LOS ANGELES – The Mavericks might have planted a seed of doubt in the two-time defending champions’ minds while stealing Game 1 and homecourt advantage.
“I’m highly concerned,” Lakers star Kobe Bryant said. “This team can beat us. It's clear. We just have to come in ready to play Game 2."
It’s also clear that the Mavericks, who have now won back-to-back road games after losing 18 of their previous 20 games away from the American Airlines Center, believe they can beat L.A.
There wasn’t a celebratory mood in the Staples Center visitors’ locker room after the Mavs rallied from a 16-point deficit to stun the Lakers. It was all business, with the Mavs already thinking about how they can play better in Game 2.
“We’re not happy right now. We’re not satisfied,” Jason Terry said. “We didn’t play our best basketball. When we watch the film, we’ll realize what we did out there wasn’t that great.”
It was certainly good enough to get the Lakers’ attention.