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Mavs send league-wide message with win over Lakers
Bryan Chu, for NBA.com
LOS ANGELES (NBA.com exclusive) -- Just three nights removed from a jubilant ring ceremony, the Lakers came crashing down Friday in front of a soldout Staples Center.
The Mavericks used a spirited offensive onslaught in the third quarter, knocking out the defending champions 94-80, and at the same time sending a message to the rest of the league not to sleep on the team from the Lone Star state.
"Just because no one is talking about us," Dallas forward Shawn Marion said, "doesn't mean we're not on the map."
Added Dallas guard Jason Kidd: "It's a big win, character-wise for this team. The Lakers have had our number so it's a confidence booster for us. It helps us gain confidence on the road that we can play against the best."
The Mavericks kept the Lakers, who trailed the entire game, and especially Kobe Bryant offbalance all night. Bryant finished with a team-high 20 points, but it took him 19 shots. The Lakers, who settled for jumpshots most of the night, were down by as many as 22 in large part because of a paltry 39.5 percent shooting and 19 turnovers.
"Our rhythm wasn't good in the offense," Lakers coach Phil Jackson said. "We didn't read this team well at all."
The defending champs found themselves down 18 heading into the fourth. The closest they would get was 80-68 after Marion, who finished with 18 points, scored eight straight.
It was in the third quarter, however, where the Mavericks closed the game out.
Dallas, which didn't shoot much better from the field (41.6 percent), outscored the Lakers 26-15 in the third and held Bryant to just two points. Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki scored nine of his game-high 21 in the third. Dallas' lead swelled to as many as 22 after guard Jose Barea walked in for a layup with under three minutes to go.
"We gave them one shot and put pressure on them on the other end," said Kidd, who had two points but collected 11 assists. "We knew coming into the fourth quarter that Kobe would put pressure on us. I think the zone helped us a little bit on that. We used a small lineup in the zone."
With the victory, Dallas broke a six-game losing streak to the Lakers, but more importantly atoned for a poor showing in their season-opening loss to the Wizards.
"We always take it personally after we get our a**** kicked," Dallas coach Rick Carlisle said.
All night, frustration set in for the Lakers, who were without All-Star Pau Gasol for the second night because of a right hamstring injury. Bryant and Ron Artest each picked up their first technical fouls of the season arguing with the referees. A few boos rained down on the Lakers in the third before a Bryant basket and a Josh Powell layup at the end of the quarter quelled the crowd and trimmed the Mavericks lead to 78-60.
A bright spot for the Lakers was reserve Shannon Brown, who finished with 12 points. In the second quarter, the Lakers were down as many as eight before Brown drained a pair of 3-pointers and a fallaway 18-foot jumper to bring the Lakers to within two at 37-35. Reigning Sixth Man of the Year Jason Terry answered, scoring 10 straight for the Mavs. Terry finished with 16 points.
"I wasn't happy with the second quarter," Jackson said. "We played scattered."
Artest was saddled with early foul trouble and couldn't get anything going for the second night in a row. Artest missed five of six shots and had four turnovers to go along with five fouls.
Playful Banter: Known for his entertaining comments, Mavericks owner Mark Cuban opined before the season that adding Artest to the Lakers may cause chemistry issues.
During pregame Friday, Artest said, "I want to ask him what team should I play for? What team best fits me? Should I not be here? Should I not be in the NBA? I posted it on Twitter. It didn't work. He didn't respond. ... I want him to tell me what I'm good for."
Cuban answered: "I think he'd be really good on my Dairy Queen team. I can get him really involved, teach him how to make a soft serve cone and get involved with the Blizzard. He can be a valuable addition."
