LOS ANGELES — After four seasons in the Golden State Warriors’ supporting cast, Harrison Barnes is seizing his opportunity to be the main man in Dallas.
Barnes scored 31 points, Seth Curry added 23 and the Mavericks won their second straight game after an 0-5 start, 109-97 over the Los Angeles Lakers on Tuesday night.
Two days after Barnes scored a career-best 34 in the Mavs’ victory over Milwaukee, he hit 11 of 18 shots at Staples Center while leading Dallas past the Lakers for the 11th consecutive time since April 2, 2013. Barnes scored seven consecutive points after Los Angeles took a lead with 7 1/2 minutes to play, and his teammates finished it off.
“I’m just being aggressive,” Barnes said. “That was the biggest thing in my first few games (with the Mavs), figuring out when to be aggressive and when not to. You just kind of have to leave the switch on, and if you fail, fail aggressively.”
It’s working: Barnes has scored 30 points three times in Dallas’ last six games after hitting that mark once in his first four seasons with Golden State.
After getting their first win of the season Sunday against Milwaukee, the Mavs won again without injured Dirk Nowitzki and Deron Williams. Nowitzki missed his second straight game with a sore Achilles tendon, while Williams missed his second straight game with a strained calf muscle.
Dallas used only eight players in LA, but it was enough.
“This is two team efforts, just scrappy and grinding,” Barnes said. “Everyone is getting in the mix offensively and defensively. It’s not always pretty basketball, but we’re getting it done, and that’s the most rewarding thing about it.”
JJ Barea had 18 points, seven rebounds and eight assists for the Mavericks, who beat the Lakers on the road for the sixth straight time.
“Our guys stuck to a game plan of tempo and patience and discipline, and they won the game,” Dallas coach Rick Carlisle said.