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Mavericks turn away Lakers 101-96
By DAVID JIMENEZ
Posted Feb 25 2010 12:09AM
DALLAS(AP) Dirk Nowitzki scored 31 points, Jason Terry added 30 and the short-handed Dallas Mavericks won their fifth straight game, beating the Los Angeles Lakers 101-96 on Wednesday night.
Dallas' Caron Butler, a key part of a seven-player trade with Washington on Feb. 13, missed the game because of a negative reaction he had to medication.
Without Butler, Nowitzki and Terry picked up the slack by scoring 22 of the Mavericks' final 23 points.
Kobe Bryant scored 20 points and moved into 13th place on the career scoring list. Bryant, who passed Reggie Miller, has 25,298 points.
After hitting the game-winning 3-pointer with 4.3 seconds left to beat Memphis on Tuesday night, Bryant missed a 3-pointer that could have tied it with 25 seconds left.
Lamar Odom led Los Angeles with 21 points, Ron Artest had 13 and Derek Fisher finished with 12.
Jason Kidd had 14 points, 13 assists and seven rebounds for the Mavericks, who improved to 5-1 since the trade with the Wizards. Brendan Haywood chipped in 11 points, nine rebounds and five blocks.
Neither team led by more than nine in a game went back-and-forth throughout. There were 24 lead changes and eight ties.
Terry hit a 3-pointer that made it 90-84. After Bryant scored to make it 90-86, Nowitzki answered with a 17-footer that stretched the lead back to six with 3:18 remaining.
Haywood hit a free throw, the only point over the final 10:46 not scored by Nowitzki and Terry, to make it 93-86. Nowitzki stripped the ball from Andrew Bynum, starting a fast break that ended with Terry's layup and pushed Dallas' lead to 95-86 with 2:20 left.
Los Angeles went on a 8-2 run to trim its deficit to three. Odom hit a 3-pointer and Bryant drove for a layup to make it 97-94 with 57.9 seconds left.
Shawn Marion missed a short jumper, setting up the Lakers for what appeared to be another late comeback after they rallied to beat Memphis one night earlier.
Bryant's 25-footer went long, and Terry and Nowitzki combined to make four free throws to seal the victory.
This was the teams' first meeting since the Mavericks traded for Butler, Haywood and DeShawn Stevenson. Bryant praised the Mavericks after the swap, saying they became a legitimate threat in the Western Conference.
The Mavericks were without one of those acquisitions when the team announced just before the tip that Butler wasn't going to play.
Stevenson started in Butler's place and guarded Bryant for most of the first quarter. Bryant struggled early, missing his first five shots.
Bryant had a couple of baskets to cap a 10-0 run late in the second quarter. He hit an off-balance 13-footer, his first points of the game, and followed with another basket to give the Lakers a 48-39 lead with 2:58 left in the first half.
Dallas closed with a 10-2 surge before halftime. Terry, who had 18 points in the first half, hit three free throws, to bring the Mavericks within 50-49.
The Mavericks grabbed the lead by scoring the first six points of the third quarter.
Kidd closed the quarter with a 29-footer from beyond the arc just before the buzzer sounded, putting Dallas up 74-72.
NOTES: Rapper Jay-Z and wife Beyonce had courtside seats for the game. Jay-Z performed in Dallas at the American Airlines Center on Tuesday night. ... The Lakers have won eight out of their past 11 over the Mavericks.
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LAKERS HEAD COACH PHIL JACKSON
(What was the difference down the stretch?)
“Free throws, offensive rebounds, those were things that statistically you could say that. We outshot them from the field but I thought we made some tactical errors to start the fourth quarter that set us on edge. Three turnovers on the first three possessions says it all right there. They hit the shot at the end of the third that gave them a little momentum boost.”
(What did you see from Kobe tonight)
“I thought he got other guys involved. He was probably a little fatigued and tried to help other guys get going.”
(On what happened after hot start for his big men)
“Well we had some turnovers going inside. Andrew had five turnovers on his own. He got called for that walk when he got tripped at the end of the game, which is one of those kinds of calls we were talking about. Those little things like that changed our confidence from going inside, so you’ve got to give some credit to Dallas.”
(Were you disappointed on allowing Terry’s big game?)
We were very disappointed. He has not been shooting the ball well this year, and we let him get going right off the bat.”
(On if the trade with Washington made Dallas better)
“Well it makes them bigger. They’re a little more physical. I thought Haywood played really well tonight as well as being aggressive, attacking the boards and doing some things that were good. And Stevenson held his own out there.”
Lakers Forward Pau Gasol
(You guys normally control rebounding; it was a problem tonight, why do you think?)
