The Lakers won a thriller against Dallas, coming back from a 10 point halftime deficit to defeat the Mavericks 112-108. Lamar Odom had one of his best games in a Lakers uniform, leading the team with 31 points to go along with 10 rebounds and five assists. Although they played second fiddle to Odom tonight, Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol also had outstanding games, each scoring 25 points a piece.
“In the third quarter, we made a couple plays that kept them in ball games, that were retaliated back after we brought the score to 2, 4, 6 or something,” said Jackson. “They broke it back out to 9 points or 11 points and we battled back. It was an important part of the game. Big shot, Sasha made a 4 point play and took a lot of momentum, a lot of energy out of them. The fourth quarter, we were able to do some things offensively that broke them down.”
Jackson praised the all-around effort of Odom, admitting that it was probably one of Lamar’s top three games since he took over as Lakers coach again prior to the 2005-2006 season.
“He had a remarkable game, 12-14,” said Jackson. “I remember him missing one shot, a jumper, but he was at the basket, and he played defense. He did a lot of things for the team tonight. It was a tough cover for Nowitzki coming back from that ankle injury, and he (Lamar) exploited it.”
Aside form the Lakers “Big Three,” the Lakers were also sparked by reserves Jordan Farmar and Sasha Vujacic, the latter of which connected on a clutch, momentum-turning four-point play in the fourth quarter.
“We thought of a combination of guys who could play out there, Sasha replacing Vladimir, and I thought Jordan gave us some energy taking the ball to the basket, getting a couple steals and work down the stretch,” said Jackson.
Although he was limited because of a high ankle sprain, Dallas still got huge contributions from Dirk Nowitzki whose gutsy 27 point night almost sent the Lakers home with a defeat.