LeBron James matched a career-best on Sunday afternoon while turning a blowout into a thrilling win over the Dallas Mavericks.
James and the Los Angeles Lakers rallied from a 27-point hole to beat the Mavericks 111-108 at the American Airlines Center on Sunday, which matched the largest comeback win James has had in his career. It also marked the largest comeback win anywhere in the league this season, and the largest Lakers comeback win since 2002 — when they rallied from 30 points to beat the Mavericks.
NBA teams were 138-0 this season when leading by 27 or more points before Sunday.
— Los Angeles Lakers (@Lakers) February 26, 2023
The Mavericks, after holding the Lakers to just 16 points in the first period, built a massive 48-21 lead near the midway point of the second quarter. The Lakers had missed their first 15 shots from behind the arc by that point, and seemed well out of it.
The Lakers, however, slowly chipped away and shut down both Mavericks stars Luka Doncic and Kyrie Irving in the second half. Doncic scored 14 of his 26 points on the night in the first quarter, and Irving scored just four of his 21 points in the fourth quarter.
Anthony Davis led the Lakers with 30 points and 15 rebounds, and threw down a huge put-back dunk in the final minutes that propelled the Lakers to the three-point win.
Quand Anthony Davis joue comme ça...pic.twitter.com/alZKKKdhOl
— TrashTalk (@TrashTalk_fr) February 26, 2023
James added 26 points and eight rebounds while shooting 10-of-23 from the field. Jarred Vanderbilt finished 15 points and 17 rebounds. The win marked the third-straight for the Lakers, and the fourth in their last five games.
Doncic added nine rebounds and five assists, and Irving finished with 11 rebounds and five assists. They were the only two Mavericks starters to score double figures. Dallas has now lost four of its last five games, and has only won once with both Irving and Doncic on the floor since their trade.
“I’m not the savior here. I’m not playing,” Mavericks coach Jason Kidd said, via ESPN’s Tim MacMahon. “I’m watching, just like you guys. As a team, we’ve got to mature … We’ve got to grow up.”
LeBron James limps out of arena with foot injury
The Lakers got the win, but it may have come at a price.
James injured his right foot in the third quarter quarter, and was seen holding his ankle on the court and saying, "I heard a pop." He insisted after that he never thought about sitting the rest of the way. He didn't get into too much detail after, other than saying he "has been better."
James was spotted limping out of the arena, too.
LeBron limps out of AAC — with a 27-point comeback win. pic.twitter.com/7jbcN5JgUG
— Brad Townsend (@townbrad) February 27, 2023
“He’s good,” Lakers coach Darvin Ham said, via the OC Register’s Kyle Goon. “Our medical people are looking at him right now, and we’ll get a reevaluation in the morning.”
The Lakers have two games left in their three-game road trip. They'll take on the Memphis Grizzlies next on Tuesday before wrapping up with the Oklahoma City Thunder on Wednesday.