Los Angeles, CA. — The Los Angeles Lakers (3-5) found themselves once again a similar situation late Wednesday night before hanging on to a 114-113 win. At one point in all five of their losses they found themselves with the lead in the final quarter before they ultimately let those leads slip away. On Wednesday, they needed all 12 minutes to hold off a Mavericks team that was down by as many as 18 points earlier in the game.
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LeBron James said after the game: "I don't like the way we closed out the game, but for the majority of the game we played well." He finished with a game-high 29 points.
JaVale McGee added 16 points and 15 rebounds, Kyle Kuzma scored 18 and Brandon Ingram had 17 for the Lakers. The bench was outscored 44-22.
The Lakers have now won three straight over the Mavs dating back to last season.
The Mavericks (2-6) who have now lost five straight were led by Wes Matthews 21 points.
Rookie Luka Doncic who was coming off a career-high 31 points this past Monday against the San Antonio Spurs failed to score in the first half. He finished with 14 points and 7 assist and hit the jumpshot to tie the game at 113.
Coach Rick Carlisle said after the game: "I love the fight. Our first quarter was very disappointing but we battled back," coach Rick Carlisle said. "We were able to get stops in the fourth quarter and we were getting some momentum on offense."
Former Los Angeles Clipper DeAndre Jordan played in his first game at Staples Center since signing with Dallas in the summer. He had 10 points to go along with 12 rebounds. JJ Barea had 15 points
Laker travel back to Portland on Saturday night were they began the season. 7:00 PT.