Lakers' 73-70 victory over Mavericks wasn't pretty (Web links)
— The TImes' Mike Bresnahan highlights how Derek Fisher's game-winner in the Lakers' 73-70 win Monday against the Dallas Mavericks overshadowed an ugly performance.
--The Dallas Morning News' Eddie Sefko credits the Lakers for winning ugly.
— The Daily News' Elliott Teaford details Fisher's game-winner.
— The Orange County Register's Kevin Ding gives credit to the Lakers' defense.
— The Times' Bresnahan explains why it was surreal for former Laker Lamar Odom to return to Staples Center.
— The Times' Ben Bolch calls Fisher "Mr. Big Shot."
— The Times' Broderick Turner provides a behind-the scenes look of the TNT pre-game show with Shaquille O'Neal, Charles Barkley and Kenny Smith.
--ESPN Dallas' Jeff Caplan notes Lamar Odom's improvement.
— The TImes' T.J. Simers says Kobe Bryant needs to get Pau Gasol and Andrew Bynum more involved.
— ESPN Los Angeles' Brian Kamenetzky breaks down the Lakers' ugly win over Dallas.
--Lakers.com's Mike Trudell provides a running diary of the Lakers-Mavericks game.
--Silver Screen and Roll's DexterFishmore sums up the Lakers' win this way: "Great dessert, awful meal."
--Forum Blue and Gold's Darius Soriano applauds Fisher for his game-winning shot.
Tweet of the Day: "Several tweeters note declining Kobe poll numbers. So what. Top 3 in several categories at 33 and w/ injuries. Results are a positive." — SHowardCooper (NBA.com's Scott Howard-Cooper)
Rick Friedman Comment of the Day: "Still waiting for a credible explanation on why Lakers traded Odom for NOTHING in return? I fear Jim Buss (Tommy Boy) is merely a shadow of his legendary father and the GM Kupchak ... well he has until trade deadline to prove his mettle" -- Alan Castillo
— Mark Medina
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Photo: Derek Fisher celebrates after hitting a three-point shot with 3.1 seconds remaining to give the Lakers a 73-70 victory over the Dallas Mavericks on Monday night at Staples Center. Credit: Michael Nelson / EPA