NBA Game Summary - LA Lakers at Dallas
(Wednesday, December 13th)
Final Score: Dallas 110, LA Lakers 101
Dallas, TX (Sports Network) - Dirk Nowitzki had a fabulous all-around game with 23 points, 14 rebounds and tied a career-high with eight assists to pace Dallas to a 110-101 win over the Los Angeles Lakers.
Josh Howard had 29 points and Jason Terry scored 26 to go along with nine assists for the Mavericks, who won for the ninth time in their last 10 home games.
Devin Harris had 14 points before fouling out for Dallas, which shot a season-best 60 percent from the field.
"Early in the game, I thought we had five assists in the first 3-4 minutes of the game," Dallas coach Avery Johnson said. "I think that is a Mavericks record, as long as I have been the coach. That was good to see us get the ball rolling. Then we got kind of stagnant. That's what happens sometimes in these long NBA games, and teams make a run at you."
Kobe Bryant scored 28 of his game-high 33 points in the second half for the Lakers, who had a three-game winning streak broken.
Before the game, the Lakers got some bad news on forward Lamar Odom. He sprained his right knee Tuesday night in a victory at Houston and will be out a month.
"It was a challenge for us no question, but we all expected to win the game," Bryant said. "We just couldn't contain them when we needed to. We really missed him on the defensive end of the floor. We missed him big time tonight."
Although the Lakers never led, they stayed close until the early part of the fourth quarter.
Jordan Farmar's jumper tied the game at 83 for the Lakers in the opening minute of the final period. Buckets by Harris and Terry gave the Mavs a four- point lead and LA could only get within two the rest of the way.
Bryant's two free throws made it 87-85 with 9:09 remaining. However, Howard countered with a three-point play, and after Nowitzki blocked a Bryant shot, Terry banged in a three. Howard's running shot extended the margin to 95-85 with 7:19 remaining.
Dallas led by as many as 14 down the stretch.
Luke Walton ended with 13 points for the Lakers, who also got 12 points apiece from Farmar and Smush Parker.
The Mavs scored the game's first eight points and led 33-21 after 12 minutes. The Lakers closed within 56-47 at the half and were behind only 83-81 going into the fourth.
"We came out tonight very focused and got off to a great start at 8-0," Terry said. "We just kept it going all night long. They made a huge run at us, which we knew they would. But they played last night, so we felt if we could extend them to the fourth quarter and put together some runs that we could put them away."
The Lakers and Bryant overcame a scary moment with 3:31 left in the third, when Bryant drove to the basket before falling to the floor and colliding with Dallas' DeSagana Diop. Bryant was holding his wrist in pain, but it turned out to be only that he hit his funny bone and remained in the game to make two free throws.
The Lakers have lost four of their last six at Dallas...Vladimir Radmanovic had 11 points for LA, which went 31-of-41 at the foul line.
12/14 02:15:38 ET