DALLAS – The Dallas Mavericks will try to forget the game against the Los Angeles Lakers as soon as possible. The Mavericks trailed 22 points at halftime and the Lakers eventually won 129-114 on Friday.
Luka Dončić scored 25 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists in a match-up against his idol LeBron James. James had a game-high 35 points and 16 rebounds.
Dončić couldn’t hide his frustration and even tore his jersey in the first half. “I played really bad,” said Dončić. “I felt like I don’t know how to play basketball. It wasn’t me. I got to get better, a lot.”
Even Dallas’ coach Rick Carlisle got ejected after his second technical in the fourth quarter.
The Mavericks lost for the fifth time in seven games and dropped to 11-10 at home. Dallas will host the Philadelphia 76ers on Saturday.