DALLAS – For many times throughout their glorious history, the Los Angeles Lakers have embarrassed the Dallas Mavericks.
Friday night at American Airlines Center, the tabled were turned.
The Mavs did whatever they wanted to and whenever they wanted to, as they toyed with the Lakers while rolling to a lopsided 140-106 victory before a sellout crowd of 20,353.
"We just moved the ball,’’ said Chandler Parsons, who finished with 21 points in 29 minutes. "We played so unselfish and that was probably our best ball movement.
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"People had good shots (but) if somebody had a better shot we moved the ball. In the paint we penetrated and drove, kicked it to the open man, and that’s how we need to play.’’
The Mavs shot a season-high 62.2 percent from the field, made 18-of-35 baskets form 3-point range, and added a season-high 37 assists to their season-high single-game point total.
"Our goal is to play consistent every night, not only at home but also on the road,’’ said Monta Ellis, who collected 20 points and 10 assists. "We have to protect out home court because one thing that we’re trying to accomplish here is to get a good advantage on home court going into the playoffs.
"We need to take it game by game and continue to play hard and continue to grow as a team. We need to put some wins together and see what happens.’’
After the blowout of the Lakers, the Mavs have put together a six-game winning streak while improving to 10-3 going into Saturday’s game in Houston.
"(In the) second half the unselfishness was really tremendous,’’ coach Rick Carlisle said. "We just got to keep preaching it, guys got to keep doing it.
"This was a hard game that turned into an easy game in the end. But we had to get some traction defensively and we had to keep scoring.’’
The Mavs scored 68 points in the first half and 72 in the second half. Even Kobe Bryant, who was held to 17 points on 6-of-22 shooting, was flabbergasted about the way this game unfolded and also impressed with the hot-shooting Mavs.
"Tonight is a setback, but sometimes you take a couple of steps forward before taking a step back,’’ Bryant said. "Sometimes you take a step back before you can take a couple of steps forward.
"They are extremely good, but they shot the lights out. I mean, fifth-five percent from three is crazy.’’