|7:30 PM PT8:30 PM MT9:30 PM CT10:30 PM ET2:30 GMT10:30 7:30 PM MST9:30 PM EST6:30 UAE (+1)03:3022:30 ET8:30 PM CTNaN:� , October 31, 2018
Staples Center, Los Angeles, California Attendance: 18,997
Lakers getting closer, host Mavericks
Dallas Mavericks at Los Angeles Lakers
- Dallas has scored at least 100 points in all seven games this season, its longest streak to start a season since 1986-87 (19 games). The Mavericks have also allowed at least 100 points in every game, their longest streak to start a season since 1992-93 (16 games).
- The Lakers are averaging 122.0 points this season, third in the NBA and their best through seven games since 1987-88 (123.6). They are also allowing 122.3 points per game, second in the NBA and their most through seven games in franchise history.
- The Lakers took three of the four games against Dallas last season, averaging 114.3 points. Last season, LeBron James shot 23.8 percent (4-for-17) from the field in a loss to Dallas, his worst field-goal percentage in a game since 2008 (23.5 percent against Detroit).
- Luka Doncic scored 31 points in the Mavericks' most recent loss to San Antonio while also having eight rebounds and four assists. The last Dallas rookie to put up such numbers in a game was Marquis Daniels in 2004.
- Brandon Ingram came back from his suspension to score 24 points in the Lakers' loss to Minnesota. He is averaging 17.3 points in three games this season while shooting 51.2 percent from the field.
- Last season, DeAndre Jordan shot 58.0 percent from the free-throw line, but is shooting 81.3 percent from the line this season. That difference (.233) is the largest in the NBA (minimum 4.0 free throw attempts per game).
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The Los Angeles Lakers are still learning how to play with their new superstar, and they'd really like to figure out how to win the close games.
The Lakers will likely get another chance when they host the Dallas Mavericks on Wednesday night at Staples Center.
Los Angeles (2-5) lost its third game by four points or fewer Monday night at the Minnesota Timberwolves. All five losses have come by single digits.
"Nobody feels sorry for us," Lakers coach Luke Walton told reporters after the 124-120 loss in Minneapolis. "It's up to us to figure it out and start winning some of these close games, and we will. I can promise you that."
The Mavericks (2-5) are also desperate for a win after dropping their past four games -- all by single digits. Dallas pushed the San Antonio Spurs to overtime Monday before losing 113-108.
"This is a group that is getting closer every game," Dallas coach Rick Carlisle told reporters after the loss. "They're fighting harder every game."
Mavericks rookie small forward Luka Doncic is off to a promising start. He's averaging 20.4 points, 6.4 rebounds, and 4.0 assists per game, numbers that have never been put up over a full season by a first-year NBA player.
He had a season-high 31 points and eight rebounds against San Antonio.
"He's a very good player," Carlisle said. "He certainly doesn't look surprised that this is happening."
Mavericks center DeAndre Jordan will return to Staples Center for the first time since signing with Dallas in the offseason. The two-time NBA rebounding leader played his first 10 seasons with the Los Angeles Clippers.
The Lakers are back to full strength after starting small forward Brandon Ingram completed a four-game suspension and backup point guard Rajon Rondo a three-game ban for their roles in a fight with the Houston Rockets on Oct. 20.
Ingram scored 24 points in his first game back Monday, but only seven of those came in the decisive second half. Kyle Kuzma also faded down the stretch after scoring 16 of his 19 points in the first half.
James knew he was joining a young team when he left the Cleveland Cavaliers and signed a three-year deal with the Lakers last summer, but he's ready to see some improvement.
"We talk about patience, but we can't have a recurrence of the same things," he told reporters after the loss in Minnesota. "If you're doing the same things over and over and over and expecting a different result, then that's insanity."
The Lakers haven't had two days between games since the season started, but will after hosting Dallas, and will have two more two-day breaks next week to practice their deficiencies.
The Mavericks will be playing their seventh game in 12 days Wednesday night, and play again Friday against the visiting New York Knicks before getting their first three-day gap between games since the first two contests of the season.
"We're in the middle of just a grind week with all this travel," Carlisle said.
Updated October 30, 2018