Recap: Lakers fall flat in the second half, lose 114-100 to the Mavericks

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – DECEMBER 01: LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers passes the ball as Luka Doncic #77 of the Dallas Mavericks defends during the first half at Staples Center on December 01, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Katharine Lotze/Getty Images)

The Los Angeles Lakers suffered their first blowout loss of the young season, losing 114-100 to the Dallas Mavericks on this Sunday afternoon. The loss “drops” the Lakers to 17-3.

Meh. Here’s the recap.

Dallas Mavericks go on a huge 28-to-5 run to open the third quarter

The Mavs were ready for the Lakers in the first half, keeping pace before opening a can of whoop-ass on them in the third quarter. The huge 28-to-5 run put the Mavs up 87-67 with 3:43 left to go, led by Luka Doncic and his 16 total points in the quarter. The Lakers eventually went on a little mini-run to trim the lead to 15 to go into the fourth, but the onslaught was enough to give the Mavs the eventual win.

Kyle Kuzma has a rough game

Kuzma was slowly brought on once he made his season debut, as he was returning from a left foot injury that he had suffered in August. It was seeming that Kuzma was starting to come into his own lately, but he dropped a dud in this one (along with the entire Lakers team). Kuz put up eight shots, while only making one basket. He especially struggled from deep, shooting 0-for-5.

The Lakers play sloppy

The Lakers overall seemed out-of-sync with each other. They surprisingly didn’t lose the day after Thanksgiving on the road, with this one possibly counting as their Thanksgiving hangover game.

The team ended up with 17 turnovers, with six of them coming from LeBron James.

The Los Angeles Lakers will play their twenty-first game of the season on Tuesday against the Denver Nuggets on the road. The Lakers will be entering a bit of a tough stretch, as the team will have to play a back-to-back with them suiting up on Wednesday in Utah against the Jazz.

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