DALLAS, Texas – In order to reach their objective of making the NBA Playoffs in 2023, the Lakers will have their work cut out for them, but they are making the necessary preparations.
The Los Angeles Lakers persevered despite falling behind by as many as 27 points in Dallas, pulling off the biggest comeback of the 2022–23 NBA season to defeat the Mavericks and win their third straight game.
LeBron James concluded with 26 points, Jarred Vanderbilt provided a spark with 15 points, 17 rebounds, and four steals, and Anthony Davis led the team with a game-high 30 points and 15 rebounds.
The biggest comeback by LA since the 2002 to 03 season lifts the team to a record of 29 to 32 for the year. With the defeat, Dallas’ record drops to 32 to 30.
From the historic demonstration in LA, The Sporting News followed real-time events.
There are 2.2 seconds left when Dennis Schroder is purposefully fouled.
Irving’s halfcourt heave is unsuccessful, and Schroder makes two out of two shots.
A 111-108 victory for the Lakers is their biggest comeback in more than 20 years.
Anthony Davis is purposefully fouled by Dallas, and LA scores four points after he makes two of his three free throws. To reduce the lead to one, Justin Holiday makes a wide-open 3-pointer.
Mavericks 108 – 109 Lakers. There are still 5.4 seconds. Dallas is not even given the opportunity to tie the game thanks to LA’s all-around superstar forcing a turnover.
In an effort to seal the victory and complete their comeback, the Lakers, who have the ball out of bounds on the side, have called a timeout and are attempting to make free throws.
Mavericks 105 – 108 Lakers. There are just 12.7 seconds left.
It’s getting close to the wire, as predicted.
With 18 seconds left, LA has a three-point lead thanks to a turnaround jumper from Anthony Davis. In the current game, Davis has 29 points. Mavericks 105 – 108 Lakers. Dallas, take a break. Even if it is only for the moment, the Mavericks are back in the lead.
Dallas leads by one point after Luka Doncic makes a and-one to extend his total to 23 points.
Darvin Ham calls a timeout to prepare something for his squad after a few unsuccessful possessions.
98 for the Mavericks and 97 for the Lakers. There is still time to complete the regulation at 3:43. With only a few minutes left, things are about to get very exciting as the Lakers try to extend their lead. As the fourth quarter progresses, an Austin Reaves layup extends LA’s lead to three points.
Mavs 90, Lakers 93. There is still 6:43 to go. A 3-pointer by LeBron James evens the score at 81. James gives the Lakers a stop before they go on to score the game’s first basket during the subsequent possession.