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Alex Caruso trying to be ‘a catalyst’ for the Lakers

LOS ANGELES – The impressive win streak for the Los Angeles Lakers, which reached 10 games, is officially over. Luka Doncic and the Dallas Mavericks proved to be too much to handle on Sunday night at the Staples Center with the Lakers having an off night on their home floor.

Although it appeared the Lakers had the game in hand during the first half with LeBron James and company getting out to a 10-point lead at one point, the Mavs refused to go away as they continued to back battle back and eventually took over in the second half.

In the 14-point loss to the Mavs, Alex Caruso tried to provide the spark for the Lakers off the bench. The 25-year-old point guard hit a pair of three-pointers in the second half, which seemed to get the team going, but it was nowhere near enough to top Dallas as they proceded to cruise to victory, 114-100.

“I think the biggest thing for me is being a catalyst for my teammates with my energy,” Caruso said. “That stuff is contagious. Loose ball plays. Good defense. Stuff like that, and then obviously, when I make shots and get to the rim, it’s just an added bonus.

“I think for me, just continue to do what I’m doing. Those minutes I have just trying to uplift the team as much as possible.”

Falling to the Mavs marks only the third loss of the season for the Lakers and his the largest margin of victory by an opponent facing the purple and gold this season at 14. Los Angeles also lost to the Toronto Raptors last month and dropped the season opener to Kawhi Leonard’s new-look L.A. Clippers.

The Lakers will now play nine of their next 10 games on the road in what will almost certainly be the toughest stretch of the season for Frank Vogel’s squad thus far. They’ll start their road trip on Tuesday against a formidable opponent in the Denver Nuggets, who currently sit behind Los Angeles in the Western Conference standings at No. 2.