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The Los Angeles Lakers went into Dallas on the high of a 2 game winning streak and looking to sweep their 3 game road trip, but Monte Ellis, Dirk Nowitzki and the Mavericks had other plans. The Mavericks shot a blistering 18 for 35 from 3 for 51 percent which was just too much to overcome for the Lakers who were only 5 for 13. The 39 point disparity from deep for the Mavs was the difference in their 140-106 victory over the Lakers Friday night.
“Man, they’ve got a lot of shooters,” said Bryant after the game. “They blitzkrieg-ed us there.”
Bryant had another bad shooting night, finishing 6 for 22 from the field and with 17 points. Bryant is now shooting 37.8 percent from the field on the season, but atop the NBA in scoring with his 26.7 points per game average.
A player that had sparked the Lakers mini resurgence Nick Young also couldn’t get it going on Friday; Young shot 2 for 7 from the field and ended the night with 5 points.
Jeremy Lin has been off and on all season and last night happened to be a night he was on, finishing with a team high18 points on 8 for 11 from the field.
“Maybe in that locker room, guys are satisfied with the last two wins and just took this one for granted and just started to look forward to going home,” Byron Scott said about the loss after the game. “You can’t do that if you want to be competitive in this league.”
The 140 points on the night for the Mavs was the most for their franchise since 2009. The win makes it 6 in a row for the Mavs which is the longest current winning streak tied with the Portland Trailblazers.
The Mavericks finished with 8 players in double figures, led by Dirk Nowitzki’s 23 and Chandlor Parsons 21.
Monte Ellis had started off ice cold in the game but started feeling it in the 3rd quarter. Ellis finished with 20 points.
Despite the loss the Lakers can celebrate a successful road trip where they went 2 and 1. The Lakers will play the Denver Nuggets at home on Sunday before going back on the road to play the Golden State Warriors on December 1st.