NBA Game Summary - LA Lakers at Dallas
(Wednesday, January 13th)
Final Score: LA Lakers 100, Dallas 95
Dallas, TX (Sports Network) - Andrew Bynum posted 22 points and 11 rebounds, and the Los Angeles Lakers became the first NBA team to have 3,000 wins with a 100-95 win over the Dallas Mavericks at American Airlines Center.
Lamar Odom added 18 points and 14 rebounds for the Lakers, who avoided their fifth consecutive road loss. Ron Artest contributed with 16 points and 11 rebounds, while Kobe Bryant, who appeared hesitant to shoot with finger and back injuries, scored just 10 points on 5-of-11 shooting.
"Tempo was very good, we controlled that," said Lakers head coach Phil Jackson. "(The Mavericks) pushed it a little bit in the third quarter, and I thought they were going to try and speed the game up, but we were able to match up."
Dallas' Dirk Nowitzki had 30 points -- 15 in the fourth quarter -- and surpassed 20,000 points for his career. He is the 19th fastest player to reach the total and now has 20,014 after Wednesday's contest. He also added a season-best 16 rebounds.
"(Nowitzki would) rather have the win than 20,000 points," said Mavs head coach Rick Carlisle. "That's where the disappointment is. You get a guy who is pure basketball heart. He'd do anything to win any ball game and he wouldn't care how many points he scored. That's what really makes him special along with the other things you guys have seen on a daily basis for over a decade."
Josh Howard had 18 points for the Mavericks, who have lost eight of their last nine games against the Lakers. Jason Kidd had 11 points and 11 assists in defeat.
Dallas trailed by eight, 95-87, with three minutes left in the game but made a furious comeback.
Jason Terry drilled a three to get the Mavs to within five, and Nowitzki hit a 17-foot jumper after an empty Lakers possession. After Bryant and Jordan Farmar each missed a shot for LA, Nowitzki came down the court and drained a three-pointer with 42.5 ticks remaining for a 95-95 game.
Bryant, though, calmly went down the court and drilled an 18-foot jumper with 28.0 seconds to put the Lakers back in front.
Erick Dampier was then put on the line for Dallas, but he missed both free throw attempts to keep it a two-point game. Bynum made only 1-of-2 at the other end to keep it a one-possession game with 20 seconds left, but Howard's three-point attempt inside 10 seconds was off the mark.
Farmar followed with a pair of free throws to seal the outcome.
The Lakers led, 27-24, after a tightly contested first quarter, and neither team went ahead by more than six in a back-and-forth second quarter. Los Angeles ended the half on a 7-0 run to take a 49-45 edge into the locker room.
A 13-6 burst to start the third had Dallas ahead, 58-55, following a Howard three, but again the Lakers finished the period on a 7-0 run, as Farmar's three-pointer from 32 feet at the buzzer provided a 76-71 margin.
Nowitzki achieved his milestone a minute into the fourth with a baseline jumper to get Dallas within 78-75, as the crowd gave him a standing ovation. Los Angeles held a slight lead until back-to-back jumpers from Odom and Shannon Brown put the Lakers ahead by eight, 95-87, with just over three minutes remaining.
Pau Gasol (hamstring) continued to sit out for Los Angeles...The Lakers lead the season series, 2-1...Los Angeles has not lost five straight road games since March 4-15, 2007...All 16 of Nowitzki's rebounds came on the defensive end...Farmar had 12 points for the Lakers.
01/13 23:47:11 ET