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Thomas has solid debut but Lakers fall to Mavericks 130-123

Thomas has solid debut but Lakers fall to Mavericks 130-123

After a disappointing, and at times controversial 15-game stint with the Cleveland Cavaliers, Isaiah Thomas was dealt to the Los Angeles Lakers on deadline day in one of the Cavs' many roster-altering moves.

Julius Randle led the way for the Lakers with 26 points followed by Brandon Ingram and Thomas with 22 points. At this point, however, Thomas is concerned with helping the team win and would do whatever makes that possible.

A 2017 All-NBA second team performer who continues to work himself back into form after a hip injury, Thomas also didn't start his first game with the Cleveland Cavaliers when they hosted the Portland Trail Blazers on January 2.

After all, they had only been together for one shootaround and one game, roughly 24 hours total, when he was asked to evaluate his play and theirs after a loss Saturday to the Mavericks in Dallas.

The Lakers had a season-best, four-game winning streak stopped for the third time in a month.

Nowitzki, Barnes and starting guard Wesley Matthews all sat in the last three minutes, and rookie guard Dennis Smith Jr. put Dallas ahead for good at 119-118 on a layup.

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope * a href="https://stats.nba.com/players/off-screen/?sort=Poss&dir=1&Season=2017-18&SeasonType=Regular%20Season&PerMode=Totals&CF=Poss*GE*64" target="_blank" rel="noopener" *(17.8 percent frequency), Kyle Kuzma * a href="https://stats.nba.com/players/off-screen/?sort=Poss&dir=1&Season=2017-18&SeasonType=Regular%20Season&PerMode=Totals&CF=Poss*GE*64" target="_blank" rel="noopener" *(9.1 percent frequency) and Jordan Clarkson (7.9 percent frequency) have been given ample possessions to show their prowess.




Dallas' Dwight Powell scored 19, two shy of his career high.

Thomas, a lifelong Lakers fan, completed his first practice with his new team on Monday, an occasion that coincided with Lonzo Ball's first practice, albeit a limited one, in almost a month.

Lakers President of Basketball Operations Magic Johnson spoke at length about why the Lakers brought in the 29-year-old Thomas, who hits free agency this summer with the realization that the Brinks truck he once demanded will not be there. Following the game, Thomas said, "I got my powers back playing with this team".

Of course, Saturday night was made a little easier for Lakers head coach Luke Walton since Ball was ruled out with an injury. "I feel I deserve that and earned that". But at the same time, it's tough just putting a new guy out there.

"I would love to be a starter. I'm here to help this team".

LeBron also ignored Thomas before tying the game with 30 seconds left.

Thomas said things should only get better, as he will have three days to study the Lakers' system before the next game at New Orleans.


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