The Los Angeles Lakers faced the Dallas Mavericks on the same day when Kobe Bryant scored 81 points. Unfortunately, they celebrated the historic day with an embarrassing defeat, 122-73, the worst loss in franchise history.
After ending their five-game skid, the Lakers struggled once again after a 49-point loss against the Mavericks on Sunday at American Airlines Arena. The game marked the 11th anniversary of Bryant’s career-best 81-point explosion against the Toronto Raptors in 2006. The Lakers scored eight points fewer than what Bryant did all by himself on the same day.
The Lakers struggled to score in the first quarter, resulting for the Mavericks to gain a 29-22 lead. The situation got worse in the second quarter. They only scored 11 points over the Mavericks 38 points. None of the Lakers’ starter scored double-digit where Julius Randle, Nick Young, and Luol Deng only had nine points apiece.
Coach Luke Walton expressed his frustrations after the game, saying that his team isn’t determined to win. After a surprising 10-10 start, they are now the worst team in the Western Conference with a 16-32 win-loss record.
“We didn’t show up to play, which is frustrating,” Walton said. “And honestly, it’s embarrassing. For us as a team, for us as an organization, for our Lakers fans that are so good to us.”
According to Eric Freeman of Yahoo Sports, the Mavericks didn’t even play that far above their abilities. They only shot 49.4 percent from the field and 43.6 percent from the three-point range. The Lakers earned their 13th consecutive loss to the Mavericks.
Lakers got “complacent” after defeating the Pacers
After being sidelined for three months due to injury, forward Larry Nance Jr. finally returned with the team. After the game, Nance Jr. told Lakers Nation reporter Serena Winters that the team became complacent after beating the Indiana Pacers on Friday.
“It’s almost as if we got complacent w/ 1 win,” Nance Jr. said. “Seems silly to say that but w/ the way we came out, we just weren’t ready.”
If they continue with the same attitude, there is a higher possibility that they will end up as one of the worst teams in the league this season. They will face the Portland Trail Blazers on Wednesday at Moda Center.
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