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Los Angeles at Dallas

Lakers survive against Mavs

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DALLAS -- Andrew Bynum had a huge smile on his face after he grabbed a rebound of his own miss and got fouled on an attempted putback.

Not long after making both those free throws that put the Los Angeles Lakers ahead to stay, Bynum was running after teammate Derek Fisher to give him a big hug following a 3-pointer.

Bynum had 19 points and 14 rebounds, including several big plays in the final 5½ minutes, as the Lakers hit the halfway point of their season with a 96-91 victory against the defending NBA champion Dallas Mavericks on Wednesday night.

"Andrew was great," coach Mike Brown said.

The free throws by Bynum broke an 82-82 tie with 5:29 left and put the Lakers (20-13) ahead to stay after 13 ties and 10 lead changes.

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After the Mavericks failed to take advantage of a turnover by Kobe Bryant when Jason Terry gave it right back, Bynum was underneath the basket with the ball. But he instead passed it to Fisher in the left corner for a 3-pointer. Bynum was smiling broadly when he chased down and hugged Fisher when Dallas called timeout.

Fisher, whose driving short jumper with 3:41 left ended a 9-0 run and made it 89-82, had given Bynum a pep talk before the game. They were also thinking about the playoffs against Dallas last season.

"We got swept last year, and it was on our minds," Bynum said.

There was also Bynum's alley-oop dunk from Bryant with 1:05 left that stretched the lead to 93-86. The Lakers then held on despite missing six consecutive free throws after that.

Bryant missed two free throws with 37 seconds left. After Dirk Nowitzki's tip-in got Dallas within 93-91, Pau Gasol was fouled and missed both of his free throws with 20 seconds left.

"I'm a little overweight, I'm too young to have a heart attack," Brown said after watching all those misses.

But Matt Barnes grabbed the rebound after Gasol's second miss and was quickly fouled himself. He ended the Lakers' charity-line slump with two free throws.

"That was big," Fisher said. "The way last season ended, this game was big for a lot of us."

Gasol had 24 points for the Lakers, while Bryant and Fisher each had 15. Bryant shot 4 of 15 while being held 14 below his NBA-leading scoring average, and was scoreless until two free throws with 10 seconds left in the first quarter.

Nowitzki had 25 points and 12 rebounds to lead the Mavericks (21-13), who played their final game before the All-Star break after winning seven of their previous eight games. Vince Carter had 20.

"I'm disappointing tonight, I'm not dismayed," coach Rick Carlisle said. "Our effort was there, we just didn't make enough plays at both ends. ... The break's coming at a good time."

The Lakers have one more game before the All-Star break. They play Thursday night at Oklahoma City.

Lamar Odom missed the game for the Mavericks against his former team. Odom was the NBA's Sixth Man of the Year for the Lakers last season and won three NBA championship rings in seven years in Los Angeles.

Carlisle said Odom was excused from the game to attend to a family matter and will rejoin the team after the All-Star break.

The Lakers had their biggest lead when Steve Blake had a steal and passed ahead to Gasol for a running one-handed slam that made it 42-28 with 6:21 left in the first half. That ended 12 consecutive points and a 17-2 Los Angeles run.

"I was aggressive in the beginning. I was able to knock down some shots and make plays," Gasol said. "[This win] shows we're on the same page and we've got a lot of character."

But the Mavericks finished the half with a 20-6 run over the final 5:33 to tie the game at 48-all by the break.

Nowitzki scored the last six Dallas points, two free throws with 1:23 left and then a pair of jumpers in the final 42 seconds. He made a 15-foot floater and after grabbing a long rebound of a miss by Gasol, Nowitzki made a tying jumper.

"It just seemed like we'd get a little momentum and then we had trouble sustaining," Carlisle said. "Tough game, but you've got to give them credit."

Notes

  • All the Mavericks except Nowitzki, who will make his 11th consecutive All-Star appearance, have the next four days off. They play nine games in 12 days, starting with Tuesday's home game against New Jersey.
  • Texas Rangers designated hitter/first baseman Michael Young was shown on the overhead video board before the start of the fourth quarter. Young is a big Lakers fan. Rangers position players don't have to report to training camp in Arizona until Saturday.
  • The Lakers jumped out to a 12-3 lead in the first four minutes, and Carlisle used two timeouts in that span.
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Derek Fisher (15 points) and Andrew Bynum (24 points) embrace a hard-fought win over the defending champion Mavericks.  (AP)
Derek Fisher (15 points) and Andrew Bynum (24 points) embrace a hard-fought win over the defending champion Mavericks. (AP)

Scoreboard
L.A. Lakers (20-13) «2523242496
Dallas (21-13)2127241991
LAL:P. Gasol 24 Pts
LAL:A. Bynum 14 Reb
LAL:S. Blake 5 Ast
DAL:D. Nowitzki 25 Pts
DAL:D. Nowitzki 12 Reb
DAL:S. Marion 5 Ast
Players of the Game
Los AngelesDallas

Andrew Bynum

Dirk Nowitzki
PtsRebsAstPtsRebsAst
1914325122
Los Angeles
P. Gasol, PF3911-182-694224
K. Bryant, SG384-155-954115
A. Bynum, C346-107-8143319
D. Fisher, PG276-81-230015
M. World Peace, SF201-41-28334
M. Barnes, SF283-72-49239
T. Murphy, PF222-50-00024
S. Blake, PG210-40-01500
A. Goudelock, SG102-50-00036
J. Kapono, SGDid Not Play
L. Walton, SFDid Not Play
J. McRoberts, PFDid Not Play
D. Morris, PGDid Not Play
D. Ebanks, SFDid Not Play
Totals 35-7618-3149211796
 46.1%58.1% 
Dallas
S. Marion, PF373-112-29528
D. Nowitzki, PF369-226-8122325
J. Kidd, PG342-60-02425
B. Haywood, C322-60-211254
V. Carter, SG317-173-451320
J. Terry, SG317-160-045116
Y. Jianlian, PF122-30-02114
B. Wright, PF102-20-01124
B. Cardinal, PF71-40-01013
I. Mahinmi, C60-10-03000
D. Jones, SG51-20-00102
L. Odom, PFDid Not Play
D. West, SGDid Not Play
S. Williams, PFDