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CM – Anthony Davis, in turn, rusts when Lakers fall on Mavericks

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, the Lakers Guardian, shoots as Willie Cauley-Stein of the Mavericks (left), Jalen Brunson (center) and Kristaps Porzingis defend in the second half of Thursday’s game in Dallas. (AP Photo / Tony Gutierrez)

Anthony Davis, Los Angeles Lakers forward, gestures in the first half of the team’s NBA basketball game against the Dallas Mavericks on Thursday, April 22, 2021 in Dallas. (AP Photo / Tony Gutierrez)

Los Angeles Lakers forward Anthony Davis plays the ball in the first half of the team’s NBA basketball game against the Dallas Mavericks on Thursday April 22, 2021 in Dallas. (AP Photo / Tony Gutierrez)

Anthony Davis of the Lakers reaches for a pass while Dorian Finney-Smith of the Mavericks defends in the first half of the game on Thursday night in Dallas. (AP Photo / Tony Gutierrez)

Dallas Mavericks’ Kristaps Porzingis is fouled by Los Angeles Lakers forward Kyle Kuzma in the first half of an NBA basketball game in Dallas, Thursday April 22, 2021. (AP Photo / Tony Gutierrez)

Kristaps Porzingis (6) of Dallas Mavericks works in the first half of an NBA basketball game in Dallas on Thursday April 22, 2021 against Anthony Davis, the Los Angeles Lakers striker. (AP Photo / Tony Gutierrez)

The center of Dallas Mavericks, Dwight Powell, defends as Los Angeles Lakers striker Anthony Davis shoots in the first half of an NBA basketball game in Dallas, Thursday April 22, 2021. (AP Photo / Tony Gutierrez)

Mavericks player Luka Doncic (left) works against Dennis Schroder from the Lakers in the first half of Thursday’s game in Dallas. Saturday’s rematch will have a potential impact on the playoff seeds. (AP Photo / Tony Gutierrez)

The Lakers ‘Anthony Davis is working against Dorian Finney-Smith (center) and the Mavericks’ Luka Doncic when attempting a shot in the first half of the game in Dallas on Thursday night. (AP Photo / Tony Gutierrez)

Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James watches from the bench as the team plays the Dallas Mavericks in the first half of an NBA basketball game in Dallas, Thursday, April 22, 2021. (AP Photo / Tony Gutierrez)

Luka Doncic (77) of the Dallas Mavericks shoots as Talen defends Horton-Tucker of the Los Angeles Lakers (right) in the first half of an NBA basketball game in Dallas on Thursday, April 22, 2021. (AP Photo / Tony Gutierrez)

Anthony Davis, Ben McLemore, Kyle Kuzma (front) and Dennis Schroeder of the Los Angeles Lakers play in the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Dallas Mavericks on Thursday April 22, 2021 in Dallas. (AP Photo / Tony Gutierrez)

Dallas Mavericks forward Tim Hardaway Jr. drives into the basket while Talen Horton-Tucker (5) of the Los Angeles Lakers in the first half of an NBA basketball game in Dallas on Thursday, April 22, 2021 , defended. (AP Photo / Tony Gutierrez)

DALLAS, TEXAS – APRIL 22: Anthony Davis # 3 of the Los Angeles Lakers makes a shot against the Dallas Mavericks in the first quarter at the American Airlines Center on April 22, 2021 in Dallas, Texas. NOTE TO USER: The user expressly acknowledges and agrees that by downloading and / or using this photo, the user is agreeing to the terms of the Getty Images license agreement. (Photo by Ronald Martinez / Getty Images)

Anthony Davis of the Los Angeles Lakers prepares for the start of the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Dallas Mavericks in Dallas on Thursday April 22, 2021. (AP Photo / Tony Gutierrez)

Kristaps Porzingis of Dallas Mavericks (left) hails from Montrezl Harrell of Los Angeles Lakers (center) while Talen Horton-Tucker (5) during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Dallas on Thursday April 22, 2021, watching. (AP Photo / Tony Gutierrez)

Dallas Mavericks Center Kristaps Porzingis (6) passes Dennis Schroeder (17) and Anthony Davis (3) of the Los Angeles Lakers in the first half of an NBA basketball game in Dallas, Thursday, April 22, 2021 / Tony Gutierrez)

Andre Drummond (2) of Los Angeles Lakers and Kyle Kuzma defend while Dorian Finney-Smith (10), Dallas Mavericks striker, in the first half of an NBA basketball game in Dallas, Thursday April 22, 2021, Dunks plays. (AP Photo / Tony Gutierrez)