“I don’t know. Sometimes it happens that way. Maybe we weren’t going to get the ball with the will necessary. And we should’ve gotten a lot more offensive rebounds, I don’t think we were aggressive enough going to the glass, starting with myself. I should’ve gone more aggressively to the boards because they’re definitely undersized and they only have two or three interior players on the whole squad.”
(They went to the free throw line 10 more times than you guys did. Was that because they were more aggressive or you guys just didn’t get the calls tonight?)
“Probably a little bit of both. Maybe more of one than another. But, still, they did seem like they were more aggressive, especially in the second half. We couldn’t get control of the game and we were just making runs, but never too steady. So, it was unfortunate the way we couldn’t finish the game off and they definitely were more aggressive.”
(Having played last night, was fatigue at all a factor tonight?)
“It’s always a factor, but it’s never an excuse. That’s just the way it is and that’s just the way the NBA schedule is; you’ve got a back-to-back, you’ve got to travel, and you play through it. And we have a veteran enough of a team here that we can play through it and fatigue is never an excuse or a big factor.”
Lakers Forward Ron Artest
(You guys usually win the rebound margin; tonight it went the other way, why do you think?)
“Well, I only had 4 rebounds. We definitely just got to get better. There’s no pointing a finger at any calls or anything like that; that’s [rebounding] where you could have control.”
(Why do you think you lost tonight?)
“They [Dallas] played good tonight. 31 and 30 from two big guys and they played really good. And Dirk was his usually self and Terry came off the bench and played well.”
Mavericks Head Coach Rick Carlisle
“It reinforces what we are doing. It reinforces the idea of hard play, commitment to defense. Again, we hold a good team under 100 which is a good thing. We have the ability to score. Tonight, we’re without Butler and that’s a big loss. I thought the key guy in the game was probably Stevenson with the way he started the game for us. He gave us great defense on Bryant. Anytime he was in there, he held his position strong. He played within what we were doing. It’s a great win. Too much will be made of it probably but we just continue to build on things. We’ve got to keep working to get better.”
“They played last night. We wanted to make it a higher possession game than they like. The way to do that is to get stops and get the ball in Kidd’s hands and get him running. We had a significant number, 23 fast break points is a lot against them. They do a good job of getting back. Usually they are taking good shots and getting chances to get the ball back. I thought we pushed it well. We had a lot of guys contribute. Dirk and JET delivered big time with 30-point nights. And that’s what you need especially when you are down a guy like Butler.”
“He’s big and long. He’s been giving us great minutes. It’s a different dynamic because I don’t think he’s ever played with a pass-first guard like Jason. He’s getting a few more opportunities per minute that he had in Washington probably. That provides motivation for him to run. It energizes him defensively. He’s been terrific. We’re going to need him to play like this every night.”
(on Butler not playing)
“We were disappointed. Look, he’s one of the best players. I didn’t find out till late. It was disappointing but he’s going to be OK. The hope is that he’s going to be OK for Friday.”
(on team not using Butler’s absence as an excuse)
“At this point, everybody has got people dinged up. We have Damp out. We’re not getting any sympathy cards from San Antonio or Houston. It’s a competitive business and injuries are part of it. Guys have to step up. The Eddie Najera’s of the world are really important right now. Barea, Roddy, DeShawn being able to step in. Anytime those guys can come in and give us good minutes, it builds our energy.”
Mavericks Guard Jason Kidd
On the game…
“We were battling out there. Nobody wanted to lose tonight. We wanted to come out and play our ‘A’ game. We have been playing pretty good defense with the new guys these five games and tonight was another example where our shots weren’t going down, but we relied on our defense and we got some stops. Then we made some big shots down the stretch.”
On never being able to pull away…
“They are a championship team and you always felt like when we were on that run and you looked up and we were just up one or up three and it felt like we were up nine or 10. They kept it close and they are a very good team and we just hung in there even when we got down. When we kind of went cold there in the second, guys weren’t making shots on wide open looks, but we felt like the tempo of the game was in our favor. We were getting up and down and getting easy shots and you know Jet (Jason Terry) and Dirk made some big plays for us down at the end.”
On the run to end the first half…
“We did go cold there and we were down and then all of the sudden we went on that 10-2 run to end the half on a positive and then we came out after halftime and kept it going. That gave us confidence, but we knew with Kobe in the building, no lead is safe. He always tries his best to bring his team back and we got very fortunate tonight that he missed some shots.”
Mavericks Guard Jason Terry
On the game…
“Well what it was, was that their legs were a little weary. You know in Memphis they played a tough game last night and we took full advantage of that. We kept the tempo in our favor and we kept attacking and we were the aggressor.”
What was clicking for you and Dirk tonight?
“I got comfortable early, you know, being aggressive and getting drives to the basket. It has been an adjustment for me, I always like say it is easy coming off the bench since I was Sixth Man of the Year last year, but it has been an adjustment for me again. Darryl Armstrong has been staying on me mentally and keeping me in an attack zone. Tonight I came out early and got in some quick layups and that helped my rhythm tonight.”
