NBA Game Summary - LA Lakers at Dallas|
(Tuesday, January 7th)
Final Score: Dallas 110, LA Lakers 97
Dallas, TX (SportsNetwork.com) - Dirk Nowitzki scored 27 points with seven
rebounds to help the Dallas Mavericks to a 110-97 win over the Los Angeles
Lakers on Tuesday.
Vince Carter chipped in 19 points off the bench for Dallas, which snapped a
Monta Ellis had 16 points with nine assists while DeJuan Blair added 15 points
and nine rebounds and Jose Calderon donated 12 points with eight helpers in
"It really was a team effort tonight," said Carter. "We were focused and it
was a must-needed game especially with us heading out on the road."
Dallas travels to San Antonio for a matchup against the Spurs on Wednesday and
will begin a home-and-home set with the Pelicans in New Orleans on Friday.
Jodie Meeks had a team-high 24 points for the Lakers, who have lost two
straight and eight of nine games overall.
Kendall Marshall finished with 18 points and six assists, while Pau Gasol
tallied a double-double with 15 points and 13 rebounds in defeat.
A Carter layup capped the scoring in the first half as the Mavs led 60-53 at
Nowitzki made a jumper at 8:07 of the third to give Dallas its first double-
digit lead of the contest, 70-60.
The Lakers, however, wouldn't go away as Robert Sacre knocked down a jumper
and Wesley Johnson hit a 3 to cut the deficit in half.
Dallas pushed the lead to 83-72 following a Carter trey at 2:55, but the
Lakers closed to 85-77 when Meeks hit two free throws to end the quarter.
Meeks cut the deficit to four, 89-85, after he buried a triple with 8:23
remaining in the game, but Dallas seized control from there.
Ellis scored the final 10 points of a 12-3 spurt that gave the Mavs a 101-88
lead just past the midway point of the fourth which sealed it for the hosts.
LA couldn't trim the margin to single digits the rest of the way as the
visitors made just 7-of-25 attempts (28 percent) from the field in the final
"We have to get this team healthy," Lakers coach Mike D'Antoni said of how the
team can turn it around. "We have to get some guys back and some bodies back.
These guys are playing hard. They're giving a lot and hanging in there."
Dallas and LA played a tightly contested first quarter with the two teams
playing to four ties and 12 lead changes. Carter hit a 3 with 4.8 seconds left
to give the Mavericks a slim 33-31 margin heading to the second.
It was the second straight win for the Mavs over LA after they took a 123-104
decision on Nov. 5 at home ... Dallas shot 48-for-90 (53.3 percent) from the
field ... Johnson scored 17 points ... Sacre finished with seven points and 10
boards ... Dallas outscored LA 58-32 in the paint.
01/08 00:05:33 ET