The Dallas Mavericks once again fell to .500 after suffering a painful 115-89 loss to the Los Angeles Lakers. The loss marks the fifth time this season that Dallas has held a .500 record. The Mavericks have never had a record below .500 at any point this season. The Lakers used a 24-9 run from the 8:44 mark of the second quarter through the three-minute mark of the period. The Mavericks fell as far behind as 37 points to the Lakers. Despite this being the fourth game in five nights for Los Angeles, the Mavericks didn’t have a chance against the Lakers. The game marked the first road win for the Lakers this season.
Jae Crowder tallied a season-high 15 points to go along with a season-high-tying four rebounds and a season-best four steals in 21 minutes against the Lakers on Saturday. He previously scored a then season-high 12 points on two occasions. Vince Carter appeared in his 1,000th career regular-season game against the Lakers on Saturday. He became the 104th player in NBA history to reach the milestone. It was Carter’s 75th regular-season game with Dallas. With his second 3-pointer of the game (1,529th career) at the 2:58 mark of the third quarter, he passed former Maverick Nick Van Exel (1,528) for 16th place on the NBA’s all-time 3-point field goals made list. Carter scored a team-high 16 points in 17 minutes off the bench. He made five 3-pointers in a game for the third time this season.
For the Lakers, Antawn Jamison appeared in his 999th career regular-season game and recorded a first-half double-double with 11 points and 11 rebounds. He finished with a game-high-tying 19 points and a game-high 15 rebounds in 30 minutes. Lakers forward Metta World Peace scored the Lakers’ first 10 points and tallied 16 first-quarter points for Los Angeles. He went 6-for-7 from the field and 4-for-5 from 3-point range in the first quarter, with his only miss coming on a 3-point attempt at the end of the period. World Peace finished with 19 points in the game, sharing game-high honors with Lakers guard Kobe Bryant and Jamison.
Here is the quoteboard for the loss to the Los Angeles Lakers.
The loss: “They were in a desperate mode. They played a great game and we played very poor. Credit them, we all own this one.”
The change with the starting lineup: “I wanted to get [Brandan] Wright involved, I like the way he played out there (L.A) and I didn’t want [Chris] Kaman guarding [Dwight] Howard to start the game. The starting lineup is down the list of issues in this game. Defensively, we’ve got to get better and we’ve got to get tougher.”
On Kobe Bryant’s facilitation early in the game: “I thought [Metta World Peace] was the one that got them going. He blew by us twice for layups, he hit two or three three’s in the first quarter. It got them going and it got them in a really tough mode defensively and we didn’t execute well against it.”
Was there a possible warning sign about a defensive letdown like tonight? “I talked about it yesterday. We’ve just got to keep working on it. It’s not just one or two guys. We all own this.”
Taking the challenge: “This is a team that is physically stronger than us, so in those situations you’ve just got to be willing to take some hits, be willing to put body places and say ‘you’ve got to come through me to get through the basket.’ We’ve only have a couple of guys that consistently will take charges. I believe that can change. I’ve got to be vigilant about preaching the message that it has to change.”
Who can take the charges?: “Carter has taken a few. There may be one other guy, but Carter has taken the most.”
On if the team is being worn down with Dirk not being with the team: “Listen, that’s all [expletive]. We know he’s not going to be back for a while. When we were 4-1 it wasn’t a problem and we’re not going to make it a problem. We’ve got enough here to win games provided that everyone does their job. Tonight we didn’t do it.”
The defensive effort: “It’s up and down…Tonight, it was disgusting. It’s disappointing for our fans and what kind of game that was. We know how bad they wanted this game. We should’ve wanted it as bad as they wanted it. We didn’t come with it tonight.”
On if the ‘Let’s Go Lakers’ chants were embarrassing: “It was embarrassing before that…Hopefully that’s etched in our memory and we will be able to play them harder next time.”
On the loss: “We played terrible and they played a very good game. They came in the aggressors on both ends of the floor. Next thing you know, we were down 30.”
The mindset of the Lakers: “They came out throwing punches and we never quite recovered. It’s a bad one and I wish we could get it back, but we’ve got to throw it away.”
The loss: “That was an old fashion ass whoopin’, that’s what it was. Keep it real. They whooped our ass tonight. It’s that simple. We’ve got to come in tomorrow and go to work.”
What was the biggest problem on defense?: “When people get straight lanes to the basket, there ain’t no help for that…We’ve got to take the challenge of guarding our guys. Our effort has to be there and it wasn’t there tonight.”
What needs to change: “You can’t control when you’re making shots or anything else. The only thing you can control out there is your effort out there on the floor. You just have to play hard and make things happen. That’s the biggest thing with a young team we have here. We have a tendency to let the offense dictate everything for us. When you understand the game, there’s other things you can do on the floor to make yourself better and make the teammates better when you’re not scoring the ball. That’s when we’re going to get better as a team and learn this game of basketball.”
On if there was any woe is me out on the floor: “I don’t feel sorry for nobody. It is what it is. We’re professionals. We got our ass whooped. Don’t sugarcoat it.”
His comfort level: “I feel like I’m still trying to figure out exactly what I’m supposed to be doing. That’s on me and that’s not on anybody else. I’m not knocking anybody. I’m talking about myself. I need to get going and figure that out.”
On Carlisle not telling him about the change to the lineup: “I don’t question that. That’s not for me to question that. I’m getting paid to do a job and I’m supposed come out and do that job whether it’s from the job or starting…I’m just going to do my job and be positive, be a good team player and a teammate to everyone else.”
Bryan Gutierrez writes about sportsmen. He is a contributing writer for Mavs.com. Bryan also attended Ball So Hard University. You can follow him on Twitter @BallinWithBryan.