Lakers vs Dallas: Lakers fall to Mavericks
Mavericks 109, Lakers 100 (final)
It was the beginning of a two-game trip, a trip in which the Lakers were facing a Dallas Mavericks team that had lost six consecutive games and still was trying to re-insert Dirk Nowitzki back into the lineup.
Before the game, Lakers Coach Phil Jackson had said the Mavericks were a dangerous team despite all that ailed Dallas.
Turns out Jackson was right.
The Lakers once had a 10-point lead, but couldn't sustain it.
The Lakers got down by 16 points in the fourth quarter, their defense getting ripped apart by the Mavericks, by guards Jason Terry and Jose Barea.
Terry came off the bench to score 22 points. Shawn Marion also had 22 points.
With Lamar Odom going to work, the Lakers pulled to within 99-91 late in the fourth.
But the Mavericks didn't fold.
They opened a 106-91 lead that the Lakers were unable to overcome.
Odom scored 14 of his 20 points in the fourth.
Pau Gasol led the Lakers with 23 points.
Andrew Bynum suffered a hyper-extened right elbow, which affected him to the point he was grabbing it during the fourth quarter.
Lakers 82 Mavericks 73 (end of third quarter)
They began the third quarter with an 6-0 run, which allowed the Lakers to open an eight-point lead.
But the Lakers ended the third quarter on a bad note, playing very little defense, watching the Mavericks seemingly score at will.
It got so bad that after Sasha Pavlovic made a three-pointer for an 82-71 Mavericks lead, Lakers Coach Phil Jackson leaped off the bench and called a timeout with just 31.1 seconds left in the third quarter.
Jackson then got into the facee of Lamar Odom, who looked away while Jackson yelled at him.
The Lakers were outscored 17-4 in the last six minutes, allowing the Mavericks to open a nine-point lead entering the fourth quarter.
Dallas made four three-pointers in the fourth quarter. a big reason why the Mavericks were able to take the lead.
Lakers 56, Mavericks 52 (end of first half)
The Lakers opened a 10-point lead in the second quarter, but saw that sliced up behind a barrage of Mavericks three-pointers.
Still, the Lakers held strong, going insidee to Pau Gasol to open a four-point lead at halftime.
Gasol had 17 points in eight-for-12 shooting.
The Lakers had their hands full with Jason Terry.
Terry had 15 points at halftime.
Lakers 31, Mavericks 23 (end of first quarter)
The Lakers made 61.9% of their first-quarter shots, including a three-pointer by Steve Blake with 3.3 seconds left that pushed L.A.'s lead to eight points at the end of the quarter.
Derek Fisher led the Lakers with seven points in the quarter, going three for four from the field and making his only three-point try.
The Lakers prepared to face a Dallas Mavericks team that's struggled recently.
The Mavericks have lost six straight games and the team has not been the same since forward Caron Butler went down with a season-ending ruptured right patellar tendon.
Dallas' All-Star forward Dirk Nowitzki also missed nine games because of a knee injury, but has played in his last two.
Dallas center Tyson Chandler missed the last two cames with the flu.
"I think they are a very dangerous team," Lakers Coach Phil Jackson said before the game Wednesday night at American Airlines Center in Dallas. "I think with Nowitzki coming back -- he played two games on the road and he's back at home -- and Chandler was out and now he's back. I think they are ready to resume trying to get back in this race."
-- Broderick Turner, reporting from Dallas