NBA Game Summary - Dallas at LA Lakers
(Sunday, March 11th)
Final Score: Dallas 108, LA Lakers 72
Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) - Josh Howard scored 24 points, and the dominating Dallas Mavericks ran their record win streak to 17 games with a 108-72 pounding of Los Angeles, sending the Lakers to their worst home defeat in franchise history.
Dirk Nowitzki added 19 points and Jason Terry scored 14 for the Mavericks, who used a suffocating defense to win for the 38th time in 40 games.
Dallas, which moved into a tie for the seventh-longest winning streak in NBA history, hasn't lost since January 25 at Chicago. The Mavs moved their NBA- best record to 52-9 and can continue the streak Monday night on the road against Golden State.
Kobe Bryant had 25 points for the struggling Lakers, who have lost six in a row for the second time this season. That ties Phil Jackson for the longest skid in his 16-year NBA head coaching career.
"Beware of the ides of March," Jackson said. "We were embarrassed today. There is no reason for a blowout."
The previous worst home loss in Lakers history was by 35 (144-109), on November 19, 1966 against the San Francisco Warriors.
Lakers guard Smush Parker lost his cool, picking up two technical fouls and was ejected with 9:28 remaining in the second quarter.
The Lakers led 20-13 after a pair of Bryant free throws, but Dallas started heating up from the field later in the opening quarter. That featured a 15-2 run, which boosted the Mavs to a 28-22 lead and they led 28-24 going into the second.
It only got worse before halftime for the Lakers, as the Mavs pushed their lead to 39-25 after Howard hit a technical free throw after Parker's ejection. Then came a back-breaking 13-0 run by the Mavericks to end the half for a 59-35 margin at the break. Austin Croshere capped the burst with a three- pointer.
"We got off to a slow start," Mavericks coach Avery Johnson said. "I called an early timeout. We weren't moving the ball. From that point on, we got our game together. We were aggressive offensively and defensively. We were able to take control of the game."
Devin Harris' bucket widened the cushion to 31 points at 83-52 late in the third and Dallas held an 85-58 advantage going into the fourth. The Mavericks played reserves almost the entire fourth quarter.
Dallas has won four of the last five meetings..The Lakers have lost seven of their last eight home games...Jerry Stackhouse and Croshere each had 13 points and DeSagana Diop pulled down 10 rebounds for Dallas...Brown had 10 points for the Lakers, who shot 36.8 percent from the field, including a 2-for-16 clip from three-point range.
03/12 03:51:01 ET