Inactives for Tonight’s Game:
Mavericks: Eddie Jones, Antoine Wright
Lakers: Andrew Bynum, Chris Mihm
9:51 The Lakers finally get on the board with two free throws by Luke Walton. The Mavs raced out to a 7-0 start prior to the makes. L.A. has already been burned a couple of times already with the Dallas fast break, which seems to have picked it up a notch with Jason Kidd running the show now.
8:19 Derek Fisher dumps a perfect pass to a running Gasol who electrifies the sold out STAPLES Center crowd with a two-handed dunk. The make brings the Lakers to within one of the Mavs after a 6-0 run following Dallas’ 7-0 start.
6:07 Kobe’s finally on the board for the Lakers with consecutive makes from the field after he missed his first two shots. The first came after he zoomed past the Mavs’ defenders for an uncontested dunk and the latter on another easy layup. Bryant leads the Lakers in scoring with half the quarter remaining. As a team, the Lakers are only shooting four of 11 from the field so far.
4:59 Kobe and Gasol team up again for another wide-open dunk by the Spanish star. After a rough start, it looks like the Lakers have refocused, now leading 15-12 with five to go in the first. Pau has four points so far to go along with two rebounds, with both makes coming on dunks.
3:04 After two straight so-so games from Pau, it looks like he’s really making an effort to assert himself tonight, toying with the Mavs for a layup off glass on the previous play and making another aggressive move toward the hoop en route to two free throws that put the Lakers up 21-19. Gasol has eight points on the night.
1:53 Pau slams it home yet AGAIN, catching Kobe’s feed and dunking it home for his fourth dunk already tonight. The make increases the Lakers’ lead to a game-high four points and forces the Mavs to call a timeout as 18,997 rise to their feet in appreciation. So far, Dallas has had absolutely no answer for Gasol inside, seemingly allowing him to do whatever he wants in the lane.
1:45 Ronny Turiaf and Jordan Farmar join Bryant, Walton and Gasol on the floor.
1:11 It took Jordan all of 34 seconds to make his presence known, going up with confidence from beyond the arc and swishing the three. The Lakers lead 28-23.
12:00 Sasha Vujacic makes his first appearance of the night to start the second quarter.
9:38 Similar to the way they started the first quarter, the Mavs have come out firing to open the second quarter, tying the score at 30 following a free throw make by Malik Allen. Coach Jackson isn’t take any chances, immediately bringing Gasol back into the game to help stymie the Mavs’ run.
6:09 Sasha makes his second aggressive move in a row, first powering his way to the hoop for an acrobatic layup and then driving all the way to the basket for a layup and one that gets everyone off their feet once again. More importantly, the Lakers have regained control of the game, increasing their lead to six at 41-35.
5:23 The Lakers get another standing ovation as Vujacic steals the ball and throws it to a wide-open Kobe Bryant who throws down a two-handed dunk that leads to a Dallas timeout. As the Lakers have heated up in the last few minutes, so too has Kobe, now with 13 points to overtake Gasol’s 12 as L.A.’s scoring leader. Sasha has been a huge X-factor since coming into the game, energizing the Lakers on both ends of the floor.
4:56 Lamar finally gets his first basket of the night, coming on his first field goal attempt–a twenty footer that hits nothing but net. With the one-two punch of Gasol and Bryant working with amazing efficiency today, the Lakers haven’t needed his scoring so far.
2:53 Walton returns for the Lakers with L.A. leading 48-43.
HALFTIME: Kobe closes out the half by missing two free throws for the Lakers that keeps the score at three at 50-47. So far today, it has been a game of runs for both teams, with the Mavericks coming out of the gates strong with a 7-0 start and playing well again to open the second quarter. The Kobe-Pau tandem is in full force tonight with Gasol scoring 12 points to go along with Kobe’s 15 to lead L.A. Jason Terry leads the Mavericks in scoring, but it has been a surprising Erick Dampier (10 rebounds) that has helped Dallas dominate the boards 27-22 so far. Both teams are shooting poor percentages from the field with the Mavericks at 38% and the Lakers at only 42%.
9:42 Kobe’s layup just put an end to another 7-0 Mavs run to open the second half. If the first five minutes of the third quarter are crucial to setting the tone for the second half, it’s the Mavericks that are putting their footprint on this game.
