Lakers Gameday | 11/11/08 | Lakers 106, Mavericks 99


Lakers LogoLos Angeles Lakers
(6-0)
Western Conference Standing : 1
Streak: Won 6
Lakers Game day
Mavericks LogoDallas Mavericks
(2-5)
Western Conference Standing :11
Streak: Lost 3
Injury Report Injury Report
  • Sasha Vujacic (sprained right thumb) is probable.
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    Team 1 2 3 4 F
    Dallas Mavericks 35 25 19 20 99
    Los Angeles Lakers 26 28 22 30 106
    • Devean George (left hand injury) is Out.
    • Josh Howard (sprained left wrist) is Day-to-Day.

    POST-GAME NUMBERS

  • +13 - rebounding difference favoring the Mavericks, with 3 minutes left in the 3rd quarter. The Lakers have been outrebounding their opponents in their previous games but finished -6 against Dallas.
  • 36 - points, for the Minute Men. Coming into tonight's game they had been averaging 46 points per contest. Tonight they were led by Trevor Ariza's 13 points.
  • 15 - fast break points for the Dallas Mavericks during the 1st quarter of the game to give them a 9 point lead going into the 2nd quarter.
  • 11-0 - run in the start of the 4th quarter to give the Lakers their first lead since early in the 1st quarter. The bench started the run and Kobe Bryant followed with points of his own.
  • 9 - the Lakers missed their first 9 shots from beyond the 3 point line. The Lakers finished 2-13 on the night.
  • 5 - minutes that the Lakers went on a dry spell in the 1st quarter. It was a rought start offensively for the Lakers..
  • ---Francisco Gomez, Lakers.com
    LAKERS BEST
    Points
    Kobe Bryant
    K. Bryant
    27
    Rebounds
    Pau Gasol
    P. Gasol
    11
    Assists
    Jordan Farmar
    J. Famar
    3
    Plus/Minus
    Trevor Ariza
    T. Ariza
    +16

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    STARTERS
    Los Angeles Lakers Dallas Mavericks
    Guard
    Derek Fisher
    D. Fisher
    Guard
    Kobe Bryant
    K. Bryant
    Forward
    Vladimir Radmanovic
    V. Radmanovic
    Forward
    Pau Gasol
    P. Gasol
    Center
    Andrew Bynum
    A. Bynum
    Guard
    Jason Kidd
    J. Kidd
    Guard
    Jason Terry
    J. Terry
    Forward
    Gerald Green
    G.Green
    Forward
    Dirk Nowitzki
    D. Nowitzki
    Center
    Eric Dampier
    E. Dampier

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    Kobe, Lakers beat Mavs, improve to 6-0

    DALLAS(AP) Down after one quarter, two and even three, the Los Angeles Lakers found themselves in an unfamiliar place.

    Yet even with the Dallas Mavericks getting terrific games out of Jason Kidd and Erick Dampier, Kobe Bryant and friends found a way to pull out another one.

    Trevor Ariza turned an offensive rebound into an emphatic, go-ahead dunk early in the fourth quarter and added an equally emphatic block in the final minute to help the Lakers pull out a 106-99 victory over the Mavericks on Tuesday night. Los Angeles improved to 6-0, its best start since going 7-0 in 2001-02 - which also was the last time the Lakers won the championship.

    "Nobody panicked,'' said Bryant, who scored nine of his 27 points in the fourth quarter. "We just kept at it.''

    Despite being without Josh Howard - their second-best scorer, co-leading rebounder and a top defender - the Mavs came out with the fire star Dirk Nowitzki criticized them for lacking in their previous game, a loss to the then-winless Clippers. This time, Dallas scored a season-best 35 points in the first quarter and a season-best 60 in the first half.

    However, the Mavs scored only 39 points the rest of the way, with Nowitzki failing to score after early minutes of the third quarter. That dropped them to 0-3 at home for the first time since the 1993-94 club that finished 13-69. That's not exactly the kind of change new coach Rick Carlisle was hired to make.

