In a thrilling showdown, Kyrie Irving’s 28 points and a clutch 3-pointer with 22 seconds left, combined with Luka Doncic’s 30-point performance, powered the Dallas Mavericks (10-5) to a nail-biting 104-101 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers (9-7) on Wednesday night.
Despite a 20-point lead evaporating in the fourth quarter, the Mavericks, fueled by Irving’s late-game heroics, managed to secure the win against a resilient Lakers squad led by LeBron James, who scored 26 points, including a tiebreaking tip-in with 1:16 to play.
The game witnessed back-and-forth action in the final minute, with missed 3-point attempts from Doncic and James before Irving calmly sank a crucial 3-pointer off a pass from Doncic, sealing the victory for the Mavericks.
While the Lakers staged a remarkable fourth-quarter comeback, outscoring the Mavericks 30-13, they fell short in the closing moments, with James committing a crucial turnover and missing a potential game-tying 3-pointer at the buzzer.
Anthony Davis, who had 10 points and 14 rebounds, couldn’t provide the needed offensive spark in the fourth quarter, contributing to the Lakers’ narrow defeat at home.
Despite the Lakers’ valiant effort, the Mavericks, led by Doncic and Irving, showcased resilience and poise, securing their fourth consecutive road victory against the Lakers in a game marked by late-game drama.
Josh Green’s 15 points and solid contributions from the Mavericks’ supporting cast played a pivotal role in withstanding the Lakers’ late surge and securing the important road win.
Austin Reaves contributed 17 points, six rebounds and six assists of the bench for the Lakers. D’Angelo Russell added 15 points and five assists.