Game Report: Lakers defeat Mavericks 115-89
The Lakers throttled the Mavericks tonight with a total team attack that began at the opening tip and did not let up until the game was well in hand. The Lakers were up by 13 after the first quarter and 27 at the half, and the Mavericks never challenged after that.
Six players scored in double figures, and Coach D’Antoni was able to give all 13 of his players at least two minutes of playing time. No Laker played as many as 34 minutes, providing some much-needed rest to the starters.
It was an especially impressive performance, given that the Lakers were on the road and playing their fourth game in five nights.
There are a couple of defensive statistics that jump off the box score. First of all, the Lakers out-rebounded the Mavericks 61-39. The Lakers are a big team, and they played like a big team. If you have an advantage, you should use it, and the Lakers did that tonight.
Secondly, the Lakers held the Mavericks to 37% shooting from the field. You will win at least nine times out of 10 when you are able to force your opponent to miss so often – especially when you are also dominating the rebounding battle.
It should be noted that last night was a rough night to be Mark Cuban. While it might be fun to trade places with Cuban for a week some time, I wouldn’t have wanted to trade places with him last night, as “Let’s Go Lakers!” chants came raining down on him in Dallas.
At least Cuban can be thankful that it wasn’t Steve Nash who opened the can of whoop-ass on the Mavericks last night.
Lakers Player of the Game
For the second game in a row, Antawn Jamison is the Lakers Player of the Game, as he put up 19 points (7-11 FG) and pulled down 15 rebounds in just under 30 minutes of play. It was the third game a Lakers player has gone for at least 15 points and 15 rebounds this year (Howard has done it twice).
After the previous game – a loss to Memphis – I tweeted that the Lakers can’t win games in which Antawn Jamison is their best player. I humbly stand corrected.
Also, a special thanks to @808Rich, who responded to my query as to why Jamison’s name is spelled “Antawn” but pronounced “Antwan.” Apparently, it was simply misspelled on his birth certificate and never corrected. Here’s hoping that Maternity Ward Proofreading position has since been filled….
Tonight’s Top Two Tweets in my Twitter Feed
“Kobe: ‘I’ll be scoring a lot more when Nash gets back. I won’t have to facilitate as much and it will allow me to do what I do best.” – Mike Trudell (@LakersReporter), post-game tweet
“Pau is getting to sit out the fourth quarter under far different circumstances tonight … LA 98, DAL 71 with 6:46 to play.” – Kevin Ding (@KevinDing), late-game tweet
Tuesday, November 27 vs. the Indiana Pacers, 7:30 p.m. PST