The Los Angeles Lakers suffered their first loss at the Staples Center against the Dallas Mavericks, 109-97, on Tuesday night.
The Lakers entered the game as the favorite to win against the 1-5 Mavericks, who played without Deron Williams and Dirk Nowitzki. However, Harrison Barnes became unstoppable in the final minutes of the game, who scored 31 points. J.J. Barea added 18 points while Seth Curry contributed 23 points off the bench to help the Mavericks earn their second-straight win of the season.
“Harrison was pretty spectacular tonight,” said Lakers Coach Luke Walton, who coached Barnes while the coach and player were both at Golden State. “J.J. Barea, and then Seth Curry coming off the bench was huge. … I thought we were a little soft in the first half. When you let good players get into a rhythm, it can be tough to shut them down.”
With eight minutes remaining in the game, the Lakers managed to bounce back with the help of a three-pointer coming from Lou Williams. Jordan Clarkson tied the game and the Lakers would pull back ahead 91-89. Unfortunately, the Mavericks answered with a 12-0 run led by Harrison Barnes to secure their victory.
“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.”
The Mavericks earned their first win against the Milwaukee Bucks even without Dirk Nowitzki and Deron Williams. They struggled early in the season with a 0-5 win-loss record. However, with their second win, it seems like the Mavericks did the right thing in pursuing Harrison Barnes in the recent free agency.
The Dallas Mavericks will be facing the Golden State Warriors on Wednesday at the Oracle Arena while the Los Angeles Lakers will play against the Sacramento Kings on Thursday at the Golden 1 Center.
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