Recap: Lakers down the Mavericks for their second win in a row

December 29, 2019; Los Angeles, California, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) controls the ball against Dallas Mavericks forward Dorian Finney-Smith (10) during the first half at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

The Los Angeles Lakers continued their recovery from a four-game losing streak and extended their win streak to two games in a 108-95 victory over the Dallas Mavericks. The win puts the Lakers at 26-7 on the season remaining the top-seed in the Western Conference.

Big Men Committee

The trio of Anthony Davis, Dwight Howard, and JaVale McGee were sensational. They finished the game shooting 76 percent between the three. Davis led all scorers with 23 points on the evening. This marks the second-straight double figure effort from Howard posting 11 points against the Trail Blazers.

Bench Mob!

The bench did not come to play with their food on Sunday night. The aforementioned Howard had 15 points, and they finished with a total 40 points as a unit. This stellar performance comes off a 70-point contribution that led to a win against the Portland Trail Blazers on Saturday night.

LeBron Setting The Table

LeBron James was magical. He was clearly in play-making mode and did not need to carry a scoring burden to get a win. He finished the game with 13 points and 13 assists. During the game, he surpassed the 9,000 assist mark, one of the many accomplishments set in James’ historic 17-year career.

KCP Keeps Cooking

Outside of the usual superstar contribution of LeBron James and Anthony Davis, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope has been a steadying force for the team. He finished Sunday’s game with 19 points on 55.6 percent shooting, including 80 percent from three-point field goal range. On the year, KCP is shooting 41.2 percent from long-range. Basically, he’s a walking, talking flame-thrower.

The Lakers and Mavericks met for the third time this year and second time at Staples Center on Sunday night. Los Angeles holds a 2-1 advantage over the Mavericks. 

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