Lakers’ third-quarter woes result in lopsided loss in Dallas

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Lakers ahead LeBron James instructs his teammates on the courtroom whereas guarded by Mavericks guard Luka Doncic in the course of the first half in Dallas on Sunday. (Emil T. Lippe/Related Press)

The protection sneaked up on Luka Doncic who dribbled close to the sideline.

Doncic jumped and zipped a two-handed cross to Christian Wooden utilizing 20/20 courtroom imaginative and prescient that few individuals have.

However not like the opposite Mavericks all through the quarter, Wooden’s arch-high shot rattled off the rim.

In 13 makes an attempt, it was the fourth time the crew had missed three in 1 / 4, and it was a giant one.

Had Wooden dug it up, it could have formally been the worst defensive quarter within the Lakers’ 75-year historical past.

Dallas outscored the Lakers 51-21 within the third quarter, turning a sport that the Lakers managed within the first half and in the end beating them 124-115.

Dallas led by as many as 21 and managed the sport by the fourth.

It was the Lakers’ fourth straight loss, seven video games under the .500 batting common (13-20).

In his seventeenth look within the Christmas sport, LeBron James overtook Kobe Bryant with 38 factors to steer the Lakers, however Dallas had three starters with 25 or extra factors. .

It is the seventh straight sport James has scored 30 or extra factors.

Doncic, who was aggressively double-teamed by the Lakers, completed with 32 factors, 9 rebounds and 9 assists. Tim Hardaway Jr. scored 16 of 26 factors within the third quarter and Wooden recorded his 30 factors, 8 rebounds and seven assists.

The loss in Dallas kicks off the crew’s five-game journey into 2023.

This story was initially revealed within the Los Angeles Instances.

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