On the team chemistry…
“The chemistry is good. We started out in training camp pretty good and it just deteriorated throughout the season for whatever reason. Now we make a big trade and guys come in that are hungry. You know, Brendan Haywood, Caron Butler and DeShawn Stevenson, who had an outstanding game on defense, their energy level is up and they want to win and they want a good taste of it. We’ve had it and we are sharing it with them.”
Lakers vs. Mavericks Game Preview
By ANTHONY GIORNALISTA
Posted Feb 24 2010 12:58AM
Though they're certainly glad to have Kobe Bryant back, the Los Angeles Lakers fared well without him. They didn't even need a big game from their star to win their last matchup with the Dallas Mavericks.
Bryant, outstanding in his first game back from injury, looks to help the Lakers continue their success against the Mavericks as two of the Western Conference's top teams meet Wednesday night in Texas.
After missing five games with an ankle injury, Bryant hit a 3-pointer with 4.3 seconds left to lift Los Angeles (43-14) to a 99-98 win over Memphis on Tuesday night.
Bryant, who also tied the game on a 3-pointer with 54 seconds remaining, finished with 32 points including the Lakers' final nine.
"It's fun," he said. "It's my responsibility to make plays down the stretch. I enjoy it."
The stellar performance followed his longest absence in five years. Bryant hadn't played since Feb. 5, but the Lakers managed to go 4-1 without him.
The 12-time All-Star was held to 10 points against the Mavericks (36-21) on Jan. 13, but the Lakers got 22 points and 11 rebounds from Andrew Bynum in a 100-95 road victory. The only time Bryant scored fewer points this season was when he had five in a 99-97 win over Charlotte on Feb. 3.
Bryant is averaging 15.0 points - 13 below his season average - and shooting 40.5 percent in three games against the Mavericks this season. Still, Los Angeles has won two of those contests, eight of the last nine in the series and three straight in Dallas.
The Lakers have also won seven of their last eight road games overall.
Dallas will be sporting a different look this time, though. This will be the teams' first meeting since the Mavs acquired Caron Butler, Brendan Haywood and DeShawn Stevenson in a Feb. 13 trade with Washington. The 7-foot Haywood could be especially valuable against the Lakers, who sport two of the league's top 7-footers in Bynum and Pau Gasol.
The Mavs had envisioned using Haywood and Erick Dampier at the same time against the league's bigger lineups, but Dampier dislocated a finger in a 99-86 loss to Oklahoma City three days after Haywood's acquisition and is expected to miss another 2-4 weeks. Haywood has not disappointed as the new starting center, averaging 11.2 points, 11.0 rebounds and 2.4 blocks in five games with the Mavs, who are 4-0 with him in the starting lineup.
He tied his career high with 20 rebounds Monday night as Dallas beat Indiana 91-82. Haywood added three blocks to anchor a defense that was struggling before the trade.
In five games since the deal, Dallas has held each opponent under 100 points. The Mavs' previous eight opponents had all reached the century mark.
"The guy has rejuvenated himself," Dallas guard Jason Terry said of Haywood. "It's funny. When you're on a losing team, people don't see what kind of talent you have. Now that he's with us, he's able to showcase his skills."
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Kobe Bryant (strained tendon, left ankle / avulsion fracture, right index finger) is probable.
Andrew Bynum (bruised right hip) is probable.
Sasha Vujacic (sprained right shoulder) is out.
Luke Walton (pinched nerve, back) is out indefinitely.
Erick Dampier (dislocated right middle finger) is out.
Tim Thomas (personal reasons) is not with the team.
SEASON & SERIES
The Lakers lead their season series with the Mavericks 2-1 after sweeping last season’s series with Dallas 3-0 and taking the 2007-08 series 3-1. 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 time ever (1983-84). This will be the 125th overall meeting between the two franchises with the Lakers holding a 95-29 series advantage. In their first meeting of the season (10/30/09), the Lakers lost for just the 11th time at home against the Mavericks, ending a 6-game win streak against Dallas as well as a four game home win streak against the Mavs. In their last meeting at STAPLES Center (1/3/10), 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). Overall, the Lakers are 8-2 against the Mavericks in their last 10 games. In Dallas, the Lakers have gone 5- 5 over their last 10 games and have won three straight at American Airlines Center. The Lakers are 17-4 all-time against the Mavericks at STAPLES Center and 7-3 in their last 10 home games overall. Under head coach Phil Jackson, the Lakers are 26-11 against the Mavericks. In their first meeting of last season, Jason Kidd posted his 101st career triple-double and his fourth ever against the Lakers. 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 2007-08, 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. In 46 games (40 starts), Bryant is averaging 24.9 points for his career against Dallas.
