Lakers lose to Mavericks in double OT in bodily recreation

Luka Doncic held his nostril. LeBron James grabbed at his face. Tim Hardaway Jr. threw his fingers within the air. And Troy Brown Jr. spent the ultimate second of regulation, fittingly, on the bottom.

In a bodily recreation with out some anticipated whistles, the Lakers and the Mavericks fought into double additional time Thursday evening, and whereas Dallas saved making large performs, the Lakers couldn’t ever shut the door.

LeBron James had one three-point shot rim out and one other bounce off the iron as he tried to make the massive performs for the Lakers that Doncic was making for the Mavericks.

The Lakers misplaced 119-115, the burden of so many missed photographs and free throws an excessive amount of to beat.

It’s the Lakers’ second straight loss after the staff had gained its earlier 5.

Brown’s potential successful three try on the finish of regulation got here up nicely brief after it appeared Hardaway made contact together with his taking pictures hand. After which, on the finish of the primary additional time, James argued for a foul name after his reverse was stopped on the rim by Christian Wooden.

Official Josh Tiven informed a pool reporter that Hardaway Jr. “gets a piece of the ball on the closeout and then does make some high five contact, which is legal and that play was correctly no called.”

In between the late-game drama and the primary additional time stood Doncic, the NBA’s main scorer hitting huge three-point photographs to equalize.

“He did what Luka does,” Lakers coach Darvin Ham mentioned after the loss. “He made the shot. I’m kicking myself. I need to coach a little better in that instance. Should have blitzed him.”

Russell Westbrook scored 28, James added 24 and three different Lakers completed in double figures, led by Wenyen Gabriel’s 14.

Doncic led the Mavericks with 35.

“Made a tough shot,” Westbrook mentioned. “Simple as that.”

Pregame, the discuss was in regards to the methods the Lakers need to enhance their roster by exploring veteran free brokers. However how a lot? That form of relies on the second.

Within the first quarter Thursday, the Lakers seemed as in the event that they wanted an enormous roster transfusion, Dallas carving a helpless protection up for 36 factors — echoes from Dallas’ 51-point third quarter on Christmas Day defining the primary 12 minutes.

However the Lakers’ protection tightened, with Westbrook’s depth on Doncic setting the tone.

Slowly, the Lakers carved into the deficit that was as excessive as 19 factors, lastly pushing forward within the fourth earlier than Dallas shortly grabbed a slight edge again.

However three-pointers from Westbrook and Gabriel and a layup from Dennis Schroder gave the Lakers a two-point lead within the closing two minutes.

With the Lakers up one later within the fourth, Hardaway missed a go-ahead three, opening the door for the Lakers to tie the rating on the free-throw line.

Dallas Mavericks’ Tim Hardaway Jr. (11) shoots a 3-pointer over Lakers’ Troy Brown Jr. (7) in additional time on Thursday at Enviornment.

(Jae C. Hong / Related Press)

After a overview moved Schroder off the road and put Westbrook there, the gang murmured. However with James attempting to silence the followers, Westbrook hit two free throws to place the Lakers up three — simply sufficient to verify Doncic couldn’t beat them on the finish of the fourth.

However the lack of shot-making — James missed all seven of his threes and the staff went 10 for 40 — meant the Lakers couldn’t give themselves a lot room for error.

And Thursday, there was simply an excessive amount of of it.

Whereas the Lakers will proceed to weigh commerce choices, the staff is continuous to search for assist in free company.

The Lakers, based on sources with information however unauthorized to talk publicly, are anticipated to host veteran facilities DeMarcus Cousins and Meyers Leonard on Friday.

Yahoo and the Athletic first reported the scheduled exercises, respectively.

Cousins, who signed with the Lakers in 2019, suffered a knee harm earlier than he may play for the franchise. Since, he has performed for the Rockets, Clippers, Bucks (with Ham) and Nuggets.

Leonard hasn’t performed in a NBA recreation since Jan. 9, 2021. In March 2021, Leonard was fined $50,000 for utilizing an antisemitic slur throughout a livestream broadcast wherein he was taking part in a online game. He was suspended every week and apologized.

“My ignorance about its history and how offensive it is to the Jewish community is absolutely not an excuse and I was just wrong,” Leonard wrote on Instagram on the time. He was later traded to Oklahoma Metropolis and launched.

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Since he final performed, Leonard has undergone shoulder and ankle surgical procedures.

Ham wouldn’t “confirm or deny” the exercises.

“At the end of the day, we’re constantly looking for what’s out there and just being aware,” he mentioned pregame Thursday. “There’s nothing else. That doesn’t mean people are going to make our roster.”

Ham mentioned “it would be irresponsible for us not to see what’s out there.”

Getting Austin Reaves, Lonnie Walker IV and Patrick Beverley, who missed Thursday’s recreation with an sickness, again will assist. And The most important transfer, after all, will come as soon as Anthony Davis is ready to return.

Till then, whether or not they want a little bit or plenty of assistance will form of change by the second.