The Los Angeles Lakers saw their 10-game winning streak snapped on Sunday, bowing down to the Dallas Mavericks 114-100 at the Staples Center on Sunday.
It wasn’t for the lack of effort from Anthony Davis though, as he came up with a solid double-double of 26 points and 10 assists in 36 minutes of action.
Speaking post-game, the six-time NBA All-Star talked about the team’s rare setback — which was just their third loss in 20 games this season. Per Kyle Goon of Southern California News Group:
“Our whole thing is we don’t want to lose two in a row ever. There’s definitely going to be a bounce back game,” Davis said.
After missing the playoffs and winning just 35 games the year prior, the Lakers have never lost back-to-back games this season and is currently tied with the Milwaukee Bucks for the best record in the NBA. They still hold the most wins against above .500 teams and have only tasted defeat against the Mavs, Toronto Raptors and Los Angeles Clippers.
Prior to their winning streak, the Lakers also enjoyed a seven-game streak in November. They bounced back beautifully after their opening day setback against the Clippers.
However, it won’t be a walk in the park for LA in their next game as they face the Denver Nuggets on Monday, who are currently second in the West with a 13-4 slate. This will be the first meeting between the two teams this season.
Davis, meanwhile, has been a total beast for the Purple and Gold in his first season, leading the team in points (26.1), rebounds (9.2), steals (1.5), and blocks (2.8).