Phil Jackson Post Game Quotes
Los Angeles Lakers vs. Dallas Mavericks
October 30, 2009
Lakers’ Coach Phil Jackson on what went wrong:
“Every time we got momentum, we shot ourselves in our own foot basically is what we did. We got momentum in the second half and Ron got fouled and they called a time-out, we were down what 10, 12 points then, and he missed both free throws. Those were the type of things we didn’t need. Make a good play, then create an offensive foul. Things like that just kept the momentum away. That’s the reason why they shot 3 times, 4 times more free throws than us. We could never get that moment in the game.”
Lakers’ Coach Phil Jackson on the team:
“Our rhythm wasn’t good in the offense. We didn’t read defensively, we didn’t read this team well at all. Their defense was solid.”
Lakers’ Coach Phil Jackson on the bench play:
“Shannon, he played well. Josh played okay.”
Lakers’ Coach Phil Jackson on:
“I wasn’t happy with the 2nd quarter. I thought that we were just out of wack, didn’t handle the ball. Balls going off guys’ hands, guys couldn’t catch rebounds, balls going out of bounds, giving them second opportunity chances. We played scattered.”
Lakers’ Coach Phil Jackson on Mavericks:
“You got to give credit to them. They played well. They lost on Tuesday night and had a couple hard days of practice. Got the team on lock. We won Tuesday and didn’t practice on Wednesday and the team had poor practice yesterday.”
Quotes compiled by: Natalya Pyatkovska
Lakers vs. Mavericks Game Preview
By BRETT HUSTON, STATS Writer
Kobe Bryant's typical excellence, along with an impressive supporting effort from Andrew Bynum, ensured the Los Angeles Lakers that their championship ring ceremony wouldn't be the lone highlight of the season opener.
The Dallas Mavericks would love to find similar help for their own superstar.
The Lakers may get Pau Gasol back as they look to extend their winning streak over the Mavericks to seven Friday at Staples Center, while Dallas hopes for a better performance from Dirk Nowitzki's supporting cast.
Los Angeles looked less than dominant after raising the banner to commemorate its 15th NBA title, but overcame a 41.2 percent shooting effort to beat the Los Angeles Clippers 99-92 on Tuesday. The Lakers got 33 points from Bryant and 26 and 13 rebounds from Bynum.
"It's always tough to play games after those kind of ceremonies,'' coach Phil Jackson said. "Some of the energy is always difficult to maintain because there is a lot of energy that's kind of dissipated when you go out and have that kind of ceremony. You're not ready to step up and march to the tune of this season right yet.''
While the Lakers got away with a poor shooting night - they also made four of 17 3-pointers and missed 12 of 37 free throws - the Mavericks weren't as fortunate in their season debut.
Dallas shot 39.5 percent against Washington on Tuesday, and though Nowitzki scored a game-high 34 points, he shot 10 of 25 in a 102-91 loss.
Nowitzki didn't get much help from his teammates. Shawn Marion scored 16 points in his Mavericks debut, but no one else had more than 13, with top reserve Jason Terry (4 of 15) among numerous Dallas players who struggled to make shots.
Forward Josh Howard averaged 18.0 points last season, but he is expected to miss at least 10 days as he recovers from offseason ankle and wrist surgery. In the meantime, Dallas needs someone to take the pressure off Nowitzki.
"He would be dead by Christmas if we're going to let him be the offense,'' said point guard Jason Kidd, who had four points, six rebounds and six assists. "Our team defense stunk. We didn't rebound the ball well. Everything we're supposed to do well was a no-show tonight.''
Perhaps Terry will get back in rhythm against the Lakers, as he averaged 23.5 points on 51.0 percent shooting in his last six matchups with Los Angeles. The Mavericks lost all six, although none were decided by more than seven points.
Nowitzki averaged 24.2 points and Bryant 32.7 in those games.
Bynum's strong effort against the Clippers helped make up for the absence of Gasol, who sat out to rest his strained right hamstring. Jackson is hopeful Gasol can return Friday, while the Mavericks would love to see him miss another game.
The forward averaged 21.5 points on 63.3 percent shooting in his last four contests against Dallas, and went 12 of 13 from the floor in a 107-100 home win over the Mavs on March 15.
