National Basketball Association
L.A. Lakers 110, Dallas 82
When: 10:30 PM ET, Thursday, March 31, 2011
Where: Staples Center, Los Angeles, California
#17 Joe Crawford, # Marat Kogut, #65 Sean Wright
Kobe Bryant scored 28 points and the Los Angeles Lakers moved closer to securing the second seed in the Western Conference playoffs by routing the visiting Dallas Mavericks 110-82 on Thursday.
Pau Gasol scored 20 points, Andrew Bynum had 18 points and 13 rebounds and Lamar Odom had 16 points and 11 rebounds as Los Angeles (54-20) won its eighth straight game and 16th in 17 contests since the All-Star break.
Dirk Nowitzki had 27 points and 13 rebounds for Dallas (53-22), which had a five-game winning streak snapped.
Odom scored 11 straight points on three 3-pointers and a layup as the Lakers stretched a nine-point lead late in the third quarter into a 90-70 advantage with 10:25 remaining in the game.
Ron Artest added 13 points for Los Angeles, which is now just 2 1/2 games behind slumping San Antonio for the top seed in the West.
Peja Stojakovic added 13 points for the Mavericks, who trailed just 54-51 at halftime before being outscored 56-31 in the second half.
Tensions between the teams escalated in fourth quarter when Dallas guard Jason Terry pushed Steve Blake to the ground after being called for a foul. Terry, Blake, Los Angeles forward Matt Barnes and Dallas center Brendan Haywood were all ejected in the ensuing scrum. Lakers swingman Shannon Brown was ejected later in the quarter.
Top Game Performances
Dirk Nowitzki 27
Kobe Bryant 28
Jason Kidd 6
Ron Artest 6
Dirk Nowitzki 13
Andrew Bynum 13
Dirk Nowitzki 6
||Free Throws Made
Kobe Bryant 11
Jason Kidd 2
Kobe Bryant 2
Brendan Haywood 1
Andrew Bynum 2
Team Stats Summary
L.A. Lakers will play their next game on the road against Utah. The Lakers have a W/L % of .792 after a win and .571 after a loss.
Dallas will play their next game on the road against Golden State. The Mavericks have a W/L % of .755 after a win and .591 after a loss.