DALLAS, TEXAS – APRIL 22: Kentavious Caldwell-Pope # 1 of the Los Angeles Lakers shoots a shot against Dorian Finney-Smith # 10 of the Dallas Mavericks in the second quarter at the American Airlines Center on April 22, 2021 in Dallas, Texas. NOTE TO USER: The user expressly acknowledges and agrees that by downloading and / or using this photo, the user is agreeing to the terms of the Getty Images license agreement. (Photo by Ronald Martinez / Getty Images)

Anthony Davis, 3, of the Los Angeles Lakers speaks to Montrezl Harrell, 15, as they go to court in Dallas in the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Dallas Mavericks on Thursday, April 22, 2021. (AP Photo / Tony Gutierrez)

Andre Drummond (2) of the Los Angeles Lakers and Dennis Schroeder (right) pull the ball from Luka Doncic, guardian of the Dallas Mavericks, in the second half of an NBA basketball game in Dallas, Thursday, April 22, 2021 , from. (AP Photo / Tony Gutierrez)

Dennis Schroeder of the Los Angeles Lakers works against Luka Doncic (77) of the Dallas Mavericks in the second half of an NBA basketball game in Dallas on Thursday, April 22, 2021. (AP Photo / Tony Gutierrez)

DALLAS, TEXAS – APRIL 22: Kentavious Caldwell-Pope # 1 of the Los Angeles Lakers shoots against Kristaps Porzingis # 6 of the Dallas Mavericks in the second quarter at the American Airlines Center on April 22, 2021 in Dallas, Texas. NOTE TO USER: The user expressly acknowledges and agrees that by downloading and / or using this photo, the user is agreeing to the terms of the Getty Images license agreement. (Photo by Ronald Martinez / Getty Images)

Los Angeles Lakers forward Anthony Davis points down in the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Dallas Mavericks in Dallas, Thursday April 22, 2021. (AP Photo / Tony Gutierrez)

DALLAS, TEXAS – APRIL 22: Anthony Davis # 3 of the Los Angeles Lakers shoots against Dorian Finney-Smith # 10 of the Dallas Mavericks in the second quarter at the American Airlines Center on April 22, 2021 in Dallas, Texas. NOTE TO USER: The user expressly acknowledges and agrees that by downloading and / or using this photo, the user is agreeing to the terms of the Getty Images license agreement. (Photo by Ronald Martinez / Getty Images)

DALLAS, TEXAS – APRIL 22: Anthony Davis # 3 of the Los Angeles Lakers shoots against Dorian Finney-Smith # 10 of the Dallas Mavericks in the second quarter at the American Airlines Center on April 22, 2021 in Dallas, Texas. NOTE TO USER: The user expressly acknowledges and agrees that by downloading and / or using this photo, the user is agreeing to the terms of the Getty Images license agreement. (Photo by Ronald Martinez / Getty Images)

DALLAS, TEXAS – APRIL 22: Anthony Davis # 3 of the Los Angeles Lakers shoots a shot against Willie Cauley Stone # 33 of the Dallas Mavericks in the first quarter at the American Airlines Center on April 22, 2021 in Dallas, Texas. NOTE TO USER: The user expressly acknowledges and agrees that by downloading and / or using this photo, the user is agreeing to the terms of the Getty Images license agreement. (Photo by Ronald Martinez / Getty Images)

DALLAS, TEXAS – APRIL 22: Andre Drummond # 2 of the Los Angeles Lakers makes a shot against the Dallas Mavericks in the second quarter at the American Airlines Center on April 22, 2021 in Dallas, Texas. NOTE TO USER: The user expressly acknowledges and agrees that by downloading and / or using this photo, the user is agreeing to the terms of the Getty Images license agreement. (Photo by Ronald Martinez / Getty Images)

DALLAS, TEXAS – APRIL 22: Markieff Morris # 88 of the Los Angeles Lakers shoots against Tim Hardaway Jr. # 11 of the Dallas Mavericks in the second quarter at the American Airlines Center on April 22, 2021 in Dallas, Texas. NOTE TO USER: The user expressly acknowledges and agrees that by downloading and / or using this photo, the user is agreeing to the terms of the Getty Images license agreement. (Photo by Ronald Martinez / Getty Images)

DALLAS, TEXAS – APRIL 22: Willie Cauley-Stein # 33 of the Dallas Mavericks leaves the slam dunk against Andre Drummond # 2 of the Los Angeles Lakers in the second quarter at the American Airlines Center on April 22, 2021 in Dallas, Texas . NOTE TO USER: The user expressly acknowledges and agrees that by downloading and / or using this photo, the user is agreeing to the terms of the Getty Images license agreement. (Photo by Ronald Martinez / Getty Images)

