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.