BRYANT MOVES PAST JERRY WEST FOR FIRST ON LAKERS ALL-TIME SCORING LIST (14th ON NBA LIST); REGGIE MILLER ONE POINT AWAY
Kobe Bryant, who earlier this season moved past Jerry West (25,192) for first on the Lakers all-time scoring list and 14th on the NBA’s all-time scoring list, is now one point shy of Reggie Miller (25,279) for 13th on the NBA’s all-time scoring list. Next on the all-time list ahead of Miller and Bryant (25,278) are Alex English (12th/25,613), John Havlicek (11th/26,395) and Dominique Wilkins (10th/26,668).
Bryant passed West with a slam dunk at the 4:14 mark of the third quarter February 1 at Memphis, finishing the game with 44 points (West’s retired number). Less than a month earlier, with 22 points 1/5 vs. Houston, Bryant moved past Patrick Ewing (24,815) for 15th on the NBA’s all-time scoring list. In November, with his free throw at the 6:07 mark of the third quarter 11/19 vs. Chicago, Bryant moved past Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (24,176) for 2nd on the Lakers all-time franchise scoring list while with 41 points 11/6 vs. Memphis, Bryant moved past Allen Iverson for 16th on the all-time list. Bryant has been steadily moving up the list the last few years and last season alone, passed Charles Barkley (23,757) for 17th, Robert Parish (23,334) for 18th, 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.
BRYANT MOVING CLOSER TO 5th ON NBA FRANCHISE CAREER POINTS LIST
With his 29th point February 1 at Memphis, Kobe Bryant surpassed Jerry West as the Lakers all-time leading scorer. Additionally, having scored all his points with the Lakers, Bryant moved to sixth on the NBA’s franchise career points list. Entering tonight’s game at Dallas, Bryant (25,278) stands just one point behind Reggie Miller (25,279) for 5th on this list. Including Miller, only five players in league history have scored more points for a single franchise than Bryant.
FISHER REACHES 9,000-POINT CAREER MILESTONE
After a pair of free throws in the opening quarter, Derek Fisher’s first field goal of the game with 1:31 remaining in the first half pushed him past 9,000 points for his career 2/23 at Memphis. With the Lakers, Fisher has scored 6,215 career points, moving past Wilt Chamberlain (5,985) and Happy Hairston (5,993) this season and into 17th place on the franchise’s all-time scoring list. Next on the Lakers all-time scoring list are Elden Campbell (16th/6,408) and Vlade Divac (15th/6,531).
FISHER / BRYANT BOTH PLAY IN 1,000th CAREER GAME
In the Lakers 96-81 victory over the Utah Jazz on February 10, Derek Fisher played in his 1,000th career regular season game. Of his first 1,000 career games, 816 came in a Lakers uniform. Fisher currently ranks 9th (819 games) in franchise history for games played behind Byron Scott (8th/846). Bryant, who played 999 career games before having to miss the next five due to a sprained left ankle, played in his 1,000th career regular season contest 2/23 @ Memphis, posting 32 points (13-19 FG), seven rebounds, six assists, three steals and two blocks while connecting on the game-winning three-pointer with 4.3 seconds remaining. Bryant, who entered the season ranked 2nd on the Lakers all-time games played list, will be just the 2nd Laker in franchise history to reach the 1,000-game milestone, joining Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (1,093) in that exclusive club. In terms of playoff games, Bryant (175 games) currently ranks 3rd in franchise history behind Abdul Jabbar (180) and Earvin “Magic” Johnson (190) while Fisher (160) ranks 5th in franchise history behind Michael Cooper (168).
Wednesday’s game at Dallas is the second of a back-to-back set against the Grizzlies and Mavericks. This season, the Lakers are 10-5 in the first game and 10-4 in the second game of back-to-backs. On the year, the Lakers will play 20 sets of back-to-back games, the most the team has played in a single season since playing 22 sets of back-to-backs during the 1999-00 campaign. Last year, the Lakers played 19 sets of back-to-backs, going 14-5 in the first game and 14-5 in the second as well. Charlotte, Detroit and Milwaukee lead the league with 23 back-to-backs each in 2009-10 while New Orleans (15) and San Antonio (17) will play the fewest sets this season.
GASOL’S HISTORIC LINE
In the Lakers 101-89 victory over the Spurs on February 8, Pau Gasol recorded game-highs in points (21), rebounds (19), assists (8) and blocks (5). Since the NBA began tracking blocked shots prior to the 1973-74 season, only six other times in NBA history has a player recorded 21+ points, 19+ rebounds, 8+ assists and 5+ blocks in a single game. Gasol, who accomplished that feat for the 7th time in league history, became 6th player ever to do so and the first since Shaquille O’Neal in January of 2000.