TDIKH: November 28

Nov. 28, 2008

30 years, 97 days

In their path to the 2008 NBA Finals, the Lakers got off to a scorching start, as a 114-107 win over Dallas improved their league-best record to 13-1.

Reigning MVP Kobe Bryant torched the Mavericks for 35 points by hitting 14-of-26 shots, while knocking down all six free throw attempts.

Meanwhile, Dirk Nowitzki, who had won the MVP before Bryant, tallied 19 points and 12 rebounds, while being aided by Jason Terry (29 points) and Jason Kidd (12 points, 11 rebounds).

While that trio’s performances built up a 78-67 Dallas lead late in the third quarter, the Lakers responded by scoring 17 unanswered points to take the lead for good.

Bryant kept the Mavs at bay in the final period, scoring 13 points on a 5-of-7 clip.

Though Dallas’ offense was clicking with 32 assists and 13 3-pointers, L.A. ground out its sixth consecutive win thanks to a 58-40 advantage in the paint, plus just eight fouls committed — its fewest total since moving from Minneapolis.

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