Dallas Mavericks Team Report - December 13
=== Dallas Mavericks Team Report - December 13 ===
(Sports Network) - Dirk Nowitzki and Antoine Walker led all players with 27 points apiece, as the Dallas Mavericks were finally able to beat the Lakers in Los Angeles, rolling to a 110-93 victory on Friday at the Staples Center.
Steve Nash added 23 points for the Mavericks, who had lost 26 straight against the Lakers in LA, having not beaten them in the City of Angels since an overtime win exactly 13 years ago to the day. Josh Howard chipped in a career- high 17 points.
Dallas held a 57-52 lead at the half, but LA opened the third quarter by scoring seven of the first 11 points and pulled within 61-59 on Karl Malone's bucket just over a minute into the stanza.
That was as close as the Lakers would come in the third, however. Dallas ended the quarter with a 10-1 burst and carried an 88-73 cushion into the fourth.
Los Angeles, which rallied for a thrilling 27-point fourth-quarter comeback against Dallas last December, couldn't find a spark in this one. The Lakers ended with a two-point victory last year, but fell flat Friday.
They were within 11 points late in the game when an O'Neal free throw made it 102-91 with 2:30 remaining to play. That capped a 12-2 burst for the Lakers, but that was as close as they would come.
The Mavs are off until Monday when they host the Toronto Raptors.DAL