Dallas 106, L.A. Lakers 87
DALLAS, Jan. 22 (Ticker) --
The Los Angeles Lakers won at American
Airlines Center last month to give them the best road record in
the Western Conference. They lost in their return, securing
their longest road losing streak in 30 years.
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scored 31 points and Antawn Jamison
tied a season
high with 26 points as the Dallas Mavericks pulled away for a
106-87 victory over the stumbling Lakers, who have lost nine
straight on the road.
Los Angeles was 6-3 on the road after defeating Dallas here on
December 4 but has not won away from Staples Center since,
recording the longest road slide since the team moved from
Minneapolis following the 1959-60 season.
The Lakers' season has taken a turn for the worse due to
injuries to Shaquille O'Neal, Kobe Bryant
and Karl Malone
Angeles has dropped nine of 13 overall after losing to Dallas
for just the fifth time in 20 meetings under coach Phil Jackson.
"Without Shaq in there, they are a totally different team,"
Dallas coach Don Nelson said. "I was happy with the way the game
ended up. That's how I was hoping it would end up. It was an
opportunity to play the Lakers when they were beat up and
injured and we took advantage of it and got a win."
The Mavericks had a 12-point lead at halftime, but the Lakers
came out strong in the second half, using an early 14-2 run to
forge a 65-65 tie with 8:01 remaining. Slava Medvedenko
seven points during the stretch as Los Angeles seemed to reclaim
Dallas wasted little time reclaiming the lead, scoring 24 of the
final 28 points in the quarter.
"They just crushed us in the last five minutes of that quarter,"
Jackson said. "We just had no answer. We couldn't find a way to
score, couldn't find a way to get second opportunities and
defensively we fell apart."
Jamison scored the first six points for the Mavericks and had
eight overall during the decisive run.
"After the first couple of minutes of the third quarter, I think
we did an excellent job as far as making it difficult for them
to get any kind of easy shot," said Jamison, who made 10-of-13
shots. "That's what we want to do defensively and offensively
just continue to move the ball and feed whoever is hot."
Finley and Antoine Walker
added seven points apiece in the final
eight minutes of the third, giving Dallas an 89-69 cushion
entering the final period.
"Luckily, after they tied the game up we got our focus back,"
Walker said. "(The Lakers) are a team right now that struggling
for road wins obviously. More importantly, we had to protect our
Walker collected 23 points, nine rebounds and seven assists and
had 16 points and nine rebounds for the Mavericks,
who have won a season-high six in a row.
"Winning games is key and more importantly it gives us a chance
to kind of find a rhythm that we have aspired for," said Dallas
guard Steve Nash
, who had eight assists. "We are getting closer
and closer toward that."
Dallas dominated every phase of the game, outscoring Los Angeles
in the paint, 50-28, and 29-4 on the fast break. The Mavericks
had a 51-36 rebounding edge and scored 18 points off 16
scored 24 points and Kareem Rush
added 18 apiece, but Los Angeles got little form its bench,
which only had 14 points on 4-of-21 shooting.
"We got the kind of shots we wanted from those guys we put in,"
Jackson said. "There will be nights like that and we just have
to look at the positive side of this that Devean George played