Nowitzki will likely spend much of Friday's game shadowed by new Laker Ron Artest, who had 10 points on 3-of-10 shooting in his debut with Los Angeles but also committed four turnovers.
"Some offensive things he had opportunities for he didn't complete, but I thought he looked like he was in the mix and knew what was going on most of the time," Jackson told the Lakers' official Web site.
The Mavericks lost 33 of their last 36 road games against the Lakers.
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Pau Gasol (right hamstring strain) is out.
Luke Walton (sore back) is probable.
Josh Howard (left ankle surgery) is out.
Tim Thomas (right knee surgery) is out.
For the 17th time since moving to Los Angeles prior to the 1960-61 season, the Lakers opened the regular season at home. In those games, the Lakers now have a record of 13-4. Overall, Los Angeles has a mark of 35-15 in their 50 REGULAR SEASON openers. With their victory over the Clippers on October 27th, the Lakers have now won 6-of-their-last-7 opening night games and are 16-2 in their last 18 opening night games overall dating back to 1992.
Additionally, the Lakers improved to 3-0 in regular season openers against the Clippers, defeating the Los Angeles Clippers 114-102 in overtime 11/6/92 at the Los Angeles Sports Arena and the San Diego Clippers 103-102 10/12/79 at the San Diego Sports Arena.
In HOME OPENERS (first home game of the year), the Lakers are now 33-17 since moving to Los Angeles. With their victory over the Clippers on Tuesday, the Lakers improved to 15-3 in their last 18 HOME openers overall.
OPENING A TITLE DEFENSE
The 2009-10 season marks the 10th title defense for the Lakers since moving to Los Angeles prior to the 1960-61 season. In SEASON OPENERS coming off of an NBA Championship, the Lakers are now 8-2 overall but just 3-2 when the season opener is at home. In HOME OPENERS following an NBA Championship, the Lakers are 6-4.
1972-73: Season opener: 129-94 victory at K.C. Omaha (10/11/72)
1980-81: Season opener: 99-98 victory at Seattle (10/10/80)
1982-83: Season opener: 117-132 loss vs. Golden State (10/29/82)
1985-86: Season opener: 121-116 (2OT) victory at San Antonio (10/26/85)
1987-88: Season opener: 113-109 victory vs. Seattle (11/6/87)
1988-89: Season opener: 116-113 victory at Dallas (11/4/88)
2000-01: Season opener: 96-86 victory at Portland (10/30/00)
2001-02: Season opener: 98-87 victory vs. Portland (10/30/01)
2002-03: Season opener: 82-87 loss vs. San Antonio (10/29/02)
2009-10: Season opener: 99-92 victory vs. LA Clippers (10/27/09)
Home opener: 126-104 victory vs. Portland (10/20/72)
Home opener: 114-103 victory vs. Houston (10/12/80)
Home opener: 111-129 loss vs. Cleveland (11/5/85)
Home opener: 128-110 victory vs. Denver (11/9/88)
Home opener: 92-97 loss vs. Utah (11/1/00)
The 2009 preseason marked the second consecutive year that the Lakers went 6-2 in exhibition games. Since the Lakers first year of complete preseason records in 1982- 83, their best preseason finish was a 7-1 mark in 1987-88. Under head coach Phil Jackson, the Lakers have had three winning preseasons, going 6-2 in each of the last two preseasons and 6-2 in 2005-06 as well. Overall, Jackson’s Lakers teams have posted preseason records of 6-2 (2009-10), 6-2 (2008-09), 3-4 (2007-08), 4-4 (2006- 07), 6-2 (2005-06), 3-5 (2003-04), 4-4 (2002-03), 4-4 (2001-02), 3-5 (2000-01) and 3-5 (1999-2000).
