Luka Doncic starred as the Dallas Mavericks closed a five-game road trip with a 109-104 win over the Los Angeles Lakers at Crypto.com Arena on Tuesday.
Doncic scored 25 points and won eight rebounds as the Mavericks turned a six-point deficit with seven minutes remaining into a five-point victory.
The result means the Lakers have lost 10 of their past 13 matches.
The Lakers – ninth in the Eastern Conference – are at risk of not making the post-season play-in tournament which precedes the play-offs.
Lakers star LeBron James scored 26 points and collected 12 rebounds in the game.
He said: “We still have games to play.
“As long as we’ve got ballgames to play, we’ve got a chance.”
Lakers head coach Frank Vogel said defeat owed much to a spell Doncic enjoyed in the match, adding “Not good enough. It hurts. All these guys are hurting in there.”
With the victory, the Mavericks finish 4-1 on their road swing with their only loss coming against the Utah Jazz.