Dallas 118, L.A. Lakers 104
DALLAS, Jan. 5 (Ticker) -- Jason Terry
and Dirk Nowitzki
Dallas Mavericks do something they have only done once before.
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Terry made 5-of-5 3-pointers and scored a season-high 28 points
and Nowitzki collected 25 and nine rebounds as the Mavericks
posted a 118-104 triumph over the Los Angeles Lakers.
After winning their final two games against the Lakers last
season, the Mavericks have won three consecutive games against
the storied franchise for the first time since 1987.
"Hopefully the times have changed," Mavericks guard Michael Finley
said. "Over those years they've had a number of
championships. Hopefully we can get a couple of those
The Mavericks took control by closing the first quarter with a
21-3 run for a 30-17 lead. Terry scored 13 points during the
run, making three 3-pointers.
"I just kept attacking," Terry said. "I started out getting in
the lane, hitting guys in their rhythm. Then they found me on
the other end and I knocked a couple down."
"I love his game," Kobe Bryant
said. "I loved his game when he was
in Atlanta. I'm happy for him that he's in this situation where
he can play on a winning ballclub. He's just extremely
Terry was coming off two consecutive double figure assists games
- 14 vs. Boston and 10 vs. Milwaukee.
"(Terry) is looking a lot better lately," Nowitzki said. "He's
making things happen for us to help us win. He's pushing the
ball for us. I think he's just getting more comfortable and
picking up the system."
Nowitzki registered his sixth straight 20-point performance. All
five Dallas starters reached double figures as the team
connected on a season-best 55 percent (46-of-83) from the floor.
"That's our strength," Nowitzki said. "We have a lot of scorers
out there. Anyone can get it going on a given night."
"They just killed us offensively," Laker coach Rudy Tomjanovich
said. "Dirk Nowitzki is a great player. He can shoot over
people, he can spin around them, and we didn't expect Jason
Terry to do that."
Bryant was held scoreless in the opening period before scoring
16 of his 32 points in the second quarter. His 13th 30-point
effort could not get Los Angeles closer than 10 points in the
second half. The Lakers are 6-7 when Bryant scores 30 or more.
"I missed my first few shots but I finally got one to go down,"
His 13th 30-point effort could not get Los Angeles closer than
10 points in the second half. The Lakers are 6-7 when Bryant
scores 30 or more.
"You don't necessarily have to win ballgames to progress,"
Bryant said. "Sometimes you can take something from one of these
games. Hopefully we'll learn something."