The 2009-10 Lakers preseason roster includes 12 players from last season’s NBA Championship team, one more than in 2008-09 when the Lakers brought back 11 players from the Western Conference Championship squad. This will be the 4th consecutive season in which the Lakers have returned at least 11 players, having brought back 12 players to start the 2007-08 season and 11 to start the 2006-07 campaign. However, only Kobe Bryant and Derek Fisher remain from the Lakers 2000-02 title runs with Fisher rejoining the team prior to the 2007-08 season after spending the previous three years in Golden State and Utah. The longest tenured Laker after Bryant and Fisher is Luke Walton, who joined the team as a rookie in 2003-04. Shannon Brown, Andrew Bynum, Jordan Farmar, Pau Gasol, DJ Mbenga, Adam Morrison, Lamar Odom, Josh Powell & Sasha Vujacic all return from a year ago while Ron Artest is the lone new addition to the Lakers roster.
BRYANT APPROACHING IVERSON ON ALL-TIME SCORING LIST
With his first two free throws of the Lakers April 10 game at Portland last season, Kobe Bryant moved past Charles Barkley (23,757) for 17th on the NBA’s all-time scoring list. Barkley reached his scoring total in 1,073 games over 16 seasons in contrast to Bryant, who did so in his 946th career game. In all last season, Bryant (23,853) passed Robert Parish (23,334) for 18th on the NBA’s all-time scoring list, Adrian Dantley (23,177) for 19th, Elgin Baylor (23,149) for 20th, Clyde Drexler (22,195) for 21st, Gary Payton (21,813) for 22nd and Larry Bird (21,791) for 23rd. Additionally, in passing Baylor, now only Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (24,176) and Jerry West (25,192 points) have scored more points with the Lakers than Bryant. Next on the NBA’s all-time list are Allen Iverson (23,983) and Patrick Ewing (24,815).
JACKSON NEARS LARRY BROWN FOR 5th ON THE ALL-TIME COACHING WIN LIST
A season after earning his record 10th NBA Championship as a head coach, Phil Jackson (1,042-435) is now just three wins shy of tying Charlotte Bobcats head coach Larry Brown (1,045-847) for 5th on the NBA’s all-time coaching win list. The only coach in league history to win better than 70 percent of his games (.705), Jackson ranks 12th in all-time regular season games coached and 1st in playoff games coached (300), won (209) and playoff winning percentage (.697). Last season, Jackson became the fastest coach in NBA history to reach 1,000 career victories, needing 1,423 games to reach the mark. Earning induction in his first year of consideration, on September 7, 2007, Jackson was enshrined into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.
GASOL LEADS SPAIN TO EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP, NAMED TOURNAMENT MVP
On Sunday, September 20, Pau Gasol posted 18 points, 11 rebounds and three blocked shots in leading Spain to an 85-63 victory over Serbia at the final of the 2009 European basketball championship in Poland. Gasol, who was named tournament MVP, helped Spain earn its first European title after six runner-up finishes. With the victory, Gasol is currently a member of the reigning NBA Champions, the reigning FIBA World Champions (led Spain to the 2006 FIBA World Championship while earning tournament MVP honors) and the reigning European Champions. Additionally, last summer, the highly decorated Spaniard helped his country to a silver medal in the 2008 Olympics in Beijing as well, coming up just short with a loss to a United States team led by Lakers teammate Kobe Bryant in the Olympic finals.
KOBE BRYANT JERSEY MOST POPULAR IN EUROPE FOR 2nd CONSECUTIVE YEAR; PAU GASOL RANKS 3rd
On October 1, 2009, the NBA announced that Kobe Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers tops the list of most popular NBA jerseys in Europe for the second straight year. Coming off his fourth NBA title in 2009, Bryant also has the most popular jersey in the U.S. The top four most popular jerseys remain unchanged from last year with Kevin Garnett (Boston) at No. 2, Pau Gasol (LA Lakers) at No.3 and LeBron James (Cleveland) at No. 4. The Most Popular NBA Jerseys in Europe list is based on sales from retail locations across Europe during the 2008-09 NBA season.