The Lakers came up empty on a couple of possessions as the quarter winded down but still went into the second up five points. You've got to get up.
The highlight of the night came when Doncic drilled a deep step-back 3-pointer over James in the fourth quarter with Mavericks legend Dirk Nowitzki looking on from a courtside seat. "We played well. And they beat us, but we beat ourselves with the rebounding, so we know what we've got to do better".
Carlisle said before the season that he wasn't sure if Doncic's production would improve considering the team had better players around him. "I thought that we made good adjustments as a team".
Doncic finished one rebound shy of yet another triple-double, adding 10 assists and nine rebounds to go with his 27 points on 10-of-23 from the field and 4-of-10 from beyond the arc. For LA, the duo of LeBron James and Davis combined for 52 points, 19 rebounds and 10 assists in the loss.
And as will be a theme for the month of December, it's not going to get any easier from here. Down big, Los Angeles reeled off a quick 10-0 run but they still found themselves down 15 going into the fourth. The Lakers had their worst day of the young season - or at least their worst quarter while Dallas outscored them 35-17.
Despite an early timeout, the Lakers still looked completely out of sorts on both ends as they could not get anything to fall while the Mavericks capitalized in transition off the former's misses.
Lakers: Kyle Kuzma played 21 minutes and scored four points despite spraining his ankle Friday against Washington. L.A.is now headed out on three-game trip starting against a tough Denver Nuggets squad that will kick off a stretch of the Lakers playing eight of their next nine games away from Staples Center.