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Lakers somehow beat Dallas, 96-91

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Things could be worse for the Lakers. They can still win big games.

They lost a 14-point lead and couldn't make free throws in the final minute but held on to beat the Dallas Mavericks, 96-91, Wednesday at American Airlines Center.

Pau Gasol had 24 points and Andrew Bynum had 19 points and 14 rebounds as the Lakers' big men covered for one of Kobe Bryant's worst games this season. He had 15 points on four-for-15 shooting and committed seven turnovers.

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Derek Fisher made big shots on consecutive possessions in the final minutes, a three-pointer and a driving hook that put the Lakers ahead, 89-82. Fisher finished with 15 points.

Bryant found Bynum for an alley-oop dunk, giving the Lakers a 93-86 lead with 1:05 to play. But the Lakers couldn't close out the game at that point. Matt Barnes, Bryant and Gasol each missed two free throws as Dallas closed to within 93-91.

Luckily for the Lakers, Barnes got the offensive rebound off Gasol's second missed free-throw, was quickly fouled and made both from the stripe to give the Lakers a 95-91 lead with 18.9 seconds left. The Mavericks didn't score again.

Vince Carter had 20 points for Dallas (21-13), but 18 were in the first half.

The Lakers (20-13) hadn't been back to Dallas since the Mavericks eliminated them here in the Western Conference semifinals last season.

The Lakers improved to 6-11 on the road.

Dallas forward Lamar Odom missed the game because of family reasons, the Mavericks said.

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Photo: Lakers forward Pau Gasol tries to put up a shot during the first half of Wednesday's victory over the Dallas Mavericks. Credit: Tony Gutierrez / Associated Press

Lakers tied with Dallas at halftime, 48-48

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Almost everything is going awry for the Lakers.

They lost a 14-point lead in the second quarter and were tied with the Dallas Mavericks, 48-48, at halftime Wednesday at American Airlines Center.

The Lakers were comfortably ahead until a Dallas surge late in the second quarter.

Pau Gasol has 16 points and Andrew Bynum has nine points as the Lakers have worked their post game to near perfection. Kobe Bryant has only five points on one-for-six shooting.

Vince Carter already has 18 points for Dallas (21-12).

Gasol was everywhere in the first quarter, scoring 12 points and feeding Bynum for two alley-oop dunks as the Lakers took a 25-21 lead into the second quarter.

The Lakers (19-13) hadn't been back to Dallas since the Mavericks eliminated them here in the Western Conference semifinals last season.

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Photo: Dallas guard Vince Carter, left, tries to get past Lakers guard Steve Blake during the first half of Wednesday's game. Credit: Tony Gutierrez / Associated Press

Lakers 73, Mavericks 70 (final)

Lakers3_510It wasn't quite 0.4, but Derek Fisher's shot was just in time.

The veteran Lakers point guard took a pass from Kobe Bryant and drained a three-pointer from the wing with 3.1 seconds left, giving his team a slice of redemption against the Dallas Mavericks on Monday night at Staples Center.

Fisher's three-pointer was the only shot from beyond the arc that the Lakers made; they finished one for 10 during a game that had some rough pockets of play, including a seven-point third quarter for the Lakers.

Dallas' Vince Carter missed a three-pointer at the buzzer while being defended by Metta World Peace.

Mavericks guard Jason Terry had tied the score at 70-70 with nine seconds left on a one-handed floater in the lane. The Lakers had a chance to extend a two-point lead on their previous possession, but Kobe Bryant missed a jump shot.

Fisher has developed a knack for game-winning shots, having beaten among others the San Antonio Spurs in a 2004 playoffs series on a jumper with four-tenths of a second left.

Fisher was also instrumental Monday night during a game-changing push earlier in the quarter, scoring six points during a 10-0 run that turned a three-point deficit into a 66-59 lead for the Lakers. Fisher finished with 13 points, three rebounds and two assists.

Bryant finished with 14 points, ending his run of four consecutive games with at least 40 points. Bryant missed 15 of 22 shots, symbolic of a team that made only 38.2% of its shots overall.

Andrew Bynum was a force for the Lakers, getting 17 points and 15 rebounds.

Dirk Nowitzki had 21 points for Dallas, which also struggled to make shots, finishing 35% from the field. Lamar Odom had 10 points in his return to Staples Center. 

Mavericks 51, Lakers 46 (end of third quarter)

Forget about 40 points. Kobe Bryant has some work to do just to reach double figures.

The Lakers star's struggles continued in the third quarter, when he went scoreless while missing all six shots. He has only eight points on four-of-15 shooting.

