Tuesday , Feb , 07 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

Mavs roll past Lakers for 12th straight win

Dallas, TX (Sports Network) – Dirk Nowitzki poured in 26 points and pulled
down 12 boards to lead the red-hot Dallas Mavericks to their 12th straight
win, 102-87 over the Los Angeles Lakers at American Airlines Center.

Josh Howard added 22 points on 9-of-13 shooting and pulled down 10 rebounds
for the Mavericks, whose victory surge is also the best in the NBA this

Jerry Stackhouse chipped in 14 points off the bench while Jason Terry and
Devin Harris each had 10 in the win. The Mavericks are on their longest
winning streak since capturing 14 straight to open the 2002-03 campaign.

Brian Cook, who shot 12-of-16 from the field, was brilliant for the Lakers
with a career-high 28 points. The dynamic Kobe Bryant contributed 24 points
for Los Angeles, which lost its fourth consecutive outing, but the star guard
shot just 5-of-22 from the field.

It was a sharp contrast to the last time Bryant played the Mavericks, when he
had 62 in only three quarters of action during a 112-90 Lakers win on December
20 in Los Angeles.

Lamar Odom had 14 points, six boards and seven assists in the loss. Devean
George netted 10 points and six rebounds off the bench.

Leading by eight points, 76-68, entering the final frame, the Mavericks turned
the screws on the Lakers early, scoring the first seven points of the quarter.

Erick Dampier got loose inside for a lay-in, Marquis Daniels buried a jumper
and Keith Van Horn finished the flurry with a triple to make things 83-68 with
9:33 on the clock.

The Lakers never seriously threatened the rest of the way. Los Angeles managed
to slice the lead to 10, 88-78, after Cook buried a jumper with 5:56 left, but
Dallas quickly answered.

Four straight free throws by Harris and Nowitzki extended the cushion to
92-78, and the Lakers never recovered.

The Mavericks dominated the game early, running to a 27-10 advantage after the
first 12 minutes. Los Angeles managed to cut the lead to 11, 49-38, at

Game Notes

Dallas is 14-0 when Howard scores 20 points or more…The Mavericks, who will
host Shaquille O’Neal and the Miami Heat on Thursday, are now 19-4 at home
this season. They have won eight in a row at American Airlines Center…The
Lakers are 12-16 as the visitor this season.