Caught in the Web: Reactions to the Lakers' win over the Mavericks
Another road trip behind them, the vanquished Dallas Mavericks only half a game in front of them in the Western Conference standings, the Lakers return home with only a blemish in Miami to mar their post-All-Star break résumé and a question mark surrounding Kobe Bryant's sprained left ankle.
Despite some rough phases to the 96-91 victory on Saturday night in Dallas, the Lakers did what they needed to do to lock up a victory. Namely, control the paint with Andrew Bynum and Pau Gasol while slowing down the efficient and high-scoring offense of the Mavericks.
Here's a sampling of what is floating around the Internet following the Lakers' victory:
The Times' Mike Bresnahan on a victory deep in the heart of Texas.
The Daily News' Elliott Teaford on Bynum's big role in the victory.
The Dallas Morning News' Eddie Sefko on some ominous signs for Dallas in the defeat.
The Fort Worth Star Telegram's Dwain Price on the Lakers tightening the race for second in the West.
Land o' Lakers blogger Andy Kamenetzky's "At the Buzzer" recap, with highlights and lowlights.
FoxSportsWest.com's Billy Witz on Bryant shaking off an ankle injury to lead the winning charge.
SilverScreenandRoll.com's Dexter Fishmore on Bynum's big game and Kobe's aching ankle.
Columns and notebooks
ESPNLosAngeles.com's Dave McMenamin on Bynum continuing to carve out his role with the Lakers.
The Times' Bresnahan on Phil Jackson's and Mark Cuban's mutual admiration (wink, wink).
The Morning News' Sefko on why the Lakers have the right size for more rings.
The Fort Worth Star Telegram's Randy Galloway on the Mavericks' big problem with the Lakers.
ESPNDallas.com's Jeff Caplan on some strange twists and turns in the game.
-- Dan Loumena
Photo: Lakers center Andrew Bynum, who finished with 22 points on nine-of-12 shooting and 15 rebounds, puts down a dunk against the Mavericks on Saturday night in Dallas. Credit: Matthew Emmons / US Presswire