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Lakers can't hold off Mavericks, lose tough game

February 24, 2010 |  8:48 pm

Dallas 101, Lakers 96 (Final)

The Lakers had six players score in double figures, but it wasn't enough to stop the Dallas Mavericks from defeating Los Angeles Wednesday night at American Airlines Center.

Dirk Nowitzki had 31 points and Jason Terry had 30 for the Mavericks off the bench.

The Lakers split the four-game season series with the Mavericks.

The Lakers now are one game behind the Cleveland Cavaliers for the best record in the NBA.

Kobe Bryant led the Lakers with 20 points, but he was just nine-for-23 from the field.

The Lakers fell behind by nine points late in the fourth quarter after Terry scored for a 95-86 lead.

But the Lakers didn't stop coming.

Lamar Odom had a three-point play on a drive and free throw after he was fouled. Then Odom made a three-pointer and Bryant drove, pulling the Lakers to within 97-94 with 57 seconds left in the game.

After Shawn Marion missed inside, Bryant missed a three-pointer that could have tied the score.

Pau Gasol couldn't get the offensive rebound, the ball going to the Mavericks.

Terry made two free throws with 15.9 seconds left for a 99-94 Mavericks lead.