Mar 29, 2022; Dallas, Texas, USA; Dallas Mavericks center Dwight Powell (7) dunks the ball on a pass from guard Luka Doncic (77) during the first quarter against the Los Angeles Lakers at the American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

The Los Angeles Lakers have had many great nights in the history of their franchise. Tuesday night will not be counted among them.

It was a disaster for the Lakers from pretty much the opening tip onward. Los Angeles fell behind the Dallas Mavericks 43-25 after one quarter. If there was any good news for the Lakers, the second quarter went better — just not much better. Los Angeles was outscored 39-31 in the second quarter and faced a monumental halftime deficit.

Just how bad was it? The 82 points surrendered in the first half made for the second-worst total in the franchise’s history and the worst since moving to the West Coast.

That’s a rough day at the office. In case the Lakers needed reminding of that, several fans on Twitter were all too happy to remind them.

It didn’t get any better after halftime. The Mavericks continued to pile on with Luka Dončić securing a triple-double less than halfway through the third quarter.

But it wasn’t a one-man show. In fact, by the time the third quarter was over, the Mavericks led 113-84 and had seven different players in double-digit scoring with two others at five points.

In the complete interest of fairness, it must be said that Los Angeles was without LeBron James and Anthony Davis on Tuesday.

But entering Tuesday’s game, Los Angeles had a 0.5 game lead over the San Antonio Spurs for the final play-in game spot. You’d think that the players who took for the Lakers would battle a little bit harder. That has clearly not been the case.

It’s not often that Skip Bayless makes an unassailable point. But he was not alone.

The Lakers will have to do some soul-searching at the end of the season. Tuesday was a bad game in a season full of them.

[ESPN Stats & Info]

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