The Lakers nearly battled back for another road victory, but fell short on a missed Kobe three point attempt with 30 seconds left in the game.
The Lakers defensively played very well holding the Mavericks to under 44 % from the field and 16 turnovers, but they got beat up on the glass and shot 10 less freethrows. They really shot poor behind the arc making only 5 of 17, about one three short from possibly sending the game into to overtime.
Every Laker starter hit double figures and Lamar added 21 off the bench.
This was a big game for the Lakers as it was a potential Western Conference Finals matchup, and the Lakers can take away many good things from tonights loss on the road in a back to back.
Now, the bests of the day…
Top 3 Laker Performers –
1) Lamar had 21 points on 8 of 11 shooting off the bench.
2) Artest had 13 points on 5 of 8 shooting and forced Marion into 5 turnovers.
3) No Laker really stood out as number three. Bynum had a double-double, but had 5 turnovers. Maybe Farmar off the bench?
Lakers Smush of the Day (Note: STD denotes the Laker that played the poorest): Fisher didn’t do much all night.
Play of the Night: Fisher’s no look shot on the break… that didn’t count.
What to Look for Next Game: The Lakers host Philly Friday night. Should be a fun game.
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