.
The Lakers' offense completely stalled after they went on a 19-9 run to start the first quarter. They scored just 16 points in the second quarter and were even worse in the third, putting only 15 points on the board. Turnovers and an offense that was stagnant were a huge problem, even as Dallas also struggled to score. L.A. turned the ball over a season-high 20 times.
Kobe Bryant's first game back was a mixed bag. IT started off hot, with him making his first four shots and looking like the rest paid off, but his team-high six turnovers were a glaring issue. He ended the night with 19 points on 7-of-15 shooting. The Mavericks' offense wasn't much better than the Lakers', shooting a collective 36 percent, and Dirk Nowitzki struggled from the field after roasting Los Angeles in their previous meeting. He ended the game with nine points, making just four of his 13 field goals. Jordan Clarkson scored a team-high 21 points.
The Lakers' head back to Southern California now, with a game against the Detroit Pistons on Sunday in the first half of their second back-to-back of the seaosn. They'll try to avoid a five-game losing streak before going on a quick trip to Phoenix to face the Suns on Monday.