3:12 AM ET
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