The Lakers lost two straight road games last week, in Sacramento and Memphis, before a big win in Dallas.
Center Dwight Howard, who averaged just seven points and 6.5 rebounds over those two defeats, blamed himself.
"The two games before [Dallas], my energy wasn't there," Howard said. "For this team to be successful it doesn't matter how many points I score or how many rebounds I get. As long as my energy is there on the defensive end and I'm active on the offensive end if I'm running, it just picks everybody up. My energy level has to stay high."
Howard responded with a 15-point, seven-rebound game against the Mavericks in a big Lakers victory, 115-89. Howard's defense was tremendous, represented in the box score with five steals and two blocked shots.
"I was upset at myself for the last two games before Dallas," Howard said. "My energy level was very low and we can't be successful that way."