The Los Angeles Lakers put up a fight down to the final possession, but Dirk Nowtizki's two clutch fourth-quarter baskets put the nails in the coffin of a 92-90 loss. Nowitzki drained a baseline jumper over the top of Randle to give the Dallas Mavericks the lead and final basket of the night.
J.J. Barea was absolutely dominant, as he tends to be when he lines up against the Lakers. He scored a team-high 18 points, making eight of his 17 attempts. Barea danced to the rim through most of the first half, finishing in the paint with relative ease as the Lakers' interior defense struggled. Nowtizki had a relatively quiet, scoring just 13 points, but also notched the final four points to clinch the Mavericks' victory.
Julius Randle started off the game hot, making four mid-range jumpers in the first half as he held onto his spot in the starting lineup despite the return of Larry Nance, Jr. He ended the night with another double-double, putting in 16 points and 11 rebounds. The Lakers put the ball in his hands with the game on the line, but Randle putting up a desperation three-pointer was a less-than-ideal outcome for the final possession. Jordan Clarkson had a solid game across the board, scoring 18 points, seven assists and six rebounds. D'Angelo Russell scored 12 points with no assists in 24 minutes off the bench.
The Lakers are off Wednesday and tip off a back-to-back when Pau Gasol and the Chicago Bulls visit Staples Center Thursday.