NBA Game Summary - Dallas at LA Lakers
(Friday, October 30th)
Final Score: Dallas 94, LA Lakers 80
Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) - Dirk Nowitzki scored 21 points and had 10 rebounds, and the Mavericks used a suffocating defense in the second half to beat the Los Angeles Lakers, 94-80, at the Staples Center.
Mavs newcomer Shawn Marion recorded 18 points and six rebounds. Jason Terry added 16 points off the bench for Dallas, but its defense was the story in the final 24 minutes.
"We played well together, we competed," said Nowitzki. "The energy was great. We were all fighting for each other."
The defending NBA-champion Lakers shot 13-of-36 from the field in the second half, including a 2-for-10 effort for Finals MVP Kobe Bryant. He finished with 20 points, but was just 6-of-19 from the field.
"It's one of the longest nights we've had in this building," said Lakers coach Phil Jackson. "We should refund the money to our fans. Every time we got momentum we shot ourselves in our own foot."
Andrew Bynum tallied 14 points and 10 rebounds for the Lakers, who opened their season with a 99-92 triumph over the Clippers on Tuesday.
Conversely, Dallas lost at home to Washington, 102-91, in its season opener Tuesday. The Mavs though came out with a good defensive mentality and led by as many as 22 points, leading by double digits nearly the entire second half to snap a six-game series skid against the Lakers.
Dallas was able to convert on 15-of-18 foul shots in the first half, helping the Mavs grab a 52-45 lead at the break.
The Mavs started the third with six consecutive points, capped by a Nowitzki 20-foot jumper. A layup from Jose Juan Barea ballooned the margin to 78-56 later in the third, and the Lakers, even with newcomer Ron Artest, didn't have an answer.
In fact, Artest was limited to just three points on the night, going 1-of-6 from the field. he also was whistled for a technical foul just over two minutes into the third quarter after picking up an offensive foul.
Dallas was ahead 78-60 moving to the fourth, but LA got within 12 on a pair of Bryant free throws with 7:47 left. The Mavs came right back with six straight points, highlighted by Marion's alley-oop jam off a feed from Jason Kidd, for an 86-68 difference at the midway point.
"It's only game two, but it's a big win character-wise," said Kidd. "It helps to know we can play with the best. In the third quarter, we put pressure on them. We were patient on the offensive side."
The Lakers, who never led by more than two points, didn't threaten the rest of the game.
Jordan Farmar's three-pointer in the waning seconds of the first had the Lakers looking at a 24-21 deficit after 12 minutes.
LA had the game tied twice in the second, the last time at 37 on a Bynum jam with 5 1/2 minutes remaining. Bryant was hit with a technical late in the second as Dallas quickly built its lead to 50-41.
Kidd had one steal and needs seven more to take sixth place all-time from Clyde Drexler (2,207)...Barea had 12 points...Shannon Brown scored 12 and Lamar Odom ended with 10 points, six boards and seven assists for the Lakers...Dallas finished 25-of-32 at the foul line, compared to 9-of-14 for Los Angeles.
10/31 04:21:13 ET