Gameday: Lakers 104, Mavericks 123
tuesday, november 5 5:30pm at the american airlines center
|X. Henry||SF||S. Marion|
|S. Williams||PF||D. Nowitzki|
|P. Gasol||C||S. Dalembert|
|S. Blake||SG||M. Ellis|
|S. Nash||PG||J. Calderon|
K. Bryant: Achilles Out
S. Larkin Ankle Out
Ellis has 30 points as Mavs rout Lakers 123-104
By Schuyler Dixon
November 05, 2013
DALLAS (AP) Monta Ellis had 30 points and nine assists, Dirk Nowitzki was one of seven Dallas players in double figures with 11points and the Mavericks beat the Los Angeles Lakers 123-104 Tuesday night.
Ellis, Nowitzki's new pick-and-roll partner, put on a show for Steve Nash, the big German's buddy and old running mate. He was 11 of 14 from the field, made all eight of his free throws and had just one turnover.
Nash was scoreless until the second half and finished with five points. Nick Young led the Lakers with 21.
The Mavericks never trailed, led by 20 late in the first half and pushed the lead to 26 early in the second half after Ellis got them off to a quick start with a jumper and two assists, including one when Nowitzki took the pass and ducked under a defender's arm for the layup.
Jose Calderon had 12 points on 4-of-6 shooting from 3-point range, including one that put Dallas ahead 90-60 with 4:33 left in the third quarter. The Mavericks were 13 of 27 from long range.
The Lakers tried to make it interesting with a 19-4 run, but DeJuan Blair stopped it by blocking a layup attempt by Chris Kaman, leading to a 3-pointer by rookie Gal Mekel after Nowitzki passed out of a double team.
Mekel scored again on layup off a steal from Blair, who had 10 points - all in the first half - and eight rebounds.
The top three scores came off the bench for the Lakers, who were blown out for the second time in two road games without Kobe Bryant. After Young, Jordan Farmar and Jodie Meeks had 11 apiece.
Jae Crowder kept the Lakers from getting any closer by going 4 of 5 from 3-point range in the second half, and getting a breakaway dunk on assist from Ellis. He finished with 18.
Nowitzki didn't get his first points until he faked Pau Gasol and drove for a dunk to put the Mavericks up 59-39 with 3 minutes left in the first half.
When Ellis wasn't running the offense in a first half that featured 21 Dallas assists against just two turnovers, Mekel kept it rolling with Blair, the backup center. Mekel had four points and four assists before halftime, while Blair had 10 points and six rebounds.
Ellis had two free throws to start an 11-2 Dallas run late in the first quarter, featuring mostly backups. Three straight buckets came on assists from Mekel - a 3-pointer by Vince Carter and consecutive buckets from Blair.
Carter hit a 3-pointer and a layup, and Marion hit a jumper in the lane to give Dallas its first 20-point lead at 57-37 with 3:39 left in the first half.
None of the Lakers starters were in double digits before halftime. Kaman had all 10 points of his points before halftime in his first game against the Mavericks and spending last season in Dallas.
NOTES: Kaman was critical of Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle on Monday after spending just one season under him. He characterized Carlisle as among "coaches who say one thing in one ear and then behind your back they're saying something else." Carlisle said it "didn't work out well here with Chris and I take my share of the responsibility." Kaman had a good start with Dallas but barely played late in the season and skipped his exit interview because he figured he wasn't coming back. ... Ellis had three steals Saturday against Memphis to give him 900 for his career.
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Lakers Coach Mike D’Antoni
(On the team learning to win on the road with out Kobe Bryant)
"Yeah, I’m sure we do but first we need to learn to stay within striking distance. You can’t get blown out and then think now we need to learn to win. No, we need to learn how to play. We’re not playing right now. We don’t come out with the same grit and determination and hopefully it’s a learning experience but we’ll address it and hopefully we’ll get better at it."
(On what’s going on with the starters)
"I think Xavier [Henry] is going to go up and down a little bit. He’s going to have a learning curve but he’s going to be fine. Then we just have to get the other guys in sync. They are just not really in sync. "
(On him being unhappy with the effort)
"As I told them, its not a conscious ‘I’m not going to play hard tonight,’ its just sometimes we play little and slow, sometimes we play big and slow and sometimes we’re just slow. And we’re going to have to turn it up a notch, defensively especially, and have a little more grit. I don’t know if they have ever been to the level that we need them to be but were going to have to get them there."
