Monta Ellis got off to a cold start but finished with 16 points
and nine assists for the Mavericks, who had lost two straight.
DeJuan Blair tallied 15 points and nine rebounds and Jose Calderon
added 12 points and eight assists for Dallas.
Jodie Meeks scored 24 and Kendall Marshall added 18 points and six
assists for Los Angeles, which has lost eight of nine. Pau Gasol
collected 15 points and 13 rebounds and Wesley Johnson scored 17 as
the injury-riddled Lakers dropped to 6-11 on the road, where they'll
play nine of their next 10 games.
Carter's 3-pointer in the final seconds of the first quarter put the
Mavericks up 33-31 and they didn't trail again. Carter and Nowitzki
combined for 27 points in the first half as Dallas took a 60-53 lead
into the break.
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The Lakers were within four early in the fourth, but Ellis
heated up during a 10-1 spurt to put it away. Carter alone
outscored the Los Angeles bench, which produced just 16 points
as the Lakers used only eight players.
GAME NOTEBOOK: Lakers leading scorer Nick Young was limited to
two points on 1-of-7 shooting, snapping a string of 20 straight
games in double digits. … Dallas F Shawn Marion took a spill
late in the second quarter and did not return with a bruised
right shoulder. … Calderon and Ellis each had five of the
Mavericks' season-high 17 steals.
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