NBA Basketball

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Final-OT 1 2 3 4 OT Tot
LA Lakers 20 28 28 27 16 119
Dallas 25 33 27 18 7 110
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6:30 PM PT7:30 PM MT8:30 PM CT9:30 PM ET1:30 GMT9:30 6:30 PM MST8:30 PM EST5:30 UAE (+1)02:3021:30 ET7:30 PM CT0:30 , November 1, 2019
American Airlines Center, Dallas, Texas  Attendance: 20,358

Lakers ride Davis' hot hand into Dallas

According to STATS
According to STATS

Los Angeles Lakers at Dallas Mavericks

  1. The Lakers have won their last five games against the Mavericks, tied for their longest active winning streak against any opponent (also against Bulls). Dallas had won 15 of the previous 16 meetings before the Lakers' current run.
  2. LA has held two of its four opponents this season to under 95 points. Last year the Lakers held just three opponents under 95 points during the entire season.
  3. Anthony Davis had 40 points and 20 rebounds in his last game, his fourth career 40/20 game -- tied with Shaquille O'Neal for the most by any NBA player in the last 35 seasons. He also went 26-for-27 from the free-throw line in the game, the most made free throws by any player in a game since Michael Jordan also went 26-for-27 on February 26, 1987.
  4. The Mavericks have played in tight games so far, with all four of their games decided by single digits. It's tied for their second-longest streak of single-digit games to start a season in franchise history, behind only their five straight to start the 1997-98 campaign.
  5. Kristaps Porzingis has both made a three-pointer and blocked a shot in each of his last 21 games played, the longest streak in NBA history.
  6. Delon Wright has shot 65.4 percent from the field in his first four games with the Mavs. That's the highest field-goal percentage by a guard in his first four games with a team (minimum 25 FGA) since Patty Mills shot 68.0 percent in his first four games with San Antonio in 2011-12.

With Anthony Davis possessing a hot hand, the Los Angeles Lakers look to continue their strong start on a three-game road trip beginning Friday against the Dallas Mavericks.

Davis' 40 point, 20-rebound effort in three quarters in a 120-91 rout of the visiting Memphis Grizzlies on Tuesday allowed the 6-foot-10 forward to become the first Lakers player to put up those numbers since Shaquille O'Neal delivered against the Boston Celtics in 2003.

The Lakers emerged with their third consecutive win after a season-opening loss.

Davis set a club mark for free throws made, converting 26 of 27, breaking the record of Dwight Howard during his first stint with the Lakers. Howard made 25 of 39 free throws in March 2013 against the Orlando Magic. Davis is shooting 88.9 percent from the foul line this season.

And Davis became the third Lakers player to score 100 points, block 10 shots and dish out 10 assists in his first four games with the franchise. O'Neal and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar are the other two.

"I don't even think he's scratched the surface yet," LeBron James, who finished with 23 points and eight assists against the Grizzlies, said regarding Davis. "I think we're all still getting comfortable with one another. I think he's still getting comfortable out on the floor, but when he's attacking like that, guy shoots high in the 80s, 90s from the free-throw line, that's easy money for him. ... He was wonderful (Tuesday), spectacular in all facets, both offensively and defensively, and we needed it."

Davis, who is averaging 28.8 points, 12.5 rebounds and three blocks, produced despite playing with a sore shoulder. He was clearly in pain throughout the game but powered through it.

"I was really trying to figure it all out," Davis said. "It was bothering me a lot. It was very sore, but I didn't want to come out of the game."

Lakers forward Kyle Kuzma, who missed all four of the initial contests, will make his season debut against the Mavericks. Kuzma, who averaged 18.7 points and 5.5 rebounds last season, has been out with a stress reaction in his left foot, an injury that occurred while he was trying to make the USA Basketball squad this summer.

Dallas is off to 3-1 start, the first time that has happened since the 2014-15 campaign. Nine Mavericks reached double figures in a 109-106 victory over the Denver Nuggets on Tuesday.

Mavericks forward Dorian-Finney Smith, who had 12 points against the Nuggets, said via the Dallas Morning News, "It just shows you how deep we are. Whenever anybody's name is called, they're ready to play."

Guard-forward Luka Doncic, who had an off night against the Nuggets, scoring 12 points on 3-for-12 shooting, leads in the Mavericks in scoring at 25 points per game. He also is averaging 8.8 rebounds, 6.8 rebounds and 2.3 steals.

Power forward Kristaps Porzingis' return from an ACL injury also has boosted Mavericks. He averages 22.3 points, 7.8 boards and 2.5 blocks per contest.

Dallas power forward Dwight Powell made his season debut against the Nuggets after a hamstring injury sidelined him since training camp. Powell finished with four points and four rebounds in 14 minutes.

After the Lakers face the Mavericks, they travel to San Antonio to meet the Spurs on Sunday before closing the trip at the Chicago Bulls on Tuesday. The Mavericks will visit the Cleveland Cavaliers on Sunday.

--Field Level Media

Updated October 31, 2019

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