National Basketball Association
L.A. Lakers 96, Dallas 91
When: 9:30 PM ET, Wednesday, February 22, 2012
Where: American Airlines Center, Dallas, Texas
#24 Mike Callahan, #30 John Goble, #60 James Williams
LAKERS 96, MAVERICKS 91
: Pau Gasol had 24 points and nine rebounds Andrew Bynum had 19 points and 14 rebounds as visiting Los Angeles got past Dallas in the start of a difficult back-to-back trip.
Kobe Bryant had 15 points, but was just 4 of 15 from the field for the Lakers, who are just 6-11 on the road and travel to Oklahoma City on Thursday. The Thunder are an NBA-best 14-1 at home.
Gasol had 16 in the first half for the Lakers, making their first trip to Dallas since the Mavericks eliminated them in the Western Conference semifinals in 2011.
Derek Fisher came up big for the Lakers late in the fourth quarter and scored 15 points. Matt Barnes had nine points and nine rebounds.
Dirk Nowitzki had 25 points and 12 rebounds to lead the Mavericks (21-13).
Vince Carter appeared to be on his way to a monster game with 18 first-half points, but he scored just two in the second half. Jason Terry scored 16. Brendan Haywood grabbed 11 rebounds.
The Lakers went on a 12-0 run for a 42-28 lead in the second quarter, but the Mavericks stormed back with a 20-6 run to tie the score at 48 at halftime.
The teams stayed even throughout the third quarter and deep until the fourth before Fisher's 25-foot 3-pointer and drive to the lane gave the Lakers an 89-82 lead. Bynum made it 93-86 but Terry made a deep 3-pointer and Nowitzki tipped in a shot with 27.1 seconds remaining. Matt Barnes made two free throws and Fisher added one for a 96-91 lead.GAME NOTEBOOK
: Former Laker Lamar Odom missed the game with what coach Rick Carlisle said was an excused absence to attend to a family matter in Los Angeles. Carlisle said Odom would rejoin the Mavericks after the All-Star break. ... Dallas owner Mark Cuban has no sympathy for the Lakers, but said he does miss Phil Jackson. "Phil was smart," Cuban told the Los Angeles Times. "He was fun to mess with, knowing that he'd come right back, return volley, and I'd return volleys like a good tennis match. The volleys went on and on. They got more intense. I really miss that. ... You don't often find the perfect bucket boy." ... Dallas was just 8 of 32 on 3-pointers.
Top Game Performances
Pau Gasol 24
Dirk Nowitzki 25
Steve Blake 5
Shawn Marion 5
Andrew Bynum 14
Dirk Nowitzki 12
Andrew Bynum 7
||Free Throws Made
Dirk Nowitzki 6
Pau Gasol 3
Shawn Marion 3
Metta World Peace 2
Vince Carter 1
Team Stats Summary
Dallas will play their next game at home against New Jersey. The Mavericks have a W/L % of .667 after a win and .538 after a loss.
L.A. Lakers will play their next game on the road against Oklahoma City. The Lakers have a W/L % of .579 after a win and .643 after a loss.