Lakers Lose Their Winning Streak

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On December 1st, the Lakers and the Mavericks battled at the Staples Center. Even though the Lakers had previously beaten the Mavericks, the Mavericks trained and built up their offense leading to the Lakers losing their 10 game winning streak.

Before December 1st, Lakers had maintained a winning streak against nine teams. This impressive winning streak began November 12th against the Phoenix Suns where Lakers won 123-115. As the season continued, Lakers kept winning but their streak was close to ending after three games. When the Lakers played versus the Sacramento Kings, the score ended up 99-97. This close call led the Lakers to a bigger score gap in their next game against the Atlanta Hawks where the final score was 122-101. As the Lakers kept coming out victorious, many fans believed that the Lakers would triumph over the Mavericks.

As the game started, many factors started affecting the Lakers and their chance of winning. To start, Lakers has players that were not playing at their best. During the game, Avery Bradley, one of their best defensive players, was injured. Also, Kyle Kuzma was not at his peak due to recently coming back from an eye and ankle injury. Because of Kuzma’s injuries, his time was limited and he only managed to score 4 points in 21 minutes. Throughout the whole game, LeBron James and Anthony Davis were the only Lakers to score more than 10 points. The Mavericks, on the other hand, were playing a good game. They were able to make ten 3-pointers in the first half of the game, opposed to Lakers making three 3-pointers. Luka Doncic was the player who led the Mavericks by scoring 27 points, with 10 assists and 9 rebounds. Moreover, the amount of rebounds and turnovers made a huge difference in the game. Mavericks had 51 rebounds and 13 turnovers, while the Lakers had 45 rebounds and 17 turnovers. In the final score the Lakers lost to the Dallas Mavericks 114-100.

Senior Jason Mederos explained, “The Lakers are a good team but at times they can get ahead of themselves and lose control of the game.” Now, fans of both teams are waiting for their next match on December 29 at 6:30 p.m.

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