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Friday, November 28th (All times eastern)

Dallas Mavericks (7-7) at Los Angeles Lakers (12-1), 10:30 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The Los Angeles Lakers aim to continue their early season dominance of the Western Conference when they welcome the streaking Dallas Mavericks to Staples Center.

The Lakers won their fifth straight game Tuesday and improved to 3-0 on a five-game homestand when Pau Gasol scored 26 points and pulled down eight rebounds and Los Angeles overcame a rough offensive night for Kobe Bryant to beat New Jersey, 120-93, at the Staples Center.

The reigning MVP was limited to 12 points on 5-of-17 shooting, but Bryant also had six rebounds in less than 28 minutes of court time.

Jordan Farmar had 18 points off the bench for the Lakers, who used superior bench play to move their record to 12-1, their best start since winning 16 of their first 17 to begin the 2001-02 campaign.

LA's bench outscored the New Jersey reserves, 56-19. Lamar Odom had 13 points and Sasha Vujacic added 10 in roles off the bench for the Lakers, who are 7-1 in Los Angeles.

The Lakers will finish their residency against Toronto on Sunday.

The Mavs won their fifth straight game to reach .500 on the season Tuesday when Jason Terry scored 16 of his game-high 29 points in a pivotal fourth- quarter as Dallas helped head coach Rick Carlisle earn a 109-106 victory over Indiana.

Carlisle was facing his old team for the first time since being fired by the Pacers at the end of the 2006-07 campaign.

Dirk Nowitzki and Antoine Wright each logged 24 points while Nowitzki also grabbed 12 rebounds for the Mavs, who won their second consecutive home game after starting the season 0-4 as the host.

Jason Kidd had 11 points and 13 assists and drained two of his four triples down the stretch to help clinch the win for Carlisle, who led the Pacers to a franchise-record 61 victories during the 2003-04 season before losing in the conference finals to eventual NBA champion Detroit.

The Mavs, who are 5-3 as the visitor this season, lost to the Lakers in Dallas on November 11 and have dropped four straight in the series. That pales in comparison to the team's ineptitude in Hollywood, however. The Lakers have won 31 of the last 34 games in Los Angeles against Dallas and are a gaudy 59-10 all-time at home against the Mavericks.

11/28 10:42:17 ET


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