The Los Angeles Lakers and Dallas Mavericks exchanged blows in a back-and-forth contest, but the young Lakers came crashing back to reality after a 109-97 loss to the now 2-5 Mavs. Los Angeles was riding the high of a three-game win streak, but were unable to capitalize at home against a struggling Mavericks team that came in with a few notable injuries.
The Lakers had five players finish in double figures, led off the bench by Jordan Clarkson’s 22 points on 9-of-12 shooting. Nick Young scored 13 points right out of the gate, knocking down his first four shots, but was unable to carry that momentum throughout the night, finishing with 20 points. Julius Randle tallied another double-double with 15 points and 10 rebounds, but also had six turnovers in what was a sloppy game all around for the Lakers on both ends of the floor.
For Dallas, Harrison Barnes continued the early stages of what looks to be a breakout season, pouring in 31 points on 11-of-18 shooting while Seth Curry provided a major punch off the bench with 23 points. Just like old times, J.J. Barea annoyed Lakers fans again as he flirted with a triple-double with a final line of 18 points, eight assists and seven rebounds.
The Lakers had a chance to move to 5-3, but instead find themselves at 4-4 as they prepare to hit the road once again. While many will see this is a bad loss for the Lakers, it serves as a reminder that there are still growing pains to be endured as this young team continues to build its way back up. Another test awaits on Thursday as Los Angeles heads up to Sacramento to take on the Kings.