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Box Score Dallas Mavericks 29 15 28 21 93
Play by Play Los Angeles Lakers 27 30 23 29 109


Bryant, Gasol lead Lakers over Mavericks

By CHRIS DUNCAN


Posted Mar 21 2012 9:24PM

DALLAS (AP) Kobe Bryant scored 30 points, Pau Gasol added 27 points and nine rebounds, and the Los Angeles Lakers stopped the Dallas Mavericks' four-game winning streak with a 109-93 victory on Wednesday night.

Ramon Sessions contributed 17 points and nine assists in his fourth game for the Lakers since he was acquired in a trade with Cleveland on March 15.

Dirk Nowitzki had 26 points and 10 rebounds, and Jason Terry scored 23 points for the defending NBA champion Mavericks, 0-3 against the Lakers this season.

The Lakers ended a two-game skid and have won six of eight overall. They were on the second leg of a back-to-back following Tuesday night's 107-104 loss at Houston.

The Lakers broke open the game with a 24-6 spurt in the second quarter, capped by consecutive 3-pointers from Matt Barnes and Sessions for a 51-38 advantage.

Barnes and Bryant added 3-pointers during the decisive run, with the Lakers building a 57-44 halftime edge.

Los Angeles shot 57 percent (25 for 44) from the floor in the first half, led by Gasol's 6 for 7 and Sessions' 5 for 6. Gasol finished 13 of 16.

Bryant pulled off a spectacular three-point play midway through the third quarter, first spinning in a no-look reverse layup after Gasol's alley-oop pass. He was fouled on the attempt by Jason Kidd, and Bryant added a free throw that put his team in front, 69-55.

Dallas finished the third quarter with a 12-6 run to narrow the deficit to 80-72.

But the Lakers took control by opening the final quarter with a 10-4 spurt, capped by Gasol's 3-pointer with 8:04 left for a 90-76 lead.

Mavericks starters Shawn Marion (sore left knee) and Brendan Haywood (sprained right knee) each missed their third straight game. Dallas is also minus a third starter, Delonte West, who sat out his 18th straight game with a fractured right ring finger.

NOTES: Los Angeles has taken 13 of the last 16 regular-season meetings with Dallas, but the Mavs swept a four-game playoff series from the Lakers last season. ... The Lakers held a 30-15 advantage in the second quarter, hitting 13 of 24 field goal attempts while Dallas was going 5 for 20. Los Angeles owned a 17-6 rebounding edge in the second quarter. ... Mavericks owner Mark Cuban's take on Oklahoma City's signing of ex-Laker G Derek Fisher: "I hope he disrupts their locker room...but I hope there's disruption in every locker room but us." ... Lakers coach Mike Brown wished Fisher well, saying, "That's great. I'm happy for him and his family. He's a winner. He'll be able to help them out."


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Points Bryant 30, 11-18 FG
Rebounds Gasol 9, 2 OFF 7 DEF
Assists Sessions 9
Steals Blake 2
Blocks Bynum 2


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