Lakers Gameday


Lakers
95
25 - 51
Dallas Mavericks

107
46 - 31

Tip-Off: 7:30PM PST

Friday, April 4, 2014

STAPLES Center, Los Angeles, CA

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DAL 27 25 30 25 107
LAL 23 31 24 17 95
Dallas Mavericks

107
46 - 31

Nowitzki's 27 points lead Mavs over Lakers 107-95

By Joe Resnick, on April 05, 2014

LOS ANGELES (AP) On the night Dirk Nowitzki overtook Dominique Wilkins on the career scoring list, Brandan Wright was a human highlight film all by himself.

Wright made all 10 of his shots to finish with a season-high 23 points off the bench, and the Dallas Mavericks strengthened their hold on a playoff berth with a 107-95 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers on Friday.

"That's what he does for us," Nowitzki said. "He makes some great stuff happen for us. Tonight he didn't miss a shot. He was phenomenal."

Wright, who has come off the bench in all 53 of his games this season, began the day averaging 9.0 points and a team-best 67.5 percent from the field (199 for 295).

"I can't remember the last time I had a game where I didn't miss a shot, so it's a good feeling - plus, we got the win," said the six-year veteran swingman.

Nowitzki's 27 points increased his career total to 26,778, putting him in 11th place and within 32 of Oscar Robertson.

"Unbelievable. It's been a crazy ride for 16 years, and it's been surreal," Nowitzki said. "I used to be a big fan of Dominique, watched all of his dunk contests and the many ways he could score. Sometimes he would miss his shot and be the first one there to dunk over two people. He was so much fun to watch."

The Mavericks, back at Staples Center one night after beating the Clippers, played their first road game against the Lakers since beating them 99-91 on opening night of last season. They have won all three meetings with the Lakers - the first time they swept the season series since this rivalry began in 1980-81.

"I said it last night - that a win against the Clippers meant nothing if we lost today. And that's how we came out," Nowitzki said.

Jodie Meeks had 25 points for the Lakers, who have dropped 13 of their last 17 and are 25-51 - their most losses since finishing a franchise-worst 30-52 in 1974-75.

"It was an up-and-down game," Wright said. "Coming off a physical, tough game last night and then playing a team tonight with a lot of young guys and skill guys who were fresh and had nothing to lose, it was a recipe for a loss. But we took note of what they did to Phoenix the other night."

Lakers center Pau Gasol was sidelined for the sixth time in seven games because of a severe case of vertigo. Xavier Henry is done for the season because of residual pain from an injured right knee and a torn ligament in his left wrist that has limited him to 43 games, and he will undergo surgery in the near future.

Coach Mike D'Antoni, who hasn't had a full deck to work with for most of this injury-jinxed season, sent out a starting lineup consisting of Meeks and four others who had started a combined total of 23 NBA games entering this season: Jordan Hill (20), Kendall Marshall (three), Kent Bazemore (none) and rookie Ryan Kelly.

"They're playing inspired basketball," Bazemore said of Dallas. "If anyone needs to win right now, it's them. It was definitely a total team effort from them, and Dirk Nowitzki kept us at arm's length all night, hitting big shots, and Brandan Wright was very good for them."

The Lakers led 54-52 at halftime against another team on the playoff bubble that took them a bit too lightly at the start.

Dallas concluded a contentious 10-game stretch in which four games were settled in overtime and four others were decided by margins of six points or fewer. Three of the overtime games resulted in losses to Minnesota, Brooklyn and Golden State.

The Mavericks opened the fourth quarter with a 9-0 run, which Wright capped with a short jumper that extended their lead to 91-78 with 10 minutes to play. The Lakers got no closer than 10 the rest of the way.

NOTES: Dallas F Shawn Marion recorded his 1,725th career steal, breaking a tie with Magic Johnson for 17th place, when he intercepted a pass by Wesley Johnson with 3:02 left in the first quarter. ... Umpires Joe West, Marty Foster and Alan Porter, who are in town to work the Dodgers-Giants series, attended the game. ... The Lakers haven't been under .500 this deep into a season since 1993-94, when they were 21-35 after 56 games and finished 33-49. That was the first of only two times that they didn't make the playoffs during the 34 seasons that the franchise was owned by the late Jerry Buss. ... Steve Nash had seven assists in 18 minutes and increased his career total to 10,330, four shy of Mark Jackson for third place. ... Vince Carter, who was 0 for 8 from 3-point range, needs one more 3-pointer to become the seventh player in NBA history to make at least 1,800. ... The Lakers face the Clippers for the final time this season on Sunday, after losing six of their last seven meetings with their Staples Center co-tenants. The only win was on opening night. Since then, the Clippers have humiliated them by margins of 36 and 48 points. ... The Mavericks have to win four of their final five regular-season games to record their 14th 50-win season in club history and 12th in 14 years.

