On Sunday afternoon, LeBron James matched a career record by turning a blowout into a thrilling win over the Dallas Mavericks.
On Sunday, James and the Los Angeles Lakers rallied from a 27-point deficit to defeat the Dallas Mavericks 111-108 at the American Airlines Center, matching the largest comeback win in James’ career.
It was also the greatest comeback win in the NBA this season, and the largest comeback win for the Lakers since 2002, when they recovered from 30 points down to defeat the Mavericks.
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Until Sunday, NBA teams were 138-0 when leading by 27 points or more.
After limiting the Lakers to just 16 points in the opening quarter, the Mavericks jumped out to a commanding 48-21 lead just before halftime. By that time, the Lakers had missed their first 15 attempts from beyond the arc and appeared to be in a bad situation.
But, in the second half, the Lakers steadily made progress and stopped both Mavericks studs Luka Doncic and Kyrie Irving. In the opening quarter, Doncic scored 14 of his night’s 26 points, while Irving only tallied four of his 21 points in the final frame.
With 30 points and 15 rebounds as a team leader, Anthony Davis also tossed down a stunning put-back dunk in the closing seconds to help the Lakers secure a three-point victory.
James added 26 additional points and eight rebounds while making 10 of his 23 field goal attempts. Finishing with 15 points and 17 rebounds was Jarred Vanderbilt. The victory was the Lakers’ fourth in their previous five games and third in a row.
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Irving finished with 11 rebounds and five assists, while Doncic added nine rebounds and five assists. The only two Mavericks starters to reach double figures were them. With both Irving and Doncic on the court since their trade, Dallas has only won once and has already dropped four of its previous five games.
“I’m not here to save you. According to ESPN’s Tim MacMahon, Mavericks coach Jason Kidd stated, “I’m not playing. “Like you guys, I’m watching. We must develop as a team. We need to mature.