DALLAS, TEXAS – APRIL 22: Andre Drummond # 2 of the Los Angeles Lakers is fouled by Dwight Powell # 7 of the Dallas Mavericks in the second quarter at the American Airlines Center on April 22, 2021 in Dallas, Texas. NOTE TO USER: The user expressly acknowledges and agrees that by downloading and / or using this photo, the user is agreeing to the terms of the Getty Images license agreement. (Photo by Ronald Martinez / Getty Images)

DALLAS, TEXAS – APRIL 22: Andre Drummond # 2 of the Los Angeles Lakers shoots against Kristaps Porzingis # 6 of the Dallas Mavericks in the second quarter at the American Airlines Center on April 22, 2021 in Dallas, Texas. NOTE TO USER: The user expressly acknowledges and agrees that by downloading and / or using this photo, the user is agreeing to the terms of the Getty Images license agreement. (Photo by Ronald Martinez / Getty Images)

DALLAS, TEXAS – APRIL 22: Montrezl Harrell # 15 of the Los Angeles Lakers shoots against Kristaps Porzingis # 6 of the Dallas Mavericks in the second quarter at the American Airlines Center on April 22, 2021 in Dallas, Texas. NOTE TO USER: The user expressly acknowledges and agrees that by downloading and / or using this photo, the user is agreeing to the terms of the Getty Images license agreement. (Photo by Ronald Martinez / Getty Images)

DALLAS, TEXAS – APRIL 22: Luka Doncic # 77 of the Dallas Mavericks makes a shot against the Los Angeles Lakers in the third quarter at the American Airlines Center on April 22, 2021 in Dallas, Texas. NOTE TO USER: The user expressly acknowledges and agrees that by downloading and / or using this photo, the user is agreeing to the terms of the Getty Images license agreement. (Photo by Ronald Martinez / Getty Images)

Anthony Davis of the Los Angeles Lakers gestures as he plays the Dallas Mavericks in the second half of an NBA basketball game in Dallas on Thursday April 22, 2021. (AP Photo / Tony Gutierrez)

DALLAS, TEXAS – APRIL 22: Dennis Schroder # 17 of the Los Angeles Lakers shoots against the Dallas Mavericks in the third quarter at the American Airlines Center on April 22, 2021 in Dallas, Texas. NOTE TO USER: The user expressly acknowledges and agrees that by downloading and / or using this photo, the user is agreeing to the terms of the Getty Images license agreement. (Photo by Ronald Martinez / Getty Images)

DALLAS, TEXAS – APRIL 22: Luka Doncic # 77 of the Dallas Mavericks is fouled by Montrezl Harrell # 15 of the Los Angeles Lakers in the third quarter at the American Airlines Center on April 22, 2021 in Dallas, Texas. NOTE TO USER: The user expressly acknowledges and agrees that by downloading and / or using this photo, the user is agreeing to the terms of the Getty Images license agreement. (Photo by Ronald Martinez / Getty Images)

DALLAS, TEXAS – APRIL 22: Luka Doncic # 77 of the Dallas Mavericks is fouled by Montrezl Harrell # 15 of the Los Angeles Lakers in the third quarter at the American Airlines Center on April 22, 2021 in Dallas, Texas. NOTE TO USER: The user expressly acknowledges and agrees that by downloading and / or using this photo, the user is agreeing to the terms of the Getty Images license agreement. (Photo by Ronald Martinez / Getty Images)

DALLAS, TEXAS – APRIL 22: Jalen Brunson # 13 of the Dallas Mavericks shoots a shot against Alex Caruso # 4 of the Los Angeles Lakers in the fourth quarter at the American Airlines Center on April 22, 2021 in Dallas, Texas. NOTE TO USER: The user expressly acknowledges and agrees that by downloading and / or using this photo, the user is agreeing to the terms of the Getty Images license agreement. (Photo by Ronald Martinez / Getty Images)

Los Angeles Lakers LeBron James (left) and Anthony Davis watch the game during the second half of the team’s NBA basketball game against the Dallas Mavericks in Dallas on Thursday, April 22, 2021. (AP Photo / Tony Gutierrez)

DALLAS, TEXAS – APRIL 22: Luka Doncic # 77 of the Dallas Mavericks makes a shot against the Los Angeles Lakers in the fourth quarter at the American Airlines Center on April 22, 2021 in Dallas, Texas. NOTE TO USER: The user expressly acknowledges and agrees that by downloading and / or using this photo, the user is agreeing to the terms of the Getty Images license agreement. (Photo by Ronald Martinez / Getty Images)

Luka Doncic (77) of Dallas Mavericks and Anthony Davis of Los Angeles Lakers greet each other after an NBA basketball game in Dallas on Thursday, April 22, 2021. (AP Photo / Tony Gutierrez)

As the buzzer sounded overhead, Anthony Davis shuffled to the baseline and stepped onto the screen as if he had already lost.