6:08 A collision neat the sideline leaves Lamar in the first row and Jason Kidd on the floor. Dick Bavetta decides to call it out of bounds on the Lakers instead of choosing a side. Luke is quickly whistled for his fourth foul on the ensuing inbounds as the whistles continue to flow freely. The Mavs continue to shoot a ridiculous 56% (9/16) from three-point land. Mavs coach Avery Johnson said he wanted Kidd to shoot more and he has, going 5-9 so far including 3 of 3 from deep. Mavs lead 59-58.
4:33 Derek Fisher finds his touch from behind the arc as he sinks a three that ties the game up at 61 a side. Fish has been having a rough shooting day going must 3 for 9.
3:19 Kobe is struggling from the line today having just missed both freebies this time. Combine that with the other no-fer to end the half and a couple others here and there and #24 is only 3-10 from the line. Shades of opening night against Houston. 65-61 Dallas.
2.8 The Lakers hold for the final shot of the quarter, a Kobe iso that creates a Dampier foul and more Kobe free throws. Both fall to cut the Mav’s lead to three points.
0:00 A mistake by colliding Mavericks sees the ball tapped back to Kobe who has a clean look from 30 feet out, but it isn’t to be. The Lakers got outscored 21-15 in that quarter with Bryant making the only significant contribution for the home team.
9:51 Kobe finally makes the Lakers’ first field goal of the fourth quarter, extinguishing some of the momentum established by the Mavs to open the final frame. Kobe is far and away the game’s leading scorer with 26 points on 50% shooting. Unfortunately for the Lakers, it’s pretty much been Kobe and Kobe alone in the past six minutes with the team looking a little out of sync on offense. Dallas leads 73-69.
8:47 Odom returns to the lineup for the Lakers.
7:45 Odom brings the Lakers to within two of the Mavs with a layup underneath the basket. The make was only Lamar’s second tonight from the field giving him a total of seven points to go along with eight rebounds. Whereas in the first half, the Lakers didn’t need Lamar’s scoring as much with Pau and Kobe working well together, they need him to step up the game with Gasol not shooting well in the second half.
7:11 Walton just picked up his sixth personal foul for the Lakers.
6:56 Pau finally returns to the floor for L.A.
5:22 A huge three pointer by Kobe gives the Lakers the lead again 82-81, sending the STAPLES Center crowd into a frenzy. On the Lakers’ next possession, #24 nailed a fadeaway jumper that keeps everyone rocking going into the timeout. Bryant’s upped his total to 35 points on the night.
2:25 Kobe nails two clutch free throws for the Lakers, putting them up 86-84. Kobe has 20 attempts from the charity stripe already, closing in on his season high of 27, established opening night versus the Rockets.
1:19 Kobe sends STAPLES Center into pandemonium after blowing past Jason Kidd for a layup and one that puts the Lakers up 91-88 with just over a minute to go. In the process, Erick Dampier just fouled out.
28.5 The Lakers just turned the ball over, leading by one, 91-90 going into the Mavs timeout. 18 seconds remain on the shot clock for Dallas.
06.1 Lamar just missed two free throws, but Kobe grabbed the rebound and nailed both to give the Lakers a three point lead with six seconds to go.
02.0 Dirk just made one of the biggest threes of the year for the Mavs, tying the score at 93 with two seconds left.
0.00 The Lakers and Mavs are headed to overtime after the Lakers weren’t able to get control of the ball on the final possession.
4:42 Sasha finally makes a three pointer for the Lakers after missing his first seven from beyond the arc. On the following Lakers’ possession, Kobe drove to the hook for hook that gives the Lakers a five point lead to open the extra period.
2:51 After a series of offensive rebounds, Gasol recovered the ball and took it up strong before being fouled by Dirk. After two free throw makes, the Lakers lead 100-96.
1:53 After another brilliant driving shot by Kobe, the Lakers lead 102-96 going into the timeout. Kobe is only four shy of 50.
29.6 Dirk just hit two free throws to bring the Mavs to within two of L.A. at 104-102 after Kobe narrowly missed a spinning layup on the Lakers’ end.
16.0 Pau only made one of two free throws, once again giving the Mavs hope as they takeover possession with 16 seconds to go.
10.6 Gasol just made a horrible play, fouling Jason Kidd who made the layup, but missed the pivotal free throw. The Mavs fouled Kobe immediately, where he notched his astonishing 51st and 52nd points of the game.
2.5 Dirk couldn’t come through this time, missing a three. Odom just made one of two free throws to finally ice the game for the Lakers.
FINAL SCORE: Dallas 104, Lakers 108