Seth Curry never missed on his way to 23 total points as the Dallas Mavericks defeated LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers, 108-104.
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With all eyes set towards stars like James, Anthony Davis and Luka Doncic, the less-heralded Curry brother stole the show in today’s contest. Seth torched the Lakers by making all eight of his shots, including a perfect 6-6 clip from three-point territory. Hulking big man Boban Marjanovic pulled in a double-double performance of 17 points, 13 rebounds and 2 blocks, while Doncic amassed his usual all-around numbers of 14 points, 5 boards and 6 dimes.
Despite the loss, the Lakers saw no signs of rust from their star players. Davis and James logged in only 15 minutes each, but were able to produce 12 markers apiece. Starting center JaVale McGee topscored with 13 points, along with back-up guard Quinn Cook who also chipped in 13.
The Lakers also got promising debuts from their newly-acquired backcourt players. Dion Waiters contributed 9 points and 3 assists off the bench, while JR Smith logged in 14 minutes of play and put up 6 points. Lakers head coach Frank Vogel also fielded in rookie Talen Horton-Tucker and sophomore Kostas Antetokounmpo.
Trey Burke and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist didn’t play for the Mavericks. On the other hand, the Lakers missed the services of Markieff Morris and their injured veteran playmaker Rajon Rondo.
Mavericks (108) – Curry 23, Marjanovic 17, Doncic 14, Jackson 13, Kleber 10, Porzingis 8, Hardaway Jr. 8, Wright 5, Cleveland 4, Reaves 3, Finney-Smith 3, Barea 0
Lakers (104) – McGee 13, Cook 13, James 12, Davis 12, Kuzma 9, Waiters 9, Howard 9, Green 8, Smith 6, Antetokounmpo 5, Horton-Tucker 4, Cacok 3, Dudley 1, Caldwell-Pope 0