Abused at halftime, the Dallas Mavericks relied on a crazy third quarter (51-21) to topple the Los Angeles Lakers (124-115) on Sunday night, Christmas Day. LeBron James, still outgunned (38 points, his 7th consecutive game with more than 30 points), could not withstand the Texas uprising, led by Tim Hardaway Jr (26 points), Luka Doncic (32 points) and Christian Wood (30 points) points). The Lakers concede their fourth straight defeat.
In the wake of LeBron James (10 points in 6 minutes), the Lakers had a convincing start to the game. Manager Pat Beverley, on a defensive mission, reduced the influence of Luka Doncic, nervous in front of the three-point clumsiness of his teammates. Austin Reaves (16 points), fluent offensively, returned complicated shots at the end of the possession. Darvin Ham’s men returned to the dressing room with a comfortable mattress (54-43).
Amorphous in the first half, the Mavs returned from the locker room transformed. Luka Doncic’s teammates, who were more fluid in the circulation of the ball, returned eight three-pointers in the third quarter, including three in quick succession from Tim Hardaway Jr (6/14 long distance). The Lakers, draft, without solutions without James, could not recover from this crushing blow (51-21 in the third quarter). Los Angeles slips to 13th place in the Western Conference. Mavs pass Portland, in 8th place.
This Sunday, LeBron James became the player who participated the most times in Christmas games. With 17 appearances, he overtakes Kobe Bryant.