Doncic shines as Mavericks end Lakers’s winning streak


Los Angeles (AFP) – Luka Doncic finished just shy of a triple double as the Dallas Mavericks gave the streaking Los Angeles Lakers a reality check Sunday by snapping their 10-game win streak with a 114-100 win.

Doncic was just one rebound short of the triple double finishing with 27 points, 10 assists and nine rebounds as the visiting Mavericks avenged a 119-110 overtime loss to Los Angeles one month ago.

The first-place Mavericks improved to 13-6 on the season and were too much to handle for the Lakers, whose win streak came against 10 teams, all with losing records.

The last time Los Angeles played a team with a better than .500 record, which was the Toronto Raptors on November 10, they lost 113-104.

Delon Wright came off the bench to tally 17 points and nine assists while Dwight Powell, Kristaps Porzingis and Justin Jackson contributed 15 points apiece in the win.

Anthony Davis had 27 points and 10 rebounds and LeBron James tallied 25 points, nine rebounds and eight assist for the Los Angeles. The Lakers’s next two games are against Denver and Utah, who are one and two atop the Northwest Division standings. James also had six of the Lakers 17 turnovers.

Kyle Kuzma shot just one of 13 from the floor while Dwight Howard and Rajon Rondo each scored just four points as the Mavericks’s bench outscored the Lakers’s reserve 43-29.

Dallas used a brilliant third quarter to seize command of the game.

Doncic, who was bloodied and muscled off the ball several times in the November loss to the Lakers, held his ground on Sunday, scoring 16 of his points in the third quarter.

The Mavericks had 35 points to just 17 in the third for the Lakers, who equaled their worst total in a quarter this season.

In the fourth, Dallas increased the lead to 20 and led by double digits the rest of the way.