The Dallas Mavericks head to Staples Center to face the Los Angeles Lakers on Sunday night. Both teams are coming into this game on the back of a convincing victory in their previous game.
Mavericks cruise past Warriors on Doncic triple-doubleForm
The confidence has returned to the Mavericks team now that Luka Doncic has also come back from injury. The Mavericks have won three of their last four games to move to 21-10 for the season. The Mavs cruised past the Warriors 141-121 in their previous game.
Luka Doncic led the scoring with a triple-double that included 31 points. Tim Hardaway Jr. chipped in with 25 points. Kristaps Porzingis and Seth Curry also combined for 35 points for the Mavs, who hit 24 three-pointers.
What was said?
"I didn't expect they were going to trap me in the half court," Doncic said. "If they trap me, they have to play four-on-three basketball, which is easy. It's not just one player on the court, we have five, and if they trap me, I'm glad. We're going to hit those open shots. That's easy basketball for us."
Lakers break four-game losing streakForm
Nottoo strong. The Lakers had suffered four straight losses, almost unfathomable at one point this season. But their losing run was snapped with a 128-120 win over the Portland Trail Blazers in their previous game. The Lakers are now 25-7 for the season.
Kyle Kuzma led the scoring with 24 points, while LeBron James had 21 points and 16 assists. Anthony Davis was able to score 20 points with nine boards. Rajon Rondo and Kentavious Caldwell Pope chipped in with double-digit scoring.
What was said?
“We want him to be that third scorer for us, consistently get to 18 to 20 points a night and more important you know, it’s just the efficiency right now that I love,” James said of Kuzma. “He’s just been very efficient mixing it up with his 3s, his paint touches. You saw it tonight on the break as well, just mixing it up.”
The Lakers are inside the top 10 in point scoring this season. They have scored an average of 112.6 points per game, ninth in the NBA. They also average 26 assists per game, seventh in the league.
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