Lakers guard Steve Nash
"We a hard time containing Monta Ellis. He was the in the guts of our defense all night. He was getting easy buckets and creating easy buckets for his teammates all night. He really spaced us out with his penetration. We have a lot to learn and improve on. I think we took a step back defensively and we really have to look at the film and get better there."
(52/36 points in the paint. Why do you think that?)
"Like I said I thought it was their penetration. They got into the guts of our defense. Monta Ellis all night was in the paint. We have to do a better job at keeping people out the paint."
(Where are you at with your jumper?)
"I feel like I’m getting a little bit better. The body is the main thing and I need to get that to agree with me a little more. The good news is I’m still getting to my spots. I can still get into the paint and I can get to areas where I got openings for shots that I knocked down my entire career. I still feel like there is a chance, but my body has come around."
(What needs to get better offensively by Thursday?)
"I think we didn’t have a great night offensively. We missed opportunities and I think the main thing is that we need to have a rhythm."
(What are your thoughts on playing Dwight Thursday?)
"Well we have to put that aside and focus on playing better. We had a rough night tonight. We got to get to work tomorrow, clear things up, and try to improve before Thursday."
THE FACT: Dallas broke a five-game home losing streak to the Lakers that dated back to the 2010-11 season.
THE LEAD: Dallas used every weapon at its disposal Tuesday night, as seven players scored in double figures, led by Monta Ellis' 30, as the Mavericks cruised to a 123-104 win over the Lakers at the American Airlines Center.
Eight players found the bottom of the net in the first quarter, as Dallas jumped out to a 35-22 advantage and never looked back, leading the Lakers from start to finish. The Mavericks were a force near the rim from the outset against the league's third-best rebounding team, possessing a 50-35 advantage on the boards and outscoring the Lakers, 52-36, in the paint.
Dallas' ball movement led to many open looks in the first half, as the Mavericks went into the intermission with 21 assists on 27 made field goals. For the game, the Mavs shot 52.1 percent from the floor and hit 13 3-pointers, to not allow the Lakers to cut the lead to single digits after the first quarter.
QUOTABLE: "He's just a different kind of weapon. His catch-and-go ability, his speed in transition, his ability to change direction and attack the rim is unique in this league."
-- Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle on Ellis' impact.
THE STAT: Ellis' 30 points were just two shy of the scoring total of the entire Lakers starting five.
TURNING POINT: It was obvious from the outset that Dallas' starting five was the superior unit, but the Mavericks' second unit proved early it could provide a solid offensive punch as well, as four reserves tallied points in the first quarter, staking Dallas to an early double-digit lead.
QUOTABLE II: "You can't get blown out and then think now we need to learn to win. No, we need to learn how to play. We're not playing right now."
-- Lakers coach Mike D'Antoni.
HOT: DeJuan Blair did a little bit of everything for Dallas, filling up the stat sheet with 10 points, eight rebounds and five steals. Nick Young was among the few bright spots for Los Angeles, scoring 21 points on 8-for-12 shooting off the Lakers bench. Jae Crowder came off the bench to add 18 points, 14 coming in the fourth quarter, and four 3-pointers.
NOT: Pau Gasol was the only Lakers starter to score in double figures, finishing with 10 points in 31 minutes. Los Angeles was outscored by 32 points when Gasol was on the court.
FANTASY SPOTLIGHT: Not only did Ellis register 30 points but he led the Mavs with nine assists and converted all eight of his free-throw attempts.
ROOKIE WATCH: Even with the impending return of first-round selection Shane Larkin, Gal Mekel appears to have solidified his spot as the primary backup to Jose Calderon in Dallas. Mekel scored nine points and registered five assists in 25 minutes.
NOTABLE: Chris Kaman, who had critical words for his former coach prior to the game, returned to Dallas and scored 10 points. ... Mavericks' rookie Ricky Ledo saw his first action of the year and scored two points in six minutes. ... Ryan Kelly also notched his first career points on a 3-pointer in the fourth quarter. ... Los Angeles has been outscored by a combined 50 points in its two road games.
UP NEXT: For the Mavericks, Wednesday @ Thunder, Friday @ Minnesota, Saturday @ Milwaukee. For the Lakers, Thursday @ Houston, Friday @ New Orleans, Sunday vs. Minnesota.