Lakers Over Mavs…Again
Posted by hiphopmama on November 11, 2008
LA Lakers 106, Dallas 99
How many times have we seen this scenario? The Mavs have the Lakers on the ropes, often at home in Dallas, and they can’t close the deal. Of course, a valiant comeback is involved and the Lakers do the damn thing, but it’s always right their in Dallas’ hands and they let it slip away. The line-ups have changed over the years, but the outcome never really has. Tonight was more of the same.
The Mavericks jumped out in front of the Lakers in the first quarter, but LA did its familiar thing and slowly chipped that away, weathering the storm and winning each of the next three quarters by mounting some remarkable scoring runs. Nowitzki – he of the call-out-your-teammates-then-suck-it-up fame – barely showed up, and Dallas was also without Josh Howard due to a wrist injury.
Trevor Ariza continues to make me look like an idiot for ever questioning his role with the team (although, for the record, I was only opposed to seeing him get so many minutes in crucial playoff situations). He slammed home a rebound to cap a run and put the Lakers ahead in the fourth quarter, and he also swatted a 3-point attempt by Stackhouse at the very end which ultimately resulted in a shot clock violation. He also contributed 13 points, 6 rebounds, and 3 steals in the victory, which moves the Lakers to 6-0 for the first time since their last championship run in 2001-02, when they started 7-0.
Kobe was good for his usual team-leading scoring numbers, with 27 points in 36 minutes. Gasol added 22, and Bynum had 11 along with 10 rebounds and 3 blocks. Kidd got his 101st career triple double (16 points, 11 rebs, 10 assists), but it wasn’t enough to get it done against the Lakers. Again.