Notebook

By Dan Arritt, for NBA.com on April 05, 2014

THE FACT: The Mavericks swept a regular-season series from the Lakers for the first time in franchise history.
THE LEAD: The Dallas Mavericks might need to play perfect basketball down the stretch if they hope to avoid missing the playoffs for a second straight season. Brandan Wright appears to have gotten the message. The sixth-year backup forward made all 10 of his field-goal attempts Friday night and all three free throws en route to scoring a season-high 23 points as the Mavericks reclaimed seventh place in the Western Conference standings with a 107-95 victory over the Lakers at Staples Center.

THE STAT: Dallas forward Dirk Nowitzki scored 27 points on 10-for-14 shooting to move past Dominique Wilkins for 11th on the NBA's all-time scoring list (26,678).

TURNING POINT: The Lakers (25-51) led by a point in the final minute of the third quarter and it seemed like they might take this one to the wire, but they got caught short of scorers for a stretch and the Mavericks (46-31) took off on a 14-0 run bridging the third and fourth quarters. Suddenly, L.A. was chasing 13. The Lakers threatened to get back to within single digits a few times down the stretch but could never pull it off.

QUOTABLE: "They said, 'Enough is enough.' "
-- Lakers coach Mike D'Antoni on the Mavericks down the stretch

HOT: The Mavericks improved to 6-0 this season in the second half of back-to-back road games, quite a feat considering the have one of the more veteran rotations in the NBA. Wright and Nowitzki were the main offensive contributors, but starting center Samuel Dalembert scored another 14 points and grabbed 12 rebounds, one night after putting up 12 and six in the same building, which was an even more impressive win against the playoff-bound Clippers. The 6-foot-11 Haitian came in averaging 6.6 points and 6.6 rebounds. Jodie Meeks, probably the MVP on the season for the Lakers, is back in rhythm now that Pau Gasol (vertigo) and Chris Kaman (calf strain) aren't slowing things down. Meeks finished with 25 points on 10-for-17 shooting, the second straight game he has surpassed the 20-point mark. Not surprising, it was also the second straight game Gasol and Kaman were sidelined.

NOT: Wright, Nowitzki and Dalembert combined to shoot 27-for-33 and the Mavericks still didn't make at least half their shots as a team. That's because players like Monta Ellis (3-for-13), Jose Calderon (4-for-11) and Vince Carter (0-for-8) spent just as much time clanking their shots. Ellis's performances have been especially troubling lately. He tested free agency last summer only to end up with less money than the Bucks offered to stay in Milwaukee. In the last seven games, he's shooting 37.3 percent and seems hesitant even to release his shot from the perimeter.

GOOD MOVE: Though the Mavericks did have a few stretches in which they appeared to be in cruise control, they took care of business when they had to against a Lakers team that doesn't have much to play for other than their individual stats. The Suns made the mistake of overlooking the Lakers last weekend and L.A. made them pay with a 16-point loss, which could end up being the difference in Phoenix making the playoff or not.

BAD MOVE: The game was hyped as perhaps the last game of the season for Lakers veteran Steve Nash -- until those reports were quickly shot down by coach Mike D'Antoni in the postgame news conference -- and he came in 12 assists behind Mark Jackson for third place on the NBA's all-time list. Nash's teammates seemed to be trying too hard to get him assists, rushing a few shots that probably would have otherwise passed up. Nash ended up with four points and seven helpers, leaving him four assists behind Jackson. Now that he'll be playing a few more games this season, he should be a lock at moving to No. 3.

QUOTABLE II: "We'll play him. ... There's room for him out there."
-- Mike D'Antoni on Nash

NOTABLE: The Lakers will need to win their final six games to avoid their worst record in franchise history.

