After trailing by as many as 17 points, the Dallas Mavericks roared home in the second half to make it back-to-back win over the Los Angeles Lakers, securing s 108-93 win at home.
Dwight Powell recorded a game-high 25 points and nine rebounds on a near-perfect 11-of-12 shooting, while Doiran Finney-Smith added 21 points. Despite an off-shooting night, (6-of-15), Luka Doncic helped turn the tide of the game with his playmaking, recording 18 points, 13 assists and eight rebounds.
Luka sinks the stepback from LONG RANGE late in the @dallasmavs comeback win! pic.twitter.com/0wDhL5gVY5- NBA (@NBA) April 25, 2021
Monster second half
After the Lakers held the Mavs to just 46 first-half points, thanks to some swarming defence on Luka Doncic, the Mavs roared back into the contest behind his playmaking in the third quarter and outscored the Lakers 62-35 in the second half.
"I never mind seeing trapping defences on him because he's so great at delivering the ball," Mavs head coach Rick Carlisle said post-game.
With the game tied up at 89-89 with 4:55 remaining, they found an extra gear to blow the game open, going on a 19-4 run to close the game on a scorching 7-of-11 from the field, while holding the Lakers to just 2-of-7 shooting.
As a team, the Mavericks held the Lakers to 93 points tonight and improved to 12-0 when keeping their opponent under 100 points.- Mavs PR (@MavsPR) April 25, 2021
The Mavs held Los Angeles to 14 points in the fourth quarter, a season-best for the final frame. pic.twitter.com/eKIl8GFs7A
Doncic adjusted in the second half, recording 10 of his 13 dimes after the break, taking advantage of the double teams by finding open cutters and shooters with regularity as the Lakers dared his teammates to shoot.
And they duly obliged.
"We had the mindset to make other guys beat us," Lakers coach Frank Vogel said post-game. "We were late, not tough enough with those rotations."
With Kristaps Porzingis a late scratch from this game with an ankle injury, Dwight Powell was the man in the middle for the Mavs and he made them pay, scoring 12 of his 25 points in the fourth quarter.
With Doncic swarmed with defenders, he and Powell pick-and-rolled the Lakers to death as he fell just one point shy of his career-high on a near-perfect 11-of-12 shooting from the field.
His fourth-quarter performance included a personal 6-0 run which gave them their first lead since the first quarter at 89-87.
Go off then 🤭@DwightPowell33 | #MFFL pic.twitter.com/2Tkl2TjLuZ- Dallas Mavericks (@dallasmavs) April 25, 2021
Davis making progress
Anthony Davis was scheduled to play just 25 minutes in his second game back after missing two months with a calf/Achilles injury.
After scoring just four points on 2-of-10 shooting in 16 minutes in their previous game against the Mavs, Davis finished with 17 points in 28 minutes tonight, struggling shooting the ball, going 6-of-15 from the field and 0-of-6 from beyond the arc.
While he's still working his way back to game fitness, he had flashes against the Mavs, particularly late in the second quarter where he scored 10 of his 17 points to help the Lakers take a 58-46 halftime lead.
With 12 regular-season games remaining, the Lakers won't be rushing the progress of the eight-time All-Star, with more than enough time to ramp things up ahead of the playoffs.
McLemore fitting right in
Ben McLemore got his first start in a Laker uniform after Kentavious Caldwell-Pope was ruled out with a right ankle sprain and he carried the offensive load early in this one.
He was lights out from beyond the arc, going 6-of-10 on his way to a team-high 20 points, accounting for half of the Lakers' 3-point makes on the night (12-of-45).
"Ben gave us a good life, especially at the start of the game," Vogel said.
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Ben McLemore drills 4 triples in the opening minutes on ABC! pic.twitter.com/FfAizmIjMV
Nine games into his Laker career, McLemore looks like he will be a solid roation piece come the post-season with his ability to space the floor and knock down open shots, exactly what the Lakers need.
The Lakers continue their road trip when they visit the Orlando Magic on Monday (ET) as they look to snap their three-game losing streak, while the Mavs begin a three-game road trip beginning in Sacramento on Monday.
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