DALLAS (AP) – Luka Doncic scored 30 points, leading theto a 115-110 victory over the Lakers on Thursday night in the return of Los Angeles star from a 30-game injury absence.
was rusty in his first game since Feb. 14 because of right calf and heel issues, scoring four points on 2-of-10 shooting while limited to 17 minutes in the first half only. The absence was the longest of the eight-time All-Star’s career.
Thelost their big man in the third quarter of the first of two consecutive games against the Lakers when Kristaps Porzingis sprained his left ankle and was ruled out for the rest of the game.
Withon the bench for the rest of the game and fellow star LeBron James also watching from there with his sprained right ankle, the Lakers erased an 11-point halftime deficit and were within four with three minutes remaining but Dallas held on.
The teams play another national TV game in Dallas on Saturday night.
, who had four rebounds, also missed two free throws while settling for jumpers but also failing to convert at the rim. Coach Frank Vogel said the plan was to play about 15 minutes, all in the first half.
was shut down after a 122-105 loss at Denver on Feb. 14, when the 28-year-old in his ninth season played just 14 minutes to start an LA slide of five losses in six games.
With James expected to miss at least two more weeks, the Lakers dropped to 7-10 since his injury. The defending NBA champs are fifth in the Western Conference, one spot out of home-court advantage in the first round of the playoffs.
Porzingis, playing a back-to-back for just the third time this season as thetry to protect him after offseason knee surgery, scored 19 points before limping to the bench and eventually off the court after his latest injury.
won their second straight at home after four consecutive losses at American Airlines Center.
Lakers:said the plan was 15 to 20 minutes, so they wanted to make sure they came up short of the bigger numbers. … Montrezl Harrell scored 14 points on 7-of-8 shooting
: All five Dallas starters finished in double figures. Josh Richardson scored 13 points, and Finney-Smith and Dwight Powell had 10 apiece. … The were dominated in rebounding in a loss to the Lakers in LA the second game of the season, but kept better pace this time. LA had a 45-38 edge.
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