    "You've got to be able to finish games and you've got to be able to win at home,'' Carlisle said. "We ran great in the first half. In the second half, they played better and we didn't get the same opportunities.''

    The Lakers went into the fourth quarter trailing for the first time all season. But they also were in the midst of a 30-9 spurt that would put them ahead for good. Ariza celebrated his go-ahead dunk before the ball was even through the cylinder and Carlisle was calling a timeout just as quickly.

    Bryant kept the roll going, but Dallas got back to within 99-97 in the final minutes.

    Nowitzki passed up a potential tying shot, giving the ball to Stackhouse, who missed. After a defensive stand, Nowitzki shot an airball on a 3-pointer. After yet another defensive stop, Nowitzki passed to Stackhouse in the corner and Ariza came flying in to swat a 3-point try out of bounds with 1 second left on the shot clock. The Mavs wound up with a shot clock violation, then Pau Gasol scored a three-point play on the other end to seal the victory.

    "It was a phenomenal block,'' Bryant said. "He's just a tremendous athlete. Our bench was incredible. That's the kind of team we have. We pick each other up. They came in and gave us a huge boost.''

    Lakers coach Phil Jackson went to his bench earlier than normal and left them in once they started rallying.

    Ariza scored a season-high 13 points and Lamar Odom added 12. That was a nice supplement to the 27 points from Bryant and 22 from Gasol. Gasol also had 11 rebounds. Andrew Bynum had 11 points and 10 rebounds.

    "That's what we do, we try to change the pace of the game, play with high energy,'' Ariza said of the Lakers' second team.

    Jason Terry scored 21 points and Kidd got the 101st triple-double of his career with 16 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists. Jerry Stackhouse scored a season-high 17 points and played some tough defense on Bryant, while Dampier had 11 points and 16 rebounds, including a franchise record-tying 12 on the offensive end.

    Ironically, it was Nowitzki who let Dallas down, scoring 14 points on 5-of-17 shooting.

    "Everyone was in it, it was great,'' Nowitzki said. "If we play like that all the time, we'll have a lot more opportunities to win.''

    Howard missed his second straight game with a sprained left wrist. Gerald Green started in his place and keyed the strong start with eight first-quarter points before going to the locker room with a split lip. He had big dunks to open the third and fourth quarters, and finished with 17 points.

    The Mavericks made only 15-of-46 shots in the second half. They also had 22 turnovers, five more than in any other game so far.

    "We got the stops when we had to, but we couldn't get the ball in the basket on the other end,'' said Kidd, who was surprisingly aggressive looking for his shot, scoring 11 points by halftime.

    This was the most points the Lakers allowed all season and it matched their slimmest margin of victory. Still, they did enough to head to New Orleans looking to get to 7-0 Wednesday night against Chris Paul and the Hornets.

    "We know what we're capable of,'' Bryant said. "We feel better about ourselves than we did last year. It's early, but we're on the right track.''

    Notes: Bryant is 23 points shy of Larry Bird on the career scoring list. ... This was the 1,400th career game as a coach for Los Angeles' Phil Jackson, a milestone reached by only 12 others. He is 982-418, the highest winning percentage in league history. ... Terry missed a pair of free throws in the third quarter. He was 23-of-25 from the line all season until then. ... This was Kidd's fourth triple-double against the Lakers. ... Dampier had eight rebounds in the third quarter. Eight rebounds was his game high coming in. ... Dallas has been outscored 86-51 in fourth quarters at home this season.


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    Lakers-Mavericks Preview

    Their loss in the NBA finals was disheartening, but it was the way the Los Angeles Lakers went out - a 39-point loss in Game 6 - that was the lingering image of their otherwise successful postseason run.

    This season, it's Los Angeles that's delivering the blowouts.

    With five wins by an average of 22.4 points under their belt, the Lakers will try to start 6-0 for the first time since 2001-02 - the year they won their last title - when they begin a two-night, two-game road trip against the Dallas Mavericks.

