On anniversary of Kobe's 81, Lakers score 73 in franchise's worst loss

On anniversary of Kobe's 81, Lakers score 73 in franchise's worst loss


DALLAS -- Dirk Nowitzki and the Dallas Mavericks had something to prove on Sunday following two straight tough losses.

Coming off a three-point effort in an overtime loss on Friday, Nowitzki scored all 13 of his points in the first half and Dallas gave the Los Angeles Lakers the worst loss in their history, 122-73.

"We didn't show up to play," Lakers coach Luke Walton said. "It's embarrassing for us as a team and for us as an organization. The effort just wasn't there tonight, which I don't understand."

The 49-point defeat just edged Los Angeles' two previous worst losses at 48 points, most recently 123-75 at Utah on March 28, 2016.

The Mavericks' winning margin was the third-largest in their history.

It was Dallas' 13th straight win over the Lakers, who have lost six of their last seven games overall.

After a season-best three-game winning streak, the Mavericks had blown a nine-point halftime lead at Miami on Thursday and lost to Utah on Friday.

Nowitzki was 1 for 13 against the Jazz, including a missed 3-pointer that would have tied the game in overtime.

"I looked sluggish the other night on that back-to-back," Nowitzki said, "but took a day off yesterday, didn't do anything. Felt a lot better today."

The game was close for 10 minutes, with Dallas leading 23-22 before the Mavericks scored the next 15 points to blow it open. Nowitzki had seven points during the run. He played just 20 minutes.

Justin Anderson led seven Mavericks in double figures with a game-high 19 points in 16 minutes, his most playing time since Dec. 27.

The Mavericks led 67-33 at the half and never looked back. They both scored their most points and allowed the fewest in a half and a game this season. The 34-point halftime lead was the third-largest in franchise history.

The Lakers scored their fewest points in a quarter, a first half and a game.

"What's deflating is that we didn't guard anybody tonight," Lakers forward Julius Randle said.

Lou Williams led the Lakers with 15 points.

Dallas' Seth Curry scored 14 points, including seven straight in the first quarter.

Wesley Matthews and Deron Williams also had 13 points. Devin Harris and Pierre Jackson scored 10 each. Rookies Jackson and Nicolas Brussino (eight points) each reached career highs.

Lakers: They played without D'Angelo Russell, second on the team at 14.3 points per game. An MRI taken Saturday showed a mildly sprained right MCL and strained right calf. That left the Lakers with rookie Brandon Ingram starting at point guard, and they had a season-low 10 assists. ... Larry Nance Jr. (bone bruise, left knee) returned after missing 16 games and scored four points.

Mavericks: Dallas' record winning margin was 123-70 win at home over the 76ers on Nov. 13, 2014. They beat the Knicks 128-78 in New York on Jan. 24, 2010. ... J.J. Barea missed his 26th game this season because of a strained left calf aggravated on Friday. Coach Rick Carlisle said he didn't expect Barea back until after the All-Star break (Feb. 24 at the earliest). Andrew Bogut (strained right hamstring) could return this week, according to Carlisle.

Mavericks G Deron Williams moved into 20th place in NBA history with 6,715 assists, passing Kevin Johnson. Williams has had at least seven assists in seven straight games; on Sunday, he had eight, seven by halftime.

Nowitzki tied J.R. Smith for 15th place in 3-point field goals by making one for a total of 1,729.

Lakers: Travel to Portland for the second game of a three-game trip on Wednesday night.

Mavericks: Complete a three-game homestand on Wednesday night against New York.

Joe Lacob: 'Of course' the Warriors will have to re-recruit Kevin Durant next summer


Joe Lacob: 'Of course' the Warriors will have to re-recruit Kevin Durant next summer

In case you have been living under a rock for the last couple of months...

Back in early July, Kevin Durant re-signed with the Warriors. The contract is essentially another one-year pact because it includes a player option in 2019-20 and Durant will assuredly opt out and become a free agent again.

Is Golden State owner Joe Lacob at all concerned that Durant didn't ink a multi-year extension?

"Sure. I would have liked to have had him -- we would have liked to have had him -- been here longer; sign a long-term deal," Lacob told The Athletic's Tim Kawakami on The TK Show Podcast. "But on the other hand, we're happy to have him. And you know, by him signing a one-year deal, it did save us a little bit of money actually.

"So it allows us to do some other things. Like maybe we wouldn't have DeMarcus Cousins as an example. KD's been great. He's my hero, man. He has been a really good partner for us. He's taken a little bit of a discount the last few years to allow us to do a few extra things.

"And I'm never gonna forget that."

[REWIND: Hey Kevin Durant -- will you take another $10 million pay cut? 'Would that be smart?']

In the summer of 2017, Durant could have inked a max deal that would have paid him about $34.7 million in 2017-18. He ended up signing for $25 million, which allowed the Warriors to retain Andre Iguodala and Shaun Livingston.

This summer, he also could have inked a max deal that would have paid him about $35.6 million in 2018-19, but that would have required him to sign for at least two guaranteed years (not including options). He chose a route that will pay him $30 million this season and ensure flexibility moving forward.

So yes, Durant has saved the Warriors about $15 million in salary, plus tens of millions more in luxury tax penalties.

Next summer, Durant will be eligible to sign a 5-year max deal with Golden State worth over $221 million.

He may also decide to leave the Warriors, and Lacob understands that the franchise will have to re-recruit the two-time Finals MVP.

"Of course we do," Lacob told Kawakami. "He deserves to be able to go and be happy wherever he wants to be. I hope it's here. And I hope he feels the same that way I do, and we do, about him when it comes time next summer. But you never can predict these things.

"We just will do our job and he'll do his job and we'll see what happens next summer. And let the chips fall where they may."

Drew Shiller is the co-host of Warriors Outsiders. Follow him on Twitter @DrewShiller

Jonas Jerebko: Warriors training camp profile


Jonas Jerebko: Warriors training camp profile

The Bulls did it twice, with Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen leading the way. The Lakers accomplished it once, behind Shaquille O’Neal and Kobe Bryant. In the 42 seasons since the NBA-ABA merger, those are the only franchises to win three consecutive NBA Finals.

When the Warriors come together for training camp on Sept. 25, their goal is to become the third.

Here is a look at those players with guaranteed roster spots.


Player: Jonas Jerebko
Position: Forward
Height/weight: 6-10, 231 pounds
College: None (Played two seasons in Sweden and two in Italy before becoming the second Swedish national player selected in the NBA Draft in 2009)
Age: 31
Salary: $2.18M (one-year contract at the veteran’s minimum, per Spotrac)
NBA 2K Player Rating: 75

2017-18 in review: After signing with Utah last summer, Jerebko became one of the team’s key reserves. A solid 3-point shooter for most of his career, the “stretch-4” actually enhanced his reputation as a long-range shooting specialist. His minutes, however, were curtailed in the postseason, where the Jazz was eliminated in the conference semifinals.

Key stats: 74 games (19 starts), averaging 5.8 points (46.6 percent FG, 41.4 percent 3p, 80.7 percent FT).

Season highs: Points (17), 3-pointers (four), rebounds (eight, four times), assists (three), minutes (30).

2018-19 outlook: Jerebko represents the latest effort by the Warriors to discover legitimate floor-stretchers off the bench. They’ve traditionally been at or near the bottom of the league in 3-pointer made by reserves. Can he change that? With the Warriors placing a priority on limiting minutes for key starters, there will be an opportunity for Jerebko to crack the rotation. If he can shoot higher than 40 percent from beyond the arc, there is no reason to believe he won’t stay there.