Luka Doncic had 27 points, 10 assists and nine rebounds, and the visiting Dallas Mavericks snapped the Los Angeles Lakers' 10-game winning streak with a 114-100 victory on Sunday. Before his shot, the Mavericks had built a 20-point lead.
"I think we did a great job, especially in the second half", Doncic told Fox Sports Southwest's Mark Followill after the game.
Like Vogel mentioned, the Nuggets pose perhaps the biggest test of the 2019-20 National Basketball Association season so far as they now hold the second-best record in the Western Conference.
The end result of Doncic's brilliant play on the court was a stat line that included 27 points, 10 assists, nine rebounds, and three steals. "It shows that we can play against big teams, too".
James and Davis stayed in the game until late in the fourth quarter, but little could be done to undo the damage.
Following the game, he admitted he still admires his idol, LeBron James, even in handing him a loss.
"Our defense was awful today - we didn't rebound the basketball therefore we keep giving them second-chance points and they made us pay with 3s", Davis said after L.A. was dominated 16-9 on the offensive glass and 23-10 in second-chance points. He's one of them.
James had 25 points, nine rebounds and eight assists for the Lakers, who dropped to 17-3 by losing this matchup between two of the NBA's highest-scoring teams. "If we play to our abilities, there's nobody we can't beat and nowhere we can't get a W, so we gotta make sure that we respond from this and bounce back and try to get a W a couple days from now". "We need to understand it and keep our eye on the ball". "He is a tough matchup, and he is an wonderful player, and tough to stop, but as a team, we are good on defense", said Doncic.
The Lakers got off to a fast start, but it did not take the Mavericks long to get going on the offensive end as Luka Doncic and the rest of his team lit it up from beyond the arc.
The Lakers have been able to get away with some stretches of sloppy play the past few weeks due to their talent level and how much better that was than everyone they faced. After a year of impressive moves by both franchises, the Mavs and Lakers are positioned to be back among the NBA's best.