Walton took over as the team's head coach in 2016. "He makes everybody around him better so when you play him in a game don't put him in the corner or put him in with the wrong people because he can't make them better". "Our first quarter was very disappointing but we battled back", coach Rick Carlisle said. I've been saying [and] we've been saying since the beginning: We're going to be patient. "When you're not shooting the ball, you can't let that impact what you do on the defensive end". We just weren't sharp enough. "It is just about getting better with those things", Walton said. Obviously, we had the unexpected one when we had the suspensions, so we had a lineup change there.... Matthews' driving bank shot pulled the Mavericks to 70-64 before the Lakers went on a 17-4 run - which included 10 points by James - to open their largest lead at 87-68 with 4:40 remaining in the third.
The Lakers nearly blew a big point lead late but managed to hold on for the win.
CJ McCollum also finished with 30 points, though he also had a hard time hitting from outside, going 2-of-8 from three.
Jusuf Nurkic got his fourth double-double of the season with 14 points and 13 rebounds to go with two blocks and two assists in 30 minutes.
Evan Turner and Zach Collins combined to score 21 points of the bench. He is also making an astounding 5.9 three-pointers per game.
Anthony Davis returned from a two-game absence with a sprained right elbow and had 17 points and 12 rebounds for the Pelicans in a rematch of a Western Conference playoff series from last season.
Donovan Mitchell scored 26 points and Rudy Gobert added 22 for Utah.
Well, nobody can't say that the Los Angeles Lakers aren't interesting.