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Lakers draw on 2011 playoff exit as motivation against Dallas

All the shuffling personnel and coaching changes trace back to one memorable moment seven months ago.

The Lakers lost in a four-game sweep to the Dallas Mavericks in the Western Conference semifinals, prompting more urgency in the team's front office to make roster changes. Phil Jackson's far-from-glorious last chapter in an otherwise storied career convinced ownership to move far away from his influence in hiring the next coach. And the Lakers were left stewing throughout a prolonged off-season, wondering where it all went wrong.

So of course, the Lakers (9-5) have attached extra importance to hosting the Dallas Mavericks (8-5) on Monday at Staples Center.

"I know everyone says it's just another regular-season game," Lakers forward Luke Walton said. "It is, but it's one of those regular-season games that will be a little more exciting. You want this a little more than most of the other ones."

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Mike Brown compares Kobe Bryant and LeBron James

 

The Times' Ben Bolch notes Mike Brown's belief that Kobe Bryant is more "serious-minded" than LeBron James

--The Times' Ben Bolch notes Mike Brown's belief that Kobe Bryant is more "serious-minded" than LeBron James.

--The Cleveland Plain Dealer's Mary Schmitt Boyer talks to Brown about how he's adjusting to the Lakers. 

--The Orange County Register's Janis Carr says she believes that Andrew Bynum has a strong chance to make the All-Star team.

--Ball Don't Lie's Kelly Dwyer says he loves the story lines surrounding Bryant and James. 

--ESPN Los Angeles' Brian Kamenetzky explains why Steve Blake's rib injury severely hurts the Lakers at point guard.

--The Daily News' Elliott Teaford argues that the Lakers' next three games against Cleveland, the Clippers and Dallas could be emotional. Brown used to coach the Cavs, the Lakers nearly landed Clippers guard Chris Paul and former Laker Lamar Odom was traded to the Mavericks.

--Lakers.com's Mike Trudell does some number-crunching regarding Bryant's scoring.

--Silver Screen and Roll's C.A. Clark argues that the Lakers need Dwight Howard's teammates more than they need Howard.

Tweet of the Day: "The Lakers have just 5 home games in the next 32 days." -- ESPNChrisPalmer (Chris Palmer, ESPN The Magazine NBA writer)

Rick Friedman Reader Comment of the Day: "The Lakers need to get themselves a pointguard someone who's going to put the bigs in a better position to score. Kobe contolling the ball takes the effectiveness away from Pau and Bynum. It's great Kobe is scoring lots of points but Kobe is not playing team ball. He's more concern about trying to catch Shaq." -- Ronald A. Mitchell 

-- Mark Medina

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Photo: Lakers Coach Mike Brown and Kobe Bryant. Credit: Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times

Lakers Coach Mike Brown glad Tyson Chandler left Dallas

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New Year's Eve is still a couple of days away, but Lakers Coach Mike Brown felt like celebrating with some champagne earlier this month.

The reason: Tyson Chandler left the Dallas Mavericks to join the New York Knicks as a free agent.

The defensive-minded center was a key part of the Mavericks' run last season to their first championship, averaging eight points and 9.2 rebounds in 21 playoff games.

Now he's in the Eastern Conference, far away from the Lakers ... except for Thursday's game at Staples Center. He signed a four-year deal worth a reported $50 million.

"I think it's great," Brown said of Chandler's departure from Dallas. "I thought about taking my wife to dinner, busting open a bottle of champagne. I figured it would be a little too expensive and wasn't quite worth it. But I was happy."

The Lakers weren't so happy when guard Baron Davis chose the Knicks after being waived by Cleveland two weeks ago. The Lakers inquired about Davis but were rebuffed.

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David Stern's heavy-handedness already costing the Lakers dearly

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If only the NBA listened to Phil Jackson.

The Zen Master saw such a doomdsay scenario coming. The NBA owns the New Orleans Hornets and could find itself in a compromising situation should guard Chris Paul demand a trade, he said. But instead of working to ensure the front office had complete independence, the NBA ignored Jackson. As perhaps a way to say thank you, ESPN Los Angeles' Dave McMenamin reported the NBA then slapped Jackson with a fine.

Perhaps the league should return that fine money to the Lakers, a small concession for all the mess it has created in the past week. The NBA nixed last week's trade that would've sent Paul to the Lakers, Lamar Odom to the Hornets and Pau Gasol to the Rockets. And the Lakers remain in shambles in more ways beyond losing to the Clippers in their pursuit toward Paul

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Lakers will rebound against Dallas Mavericks next season

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This is the second part of a series breaking down the Lakers' potentially troublesome Western Conference opponents.

