The Dallas Mavericks (20-15) desperately needed a win on Tuesday night against the visiting Los Angeles Lakers (14-21). The Mavs, losers of their last four home games, were trying to avoid their first three-game losing streak of the season. The Mavs did just that too as they defeated the Lakers 110-97.
How it went down: The Mavs came out on fire in the game as they shot 60% from the floor in the first quarter. Shawn Marion and DeJuan Blair both had eight points in the quarter and Dirk Nowtizki added seven. However, Pau Gasol did his best to keep the Lakers close as he poured in 10 points.
The Mavs, in the first half, shot 52% while the Lakers shot 47.5%. The scare for the Mavs, though, came towards the end of the half. Shawn Marion was trying to move on defense with his man and his legs got tangled up with Dirk. Marion fell hard to the ground, banging his shoulder in the process. Marion would head to the locker room and not return.
The second half belonged to Dirk and Monta Ellis. Dirk took over the third quarter for Dallas as he scored 10 of his 27 points in the third quarter, while Monta took over in the fourth. Monta finished with 16 total points and he scored 10 of those in the final frame for the Mavs.
The win put Dallas at the 20 win plateau and kicks off four-games in five night stretch for Dallas that will have them playing the Spurs and a back-to-back with the Pelicans.
Inside the Numbers: Dallas had a distinct advantage in the paint against the Lakers as Dallas outscored them 58-32.
The Mavs are 10-3 this season with they shoot at least 50% from the field.
Dallas had 32 assists in the game. It’s the fifth time this season Dallas has recorded at least 30 assists.
The 17 steals were a season-high for the Mavs as well.
Impact Play of the Game:
After watching the Lakers cut the lead down to four in the fourth quarter, Monta Ellis took over as he scored 10 straight points to blow the lead wide open.
Step-Up Mav of the Night: Monta Ellis
Although he only scored 16 points, he scored most of them when it mattered. Not wanting his team to lose another game at home, Ellis put the team on his back in the fourth quarter and brought home the victory.
“I kept attacking the basket and kept taking my shot and eventually they started going down.” – Monta Ellis
“He’s banged up. X-rays were negative. He’s not going to travel with us (to San Antonio) and we hope that he feels better tomorrow or the next day. We’ll see.” – Rick Carlisle on Marion’s status
“It was great. He kind of brought it home for us. His shot looked good there. I think he got his confidence back by getting a couple of layups in transition. He played some good defense, got a couple of steals and then he got on the break and got his confidence up by getting to the basket a couple of times. … He looked like he was unstoppable again.” – Dirk on Ellis’ performance in the fourth quarter
On Deck: The Mavs will head south to face division rival San Antonio Wednesday night. The game has an earlier tip time (6:00 pm Central) and can be seen locally on FSSW and nationally on ESPN.