Mavericks hold off Lakers without Dirk, Deron
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Harrison Barnes scored 31 points, Seth Curry added 23 and the Dallas Mavericks won their second straight game after an 0-5 start, 109-97 over the Los Angeles Lakers on Tuesday night.
JJ Barea had 18 points, seven rebounds and eight assists for the Mavericks, who beat the Lakers for the 11th consecutive time since April 2, 2013. Dallas forced 17 turnovers and held the Lakers off down the stretch, scoring 10 straight points midway through the fourth quarter to take control.
Jordan Clarkson scored 22 points and Nick Young had 20 as the Lakers' three-game winning streak ended.
Lou Williams scored 15 points for Los Angeles, which rallied from an 11-point deficit in the second half before failing to execute in the final minutes.
After getting their first win of the season Sunday against Milwaukee, the Mavs surprisingly won again without injured Dirk Nowitzki and Deron Williams. Nowitzki missed his second straight game with a sore Achilles tendon, while Williams missed his second straight game with a strained calf muscle.
Barnes hit 11 of 18 shots while carrying the Mavs, who used only eight players. Dallas has beaten the Lakers six straight times at Staples Center.
Young scored 13 points in the first 3:15, staking the Lakers to an early lead. Dallas scored the final 11 points of the half to move ahead 58-54.
Mavericks: Coach Rick Carlisle shared a quick pregame moment with Lakers F Metta World Peace, who played for Carlisle in Indiana a decade ago. Carlisle, who still calls him Ron, said World Peace has reached out to him to ask about coaching. … Mavs rookie Dorian Finney-Smith had five points in his first NBA start.
Lakers: Luke Walton coached Barnes and Curry as an assistant with Golden State.
The Lakers (4-4) had moved above .500 for just the second time since Dec. 6, 2013, with a victory over Phoenix on Sunday. Los Angeles also hadn't won three straight games since the 2012-13 season, but couldn't make it four.
Mavericks: At Golden State on Wednesday.
Lakers: At Sacramento on Thursday.