Team: Dallas Mavericks

Lakers' record versus Dallas last season: 2-1 in regular season, lost 4-0 in Western Conference semifinals

How Mavericks fared last season: NBA champions

Why Dallas is a threat to the Lakers: They won the NBA title after all, so of course Dallas would immediately be involved in the conversation as one of next season's title favorites. The Mavericks' championship run also illustrated the team featuring many assets the Lakers lacked.That included clutch shooting (Dirk Nowitzki), handling adversity (six fourth-quarter comebacks), consistent inside presence (Tyson Chandler) and a consistent bench (Jason Terry, J.J. Barea).

WIth the Mavericks finally clearing the psychological hurdle of imploding in the postseason, they have the confidence and talent to match up with any team, including the Lakers. Plus, Caron Butler will be fully healthy.

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J.J. Barea interested in the Mavericks -- or the Lakers, Heat or Knicks

61376923-- Dallas Mavericks guard J.J. Barea tells Primera Hora's Raul Alzaga (link in Spanish) that he'd prefer signing with Dallas but would also remain open to playing for the Lakers, Heat or Knicks.

-- Pro Basketball Talk's Kurt Helin believes Barea could become an overpaid player.

-- ESPN Los Angeles' Andy and Brian Kamenetzky and 710 ESPN's Dave Miller provide their take on Lakers forward Ron Artest trying to legally change his name to "Metta World Peace."

-- ESPN Los Angeles' Brian Kamenetzky assesses the feasibility of Barea ending up with the Lakers.

-- Lakers.com's Mike Trudell catches up with Darius Morris, whom the Lakers selected with their 41st pick in the 2011 NBA draft.

-- Silver Screen and Roll's WildYams provides a player report card on Steve Blake.

-- Forum Blue and Gold's Darius Soriano looks at some of the issues surrounding a possible NBA lockout.

-- Lakers Nation's Daniel Buerge analyzes how the Lakers fared in the 2011 NBA draft.

Tweet of the Day: "The Boys & Girls Club not only kept me off the streets & made me a better basketball player, but also a better man. Support your local club." -- MagicJohnson (Lakers Hall of Famer Magic Johnson)

Rick Friedman Reader Comment of the Day: "Lakers fans should give these current Lakers team one more chance to redeem themselves after the 0-4 debacle against Dallas in the western semis. I think this current core will give the Mavs and the Heat a run for their money.

Remember that the Mavs and Heat are also having problems retaining their players. Mavs free agents such as Barea, Tyson Chandler, Peja, Stevenson and Caron Butler will attract some teams and might leave Dallas. THE ONLY PROBLEM FOR THE LAKERS is, playing a lot of basketball during the last 3 years. If they can't win next season then NO EXCUSES and BLOW THIS TEAM UP." --- gareth_edwards_317

-- Mark Medina

E-mail the Lakers blog at [email protected]

Photo: Mavericks point guard Jose Barea is fouled on a drive down the lane by Lakers power forward Pau Gasol during Game 2 of the Western Conference semifinals on May 4, 2011. Credit: Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times

Dallas' 2011 championship team featured many assets the Lakers lacked

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Privately, Lakers forward Ron Artest believed the team would have no problem handling the Dallas Mavericks in the 2011 Western Conference semifinals. Said Artest on ABC 7's "Sportszone": "I thought we were going to sweep them."

Publicly, Lakers forward Matt Barnes pointed to the Lakers' regular-season victories against Dallas and drew experience when he played with the 2007 Golden State Warriors team that knocked off the Mavericks as a No. 8 seed. Said Barnes a few days after drawing a one-game suspension for getting in a tussle with Mavericks reserve guard Jason Terry: "In Golden State, we showed how to beat Dallas [in the 2007 NBA playoffs.] You go in there and take it right to their chin and they back down. I don't see anything has changed since then, so hopefully we'll have a chance to see them again."

It turns out Artest, Barnes and the rest of the Lakers eat their words. As they soon discovered, these weren't the Dallas Mavericks that would fall short much like the way they did in falling in the first round three out of the past four seasons. In fact, the complete opposite happened. The Mavericks swept the Lakers in the Western Conference semifinals, proved their upset was legit with playoff victories against Oklahoma City and Miami and forced Artest and Barnes to change their stance on Dallas.

Said Artest: Dallas had a strong 12, which was amazing.

Tweeted Barnes: "Congrats to the mavs, you definitely earned that.."

In fact, there were several areas Dallas excelled in that the Lakers severely lacked, and we're not just talking about when the two matched up in the playoffs. We're talking about during Dallas' entire playoff run.

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