    Los Angeles's main addition to its Western Conference champion roster was Andrew Bynum, the 21-year-old center who missed the last half of the 2007-08 season and the playoffs with a knee injury. Averaging 9.2 points and 8.8 rebounds, Bynum is still working his way back into game shape, but the Lakers haven't missed a beat.

    Four of their five wins have come by at least 18 points, including a 111-82 thumping of Houston on Sunday. Los Angeles fell behind 32-16 early in the second quarter before outscoring the Rockets 95-50 the rest of the way.

    "It's all a matter of rhythm," said Kobe Bryant, who finished with 23 points. "We were a little rusty starting the game. We have a lot of weapons, we know how to use them. We move the ball and whoever gets it gets it."

    Bryant has only scored 30 points once in the Lakers' first five games after doing so 36 times last season, but with Los Angeles' closest margin of victory being seven points, he hasn't needed to take over.

    Seven Lakers are averaging at least 9.0 points, and Los Angeles leads the league with 51.4 rebounds per game, led by Pau Gasol's 11.6.

    The Mavericks (2-4) beat San Antonio by 17 last Tuesday, their first of three straight road games, but lost the next two. The trip concluded with a 103-92 loss to the previously winless Los Angeles Clippers on Sunday.

    "We just couldn't get stops, and we couldn't make any shots at the other end," said guard Jason Kidd, who had seven points and nine assists. "Even when we're not scoring, we've got to find ways to stop our opponents or we're not going to win any games. It's hard to win when you give up that many points."

    That loss came without forward Josh Howard, who aggravated his sprained left wrist Friday at Denver. Howard is listed as day-to-day, though the Mavericks are hopeful he'll be able to play against the Lakers.

    Howard is averaging 25.0 points in his last five home games against Los Angeles.

    With Howard sidelined against the Clippers, Dirk Nowitzki helped pick up the slack, scoring 33 points. Since a 3-for-11, eight-point performance in a loss to Cleveland on Nov. 3, Nowitzki is scoring 28.7 ppg in his last three.

    Nowitzki averaged 29.5 points in four games against the Lakers last season, but Los Angeles won the final three meetings.

    The main reason for the Lakers' success against Dallas was Bryant. The Mavericks couldn't contain the Lakers superstar, who averaged 36.5 points on 54.2 percent shooting.

    Los Angeles has lost four of its past five on the road against the Mavs, who are trying to avoid falling to 0-3 at home for the first time since 1993-94, when they lost their first 19 home games.

    Check back soon for our scouting report.

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    UNDEFEATED STARTS
    With their victory over the Rockets November 9, the Lakers improved to 5-0 for the 6th time in franchise history dating back to their days in Minneapolis. The Lakers most recently opened the 2003-04 campaign with five consecutive victories but haven’t started 6-0 since the 2001-02 season. Under head coach Phil Jackson, the Lakers have now started the season 5-0 or better three times (2008-09, 2003-04, 2001-02). With the Bulls, Jackson also opened the season 5-0 twice, going 5-0 to start the 1995-96 season and 12-0 to open 1996-97. Below are a list of the Lakers longest undefeated streaks to start a season: 1997-98 – 11-0 2008-09 – 5-0 1987-88 – 8-0 2003-04 – 5-0 2001-02 – 7-0 1980-81 – 5-0

    LAKERS RANK FIRST IN BOTH OFFENSIVE AND DEFENSIVE SCORING TO START SEASON
    Currently ranked 1st in the NBA in both points scored and points allowed, the Lakers are winning by an average margin of 22.4 points per game through five games this season. The next closest in team in point differential to date are the undefeated Atlanta Hawks, whose victories have come by an average of 10.2 points per game. While still early in the season, it may be worth noting that the franchise record for point differential in a season is +12.3 established by the 1971-72 Lakers. The next highest mark in franchise history was +9.3 by the 1986-87 Lakers, making the ‘71-72 season the only year in which a Lakers team has ever averaged victory by double-figures. Phil Jackson’s 1999-00 Lakers rank third on this list with a +8.5 average margin of victory.

