Dwight Powell was a force in the paint, taking advantage of beautiful Luka Doncic dimes while the Mavericks’ defense tightened up in the second half as the offense started to fire on all cylinders.
While the Lakers weren’t at full strength, it was still a fun win. Here are some numbers to take away:
920: The number of days since Dwight Powell has led the Mavericks in scoring in a win
Powell was simply tremendous in a game the Mavericks were without Kristaps Porzingis. He scored a game-high 25 points on 11-of-12 shooting and collected nine rebounds in 28 minutes. Powell and Doncic orchestrated a brilliant two-man game that dissected the Lakers defense in the second half after the Mavericks’ offense looks flustered and out of sorts in the first half. Powell scored 21 points in the second half alone, which was 15 more points than what Andre Drummond scored for the entire game. Tip of the cap to Powell, who looks like he’s finally returning to form after his devastating Achilles injury.
17: The Dallas Mavericks came back from down 17 points marking the largest comeback victory of the season
After shooting 39 percent in the first half, the Mavericks looked dead to rights and content to split the two games against the Lakers. Los Angeles suffocated Doncic off of ball screens, and the Mavericks ancillary pieces couldn’t make plays when Doncic wasn’t turning it over.
But that all changed in the second half as the Mavericks connected on 57 percent of their field goals while the Lakers shot an icy 30 percent. Dallas outscored Los Angles 62-35 in the second half and held the Lakers to just 14 points in the fourth quarter.
0: The number of 3s the Lakers made in the fourth quarter
With the game tied at 79 all, victory was very much in reach for either team. However the Lakers missed all 10 of their triples while the Mavericks cashed in four of their six tries resulting in a 12-point differential. Dallas blitzed Los Angeles with an inside-out attack en route to a 15 point victory.
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