Jackson sets milestone as LA stops red-hot Mavericks
Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) – Sasha Vujacic scored a career-best 16
points and hit a trio of three-pointers in the final quarter, as the Lakers
ended Dallas’ 13-game winning streak with a thrilling 101-98 triumph at the
Vujacic ended 6-of-7 from the field, including 4-of-5 from beyond the arc, and
Kobe Bryant tallied 26 points, eight rebounds and six assists for Los Angeles.
Luke Walton ended with 21 points for Los Angeles, which became Dallas’ first
victim on the Mavs’ 13-game surge on December 13 in Texas.
Ronny Turiaf had 13 points and Smush Parker scored 11, and came up with a huge
block in the final seconds for the Lakers, who tied a season-high with their
fourth consecutive win.
It also marked Phil Jackson’s 900th career NBA win, the fastest to reach that
mark in league history.
Dirk Nowitzki had 29 points and 13 rebounds for the Mavericks, whose 13-game
run was one shy of a franchise-record, set at the start of the 2002-03
Bryant’s two free throws boosted the Lakers to a 97-96 lead with 55.9 seconds
remaining, LA’s first advantage since the second quarter.
Nowitzki’s driving layup boosted the Mavs to a the lead with 41.9 seconds
left, but Vujacic banged in a three from the left wing for a 100-98 LA edge
with 28.5 seconds to go.
Jason Terry then drove to the hoop for a potential tying layup, but Parker
came up with a huge block, and Walton made one free throw with 10.6 seconds
Former Laker Devean George then missed a potential tying three-pointer from
the top of the arc, and Bryant grabbed the rebound and dribbled out the clock.
Each team led by as many as 11, with LA’s coming at 23-12 in the first quarter
and Dallas’ coming in the third at 69-58. It was 27-21 in favor of the home
team after the first 12 minutes, but Dallas led 51-48 at the half and 77-68
going into the fourth.
Nowitzki’s two free throws expanded the lead to 88-81 midway through the final
quarter, but Walton’s two free throws closed the gap to 90-88.
Josh Howard had 20 points, while Jerry Stackhouse scored 14 for the
Mavs….Devin Harris and Terry each had 12 points for Dallas, which committed
just nine turnovers, four less than the Lakers…LA shot 54.9 percent from the
field, while Dallas ended at a 42.2 percent clip.