11:50 AMLakers 110, Mavs 82: March 31 Running Diary
Below is a running diary of L.A.’s Thursday evening home contest against the Dallas Mavericks, the Lakers looking for their eighth straight win, with some comments drawn from our @LakersReporter Twitter account, and a few more details in case you missed any of the action:
5:12 At the first extended time out, both teams were hot offensively, shooting identical 8-of-14 lines (57 percent) in an 18-17 lead for the Mavs thanks to an extra three-pointer. Bryant and Gasol had six points apiece for L.A., while both Kidd and Dirk Nowitzki had the same amount for Dallas. The Mavs, who beat the Clippers 106-100 in the same building on the previous night, looked sharp, while the Lakers, off since Sunday, were there on offense but not yet on D.
2:38 Mavs owner Mark Cuban had made some comments about wanting Ron Artest to make decisions and shoot the ball, but Artest had the last laugh in the first quarter by assisting on five of his team’s 11 field goals. Meanwhile, Bynum punished the smaller Tyson Chandler in the paint with consecutive hoops, this after Phil Jackson had commented on Chandler not being able to handle Bynum’s strength after L.A.’s March 12 win at Dallas. L.A. would take a 28-26 lead out of the period.
6:00 L.A. controlled the first half of the quarter until Dallas had a quick hot streak on offense, getting six points from J.J. Barea and two triples from Peja Stojakovic, the first of which banked in off glass despite being launched from the baseline, to turn a 37-32 deficit into a 40-38 lead.
2:49 But back came the Lakers, inspired by Ron Artest, going on a 7-0 run to take a six-point lead on Gasol’s and-1. Artest sank a long two and came up with a steal, continuing to play inspired ball against a team he felt slighted him in that March 12 game by defending him with Kidd. A Bryant three pushed the lead to seven, though Dallas trimmed off four points to get within three at 54-51 at the break. Two related stats: Dallas out-rebounded L.A. 25-18, but seven second quarter steals (after none in the first quarter) for the Lakers allowed the Mavs more defensive board opportunities.
4:36 A Kidd strip of Bryant was just the fifth turnover of the game for the home team. But after Dirk’s tough J over Odom, Bryant responded with a difficult baseline jumper, plus a foul on the swiping-at-the-ball Kidd, to put the Lakers back up by 10. Generally speaking, L.A. had controlled the game since early in the second quarter.
0:00 A great close to the third was keyed by Odom, who nailed a corner three to make it 82-70, a lead preserved on the other end by Bynum’s swat in the lane. Odom had outplayed fellow Sixth Man of the Year candidate Jason Terry, going for seven points, seven boards and two assists to five points, three dimes and a board for Terry … who had played 10 more minutes than Odom (25 to 15).
9:23 And then things got completely insane. It all started when Terry unnecessarily shoved Blake out of bounds. Blake, who never backs down to anyone, let alone a guard (he usually scraps with centers) got right up and into Terry’s face. Enter Barnes, who came in trying to support Blake, who then pushed Terry. Enter Brendan Haywood, who then shoved Barnes. It was about to end until a Mavs assistant coach (Terry Stotts) grabbed Barnes, trying to get him away, and Barnes took exception before shaking Stotts off him. Stotts fell into a fan courtside … just craziness. Eventually, it all ended, with all four players being ejected and Terry hit with a flagrant two foul. The Mavs picked Theo Ratliff to shoot the free throws since Blake was out, the same player activated only because Derrick Caracter was sent to the D-League and wasn’t going to see any action, and he missed both. THEN, Dallas went on a 5-0 run to cut L.A.’s lead to 12. And now my fingers are tired.
5:55 The lead was soon back at 20, however. Kobe led the charge, reaching 27 points with six straight, and moments later the insane six minutes of action got a bow on top as Artest scored with one hand through Peja Stojakovic (you know how he does it while sealing space for an offensive board), then kissed his bicep. Naturally.
0:00 It was all over at that point. Odom got a standing O when checking out with 16 points and 10 boards in his 23 outstanding minutes, and three minutes later the game was over, L.A. taking a 110-82 victory to win the season series with Dallas 2-1. Your numbers:
3 Three-pointers nailed by Lamar Odom in a one-minute area around the end of the third and start of the fourth quarters, turning a nine-point lead into an 18-point blow out. Odom was terrific all night, going for 16 points, 11 rebounds and three assists. His main opposition to Sixth Man of the Year honors, Jason Terry, had only five points and three assists on 2-of-9 shooting before being ejected in the fourth quarter…
5 … And Terry was just one of five players to get tossed. See the Running Diary for a description of some fourth quarter shenanigans, but it all started when Terry unnecessarily shoved Steve Blake down from behind.
11 Free throws made by Kobe Bryant en route to a game-high 28 points, plus five boards and four assists in 37 minutes.
27.5 Shooting percentage for the Mavs in the second half, L.A. stepping up its defense in a big way.
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