LeBron James, dressed in street clothes, met him when Davis shook his head and looked up at the scoreboard. There were still 24 minutes to play, but the 28-year-old all-star’s night was over. The expression on his face was depressed, as if he had just been the last part of the university team.

It had been up and down 17 minutes before that moment, and Davis’s emotions seemed to rise and fall with his game. As he warmed up on the layup line, his dizziness was evident, and the playful jaws with the Mavericks bench made both teams grin.

« I wasn’t nervous at all, » said Davis. « I mean, I was upset that I was missing shots that I normally do, so that was probably the most frustrating part. »

There’s still a long way to go, as Davis demonstrated on a rusty 2v10 shooting night after his two-month 30-game injury break. And there’s plenty to do for the Lakers, who have been flashed by the Mavericks and their multi-faceted young star Luka Doncic (115-110). They’re going to get another bang in Dallas on Saturday, but Davis’ mere presence is clearly not going to make it easy to win.

« Every time you integrate a player of this caliber, » said coach Frank Vogel, « there will be an adjustment phase. »

They had their chances thanks to efforts like that of point guard Dennis Schröder, who fouled 18.3 seconds before emptying his clip: 25 points and 13 assists. But the Lakers missed six shots in the final 2½ minutes of the game when they were already behind and couldn’t catch up when they fouled in desperation.

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope had the best 29 points of the season, including six 3 points. The best player in the game, however, was Doncic, the switchable, slender Slovenian who scored 30 points, nine rebounds and eight assists.

During a run in the second quarter, Doncic helped develop a run when the Mavericks dipped into three back-to-back possessions despite sharing the ground with Davis and Andre Drummond, the Lakers’ two best rim guards.

The result is a rubber match of the season series on Saturday, in which the Lakers could benefit more minutes from Davis and the Mavericks could have the disadvantage that no Kristaps Porzingis (19 points). The Latvian twisted his ankle in the third quarter and has not returned. Coach Rick Carlisle later said he didn’t think the injury was too serious.

It took Davis six tries to get his first shot, a high-arching jumper close to the free-throw line. Then he shook his head as if to say: about time. But all in all, his conditioning held up better than he thought.

« My wind felt better than I expected, » he said. « I look good; I missed. That comes with replay. But I felt good out there.  »

Davis had more consistent success on defense, where he blocked the 7-foot-3 Porzingi’s jump shot and in later possession choked Doncic to force a late shot. Overall, however, the Lakers couldn’t figure out how to take advantage of their returning star – who was injured with a right calf injury – as Dallas beat them by 11 points in his minutes.

The night’s biggest surprise was that Davis urged his own coach to stay out on the field. While Vogel had a 15-minute limit, Davis checked in four minutes in the second quarter after playing 13 – with a mischievous expression on his face. He later stated that the recommendation was between 15 and 20 minutes.

But this second half was tough as he was stuck on the bench in a gray hoodie. Patience must be a virtue over the coming weeks as the Lakers (currently fifth in the Western Conference leaderboard) try to win to stay out of the 7th play-in slot but are responsible for Davis’ minutes.

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« No matter where we fall in the playoffs, we’re going to come out and I think we’re going to be a challenge for everyone, so of course we see it by and large, » said Davis. « But we still want to make sure that we are in control of our own destiny and that we are able to get through playoffs one through six rather than falling on those seven through ten. »

In the third quarter, the Lakers looked like they might not need Davis to win. It took them less than two minutes to close the 11-point half-time gap as Schröder scored 14 points in the third quarter alone. Vogel called it « probably his best game as Laker ».

A big lead was on the free-throw line: the Mavericks tried 36 against the Lakers 17, and besides Schröder, Kyle Kuzma, Montrezl Harrell and Drummond were all in bad trouble.

« If it’s my best game of the season, I’ll go out with a W, » he said. « So it wasn’t good enough. »

« It was just fun to be out there again and it took me a long time so I was just excited to be out there. » @ AntDavis23 about how he felt about being on the ground again. pic.twitter.com/If1orLipQK

« This was probably his best game as Laker. » Frank Vogel on Dennis Schröder’s performance and what he saw tonight at @ AntDavis23. Pic.twitter.com/N79BfOHVRw

« It was a surreal moment for me, it felt like we were kids playing USA basketball again. » @AndreDrummond while playing next to @ AntDavis23. pic.twitter.com/XsxCGlACK1

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