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Anthony Davis takes blame for buzzer-beating loss to Mavs

Anthony Davis takes blame for buzzer-beating loss to Mavs

LOS ANGELES — Over and over again, sitting in front of his locker after the game, Lakers star Anthony Davis repeated how tough it was to stomach Friday night’s 111-110 loss to the Mavericks at the buzzer.

Tough because his closeout wasn’t enough of a deterrent to stop Mavericks forward Maxi Kleber from getting off the game-winning 3 with 0.2 seconds left on the clock. Tough because the shot from Kleber was preceded by Davis going 1-for-2 from the foul line with 6.7 seconds left, failing to give Los Angeles a three-point cushion that would have at least made Kleber’s shot force overtime rather than win it outright.

Tough because just before that, with 7.2 seconds left and the Lakers leading by four, Davis fouled Kleber on a 3-point attempt and Kleber drained all three free throws to bring Dallas within one.

“I already came in and told them the last play was my fault,” said Davis, who has taken the blame for a loss twice in the Lakers’ past four games, the other coming in Houston when he had to sit out because of a lingering foot injury.

And tough, Davis said, because on a night when four other teams surrounding Los Angeles in the standings — Golden State, Minnesota, New Orleans and Portland — all lost, the Lakers failed to capitalize.

“It’s tough all the way across the board,” Davis said after his 26 points and 10 rebounds were for naught.

Instead, all the momentum swung to the Mavericks. Playing on the road without Luka Doncic and welcoming Kyrie Irving back to the lineup after a three-game absence because of right foot soreness, Dallas came in and took the win.

The victory moved the Mavericks to No. 6 in the Western Conference at 36-35, and they won the season series against the Lakers 2-1.

The Lakers are No. 10 in the West at 34-37, two games behind the Mavericks with 11 games to play, but it might as well be three games because Dallas now owns the tiebreaker.

As painful a night as it was for Davis, it was just as thrilling for Kleber, who nearly cost the Mavericks a game in San Antonio on Wednesday by throwing a full-court inbounds pass out of bounds with 1.8 seconds remaining in regulation and then blowing an assignment to free up Keldon Johnson for a lob to send it to overtime.

Kleber said during an on-court interview after the game that Irving, who scored 38 points and had the assist to Kleber on the final shot, told him, “That’s redemption,” for the near debacle in San Antonio.

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