Game Notes

2013-14 Series Notes: Los Angeles fell to 0-2 versus Dallas this season, dropping two games on the road. The most recent defeat on 1/7/14 came in the first game of a back-to-back set in Texas.

All-Time Series Notes: The Lakers last lost a season series to Dallas in 2006-07 (1-3), their first series loss to the Mavericks since the 1986-87 season and only the third ever (1983-84) ... The Lakers are 7-3 against the Mavericks in their last 10 regular season games ... The Lakers are 21-5 all-time against the Mavericks during the regular season at STAPLES Center and 8-2 in their last 10 home games overall ... In Dallas, the Lakers have lost two in a row after winning five straight. L.A. is 6-4 in their last 10 regular season games at American Airlines Center ... On November 24th, 2012, the Lakers defeated the Mavericks by 26 points, equaling their largest road win ever against Dallas (2/23/96 – 114-88) ... In recent series history, when the Lakers and Mavericks met for the first time in 2011-12, the Lakers won in spite of recording the franchise’s second lowest scoring quarter in the NBA’s shot clock era (7 points, third quarter) as their defense limited Dallas to their lowest scoring game in series history (previous low was 80 points 4/6/97 in a game that included the Mavericks posting an NBA record-low two point quarter) ... Three seasons ago, on 1/3/10 at STAPLES Center, the Lakers established a new series record for margin of victory over Dallas, defeating the Mavericks by 35 (131-96), surpassing the old 33-point margin of victory established 12/1/93 (124-91) ... In December of 2005, Kobe Bryant established a new series record with 62 points against the Mavericks in a 112-90 victory at STAPLES Center. In that contest, Bryant single-handedly outscored the Mavericks 62-61 through three quarters ... In the postseason, the Lakers and Mavericks have met four times (1984 WC Semifinals (4-1), 1986 WC Semifinals (4-2), 1988 WC Finals (4-3), 2011 WC Semifinals (0-4)) with the Lakers advancing on three occasions.

Connections: Lakers G Steve Nash played six seasons with Dallas from 1998-2004, earning All-Star and Third Team All-NBA honors in both 2002 and 2003. With Dallas, Nash averaged 14.6 points, 2.9 rebounds and 7.2 assists in 32.7 minutes over 408 games … Nash also played with Dallas F Shawn Marion from 2004-2008 in Phoenix, coached by the Lakers Head Coach Mike D’Antoni … Lakers C Chris Kaman played for Dallas last season (his only with the Mavericks), averaging 10.5 points and 5.6 rebounds… Both Lakers C Pau Gasol and Dallas G Jose Calderon were born and raised in Spain, and have played for the Spanish National team together on several occasions including winning the silver medal in the 2008 and 2012 Summer Olympics, silver in the 2003 and 2007 FIBA EuroBasket, gold in the 2011 EuroBasket, and gold in the 2006 FIBA Basketball World Cup ... Dallas C Samuel Dalembert and Los Angeles F/C Jordan Hill played for the Houston Rockets during the 2011-2012 season ... Mavericks G Wayne Ellington and Lakers F Wesley Johnson both played for the Minnesota Timberwolves from 2010-2012 … Dallas G Devin Harris and Lakers G Jordan Farmar played for the New Jersey Nets during the 2010-2011 season … Lakers G Kendall Marshall and Mavericks G Vince Carter, Ellington and C Brandan Wright all attended the University of North Carolina.

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  LAL   DAL  
Jodie Meeks
25
pts Dirk Nowitzki
27
Wesley Johnson
11
reb Samuel Dalembert
14
Kendall Marshall
8
ast Monta Ellis
9

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  LAL   DAL  
Kendall Marshall g Jose Calderon
Jodie Meeks g Monta Ellis
Jordan Hill c Samuel Dalembert
Ryan Kelly f Dirk Nowitzki
Kent Bazemore f Shawn Marion

Injury Report - LAKERS

  • Kobe Bryant:
    (fractured left knee) is out
  • Jordan Farmar:
    (groin) is out
  • Pau Gasol:
    (vertigo) is out
  • Chris Kaman:
    (calf) is out
  • Xavier Henry:
    (wrist,knee) is out
  • Steve Nash:
    ((nerve root irritation) is probable

Injury Report - MAVERICKS

  • No injuries reported.