LOS ANGELES – News for the Mavericks on the basketball court Friday night was about the same as it has been off it for the past week.
A miserable start, falling behind by 18 points in the first six minutes, doomed the Mavericks to a 124-102 waxing by the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center.
It was a horrible night defensively and in the rebounding department for the Mavericks, who hit 19 3-pointers but still were never in the game after the first few minutes.
“I’ve never seen a team make 19 3’s and lose by more than 20,” coach Rick Carlisle said. “So this is new to me. It’s got to be about more than making shots. We got more than doubled on the boards, which is just unacceptable. And the points in the paint were a beat-down.
“We got a lot of issues with level of force.”
Julius Randle, who may be a target for the Mavericks this summer in free agency, had 18 points, 13 rebounds and 10 assists. He was a major reason the Mavericks were outscored in the paint 38-6 in the first half, when the game was already decided.
About the only good news for the Mavericks was that Dirk Nowitzki, who went to the locker room in the fourth quarter to stretch his back out, said after the game that he expects to play Saturday in Utah and doesn’t think the back problem is serious.
In addition, Nowitzki reiterated his desire to play again next season as long as his body continues to hold up.
“I signed up last summer for two years,” he said to a cluster of media members after the game. “I would love to play next year again. But we’ll kind of see how the rest of the season plays out and how I feel in the summer. But as of now, I want to play again next year. I feel OK. I only missed one game. So the body is holding up OK.
“I only missed one game and that one I could have played, too. Obviously, I didn’t have any major, major issues.”
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