Wednesday , Dec , 13 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

Lakers visit Mavericks

(Sports Network) – The Dallas Mavericks attempt to get back on the winning
track when they welcome the Los Angeles Lakers tonight to American Airlines
Center.

Dallas plays the first of a short two-game homestand. On Monday, Jerry Sloan
reached one of the NBA’s most significant coaching milestones, becoming the
fifth head coach in league history to achieve 1,000 career wins as his Utah
Jazz topped the Mavericks, 101-79, at EnergySolutions Arena.

All-Star Dirk Nowitzki posted 26 points and 10 rebounds in the loss to Utah
for the Mavericks, who have lost two of their last three games overall.
Anthony Johnson netted 10, while Josh Howard scored nine in defeat.

The Mavericks are 8-3 at home this season. They will host Andre Iguodala and
the Philadelphia 76ers on Friday.

The Lakers play the finale of a two-game road trip. On Tuesday, Kobe Bryant
led the Lakers with 23 points, eight rebounds and seven assists as Los Angeles
squandered a 27-point fourth quarter lead but held on and escaped with a
102-94 victory over the Houston Rockets at the Toyota Center.

Luke Walton scored 18 points and dished out seven assists in the win over the
Rockets for Los Angeles, which has won three straight. Smush Parker finished
with 14 points and Kwame Brown netted 12 for the Lakers.

The Lakers suffered a costly injury against Houston, as forward Lamar Odom
sprained his right knee in the first quarter after landing awkwardly following
his shot. Odom remained in the game until the Lakers called a timeout 90
seconds later and was then taken to a hospital for an MRI.

Odom is expected to miss at least one month with the a sprained knee. He is
averaging 17.5 points, 8.7 rebounds and 4.9 assists per game.

Los Angeles is 3-3 on the road this season. After tonight’s contest, the
Lakers return home to host the Rockets on Friday and the Washington Wizards on
Sunday.

The Lakers have lost three of their last five at Dallas. These teams have
split the last four contests in this series.

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