The veteran forward's baseline jumper with 2.1 seconds remaining
lifted the Dallas Mavericks to a 92-90 victory over the Los Angeles
Lakers at Staples Center.
"I really didn't have a great touch there the entire night," said
Nowitzki, who scored eight of his 13 points in the fourth quarter,
during which he shot 4-for-7.
"They didn't leave me much. When I was open, I didn't really have a
great touch, but down the stretch I had to get going against a
tough-playing, hard-playing team. We were able to get some stops."
Guard J.J. Barea came off the bench to deliver 18 points, and
forward Chandler Parsons scored 17 points and collected nine
rebounds for the Mavericks (26-21).
Nowitzki, who missed six of his first seven shots and was hindered
by foul trouble, added six rebounds.
Dallas defeated the Lakers for the 10th consecutive time.
Guard Jordan Clarkson had 18 points, seven assists and six rebounds
for the Lakers (9-38), who have lost seven in a row. Forward Julius
Randle chipped in 16 points and 11 rebounds, and guard Lou Williams
had 14 points.
Both teams struggled offensively in the fourth, with Dallas holding
a 15-12 edge in points. Lakers point guard D'Angelo Russell's free
throw with 3:34 remaining in the contest tied the score at 88.
Nowitzki's fadeaway gave the Mavericks a two-point advantage with
After guard Deron Williams missed a layup that would have given
Dallas a four-point cushion, Clarkson hit a floater to knot the
score at 90 with 1:36 left.
Lou Williams converted on a drive that would have boosted the Lakers
a two-point lead with 13.5 seconds left, but the bucket was waved
off after official Sean Wright called an offensive foul. That set up
"The play was to get the ball right there. Just wait until the clock
was down and make a move either way," Nowitzki said, describing the
"Obviously, the entire league knows I usually like going left, so
(Randle) was really high side on me. All I had to do was kind of rip
through, take a dribble and shoot. It felt good leaving my hands, so
I'm glad it went in."
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Barea has seen Nowitzki deliver winners many times.
"He lives for those moments. That's why he's still playing," Barea
Randle missed a three-pointer just before the horn that would have
given Los Angeles the win.
"We played hard, we fought," Clarkson said. "I think we had good
looks at the end, they just made a big shot."
Both teams played without key performers. Lakers forward Kobe Bryant
missed the game due to a sore right shoulder. Forward Anthony Brown
started in his place, finishing with three points in 21 minutes.
The Mavericks were without center Zaza Pachulia (sore right leg) and
guard Devin Harris (left toe sprain). Center Salah Mejri got his
second career start in Pachulia's spot, scoring nine points and
grabbing four rebounds in 23 minutes.
The Lakers outscored the Mavericks 33-24 in the second quarter for
58-56 lead at the break. Los Angeles led despite getting outshot
51.3 percent to 45 percent. Dallas committed only one turnover to
four for the Lakers in the first half.
Overall, the Mavericks shot 43.4 percent to 40.5 percent for the
Lakers. Dallas had only six turnovers for the game to 14 for Los
"Our younger guys are really starting to understand what we're
trying to do on a night-to-night basis," Lakers coach Byron Scott
said. "The mistakes were a lot less tonight, especially on
coverages, than they had been. So obviously, we're starting to get
(Editing by Peter Rutherford)
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