Lonzo Ball returned to action for the Los Angeles Lakers Friday night, while Julius Randle led the charge in a 124-102 rout of the Dallas Mavericks.
The Los Angeles Lakers haven’t been at full strength in quite a while. The Dallas Mavericks got a first-hand look at that Friday, and it resulted in a 124-102 beat down.
Dallas (18-41) has now lost five of their last six games, and sit a half-game out of last place in the west.
After being sidelined for 15 games with a knee injury, Lonzo Ball made his return to the lineup for L.A.
The game was never close. L.A. shot out the gate with a quick 8-0 run–their first of many. The first quarter resulted in a 32-17 deficit that Dallas never rebounded from.
Despite shooting an impressive 45.2 percent (19-42) from behind the arc, Dallas surrendered too many second chance opportunities (13 offensive rebounds) to L.A.
Rebounding turned out to be a major factor in the loss. The Lakers dominated the boards all night, as made evident by their 62-29 advantage.
Wes Matthews and Harrison Barnes led Dallas with 19 points apiece. Backcourt partners Dennis Smith Jr. and Yogi Ferrell both scored 13 points.
Dirk Nowitzki provided 11 points and four rebounds in limited minutes (20). Dirk sat out all but four minutes in the fourth quarter due to tightness in his back.
J.J. Barea added 12 points and six assists while Doug McDermott scored nine of his 10 points from behind the arc.
Julius Randle notched his second triple-double of the season, totaling 18 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists. In his return, Ball provided nine points, seven rebounds and six assists in 17 minutes off the bench.
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and Brandon Ingram scored 15 points apiece as Josh Hart put together 12 points and 10 rebounds.
The Mavs return to action Saturday, as they visit the Utah Jazz. Game time is set for 9 p.m. ET. As always, go Mavs!