    JACKSON TO COACH 1400TH CAREER GAME
    When the Lakers face the Mavericks November 11, Phil Jackson will become just the 13th coach in league history to coach 1,400 career games. Jackson, the only coach in NBA history to win better than 70 percent of his games (981-418, .701), ranks 6th all-time in terms of victories behind Larry Brown (1,012) and 13th all-time in games behind Red Auerbach (1,417). Back on March 25, 2007, Jackson coached career game 1,300 to pass his mentor Red Holzman (1,299) on the all-time list. The fastest coach to 900 career victories, Jackson reached the mark in 1,264 games, 14 games fewer than Riley, who held the old mark at 1,278 games. Additionally, on September 7, 2007, Jackson was inducted in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, earning induction in his first year of consideration for election. Now in his 18th season as an NBA head coach, Jackson is 981-418 for a .701 win percentage, the best in league history.

    BRYANT 50 POINTS SHY OF LARRY BIRD FOR 23RD ON NBA’S ALL-TIME SCORING LIST
    With 23 points November 9 versus Houston, Kobe Bryant moved within 50 points of Larry Bird (21,791) on the NBA’s all-time scoring list. Bryant (21,741) has played in 871 games and is currently in his 13th season while Bird reached 21,791 points in 897 career games over 13 seasons. Gary Payton (21,813) ranks 22nd on the all-time list. Last season, Bryant became the 25th player in NBA history to score 21,000 points and in doing so, became the second youngest player ever to 21,000 points (29 years, 194 days) and second ever under the age of 30 behind Wilt Chamberlain (29 years, 184 days). Michael Jordan was the third youngest to 21,000 (30 years, 40 days). Earlier in the season, Bryant, at 29 years, 122 days, became the youngest player in NBA history to reach 20,000 career points and the third player ever to reach 20,000 points under the age of 30, ranking ahead of Wilt Chamberlain (29 years, 134 days) and Michael Jordan (29 years, 326 days). The youngest player in league history to accumulate 12,000 – 20,000 career points, Bryant became the 12th fastest to 21,000 points in terms of games, reaching the mark in 845 career games, moving him ahead of Larry Bird who reached 21,000 points in 857 career games. Through his career, Bryant was the 29th fastest to 15,000, the 22nd fastest to 16,000, the 20th fastest to 17,000, the 16th fastest to 18,000, the 15th fastest to 19,000 and the 15th fastest to 20,000 points in terms of games.

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    NOTES & CONNECTIONS

    The Lakers won last season’s series with the Mavericks 3-1 after dropping the 2006- 07 series (1-3) for the first time since the 1986-87 season and only the third time ever (1983-84). This will be the 119th overall meeting between the two franchises with the Lakers holding a 90-28 series advantage. In their most recent meeting, the Lakers defeated the Mavericks 112-108, improving to 14-3 all-time against the Mavericks at STAPLES Center and 7-3 in their last 10 home games overall. The Lakers are 5-5 against the Mavericks in their last 10 overall games. In Dallas, the Lakers have gone 4-6 over their last 10 games at American Airlines Center. Under head coach Phil Jackson, the Lakers are 21-10 against the Mavericks. 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 singlehandedly outscored the Mavericks 62-61 through three quarters. Last season, Bryant again went over the 50-point mark against the Mavericks, scoring 52 points in the Lakers 108-104 overtime victory March 2 at STAPLES Center. Last season, Lamar Odom scored a season-high 31 points on 12-of-14 shooting to go with 10 rebounds and five assists in the Lakers 112-108 victory over Dallas April 4 at STAPLES Center. In 40 games (34 starts), Bryant is averaging 25.2 points for his career against Dallas. The Mavericks’ Devean George played his first seven seasons with the Lakers, winning three championships with the team in 2000, 2001 and 2002. In 429 games, George averaged 6.0 points and 3.3 rebounds in 18.9 minutes and ranks among the franchise leaders in 3-point FG% (10th/.340) and 3-pt FG made (9th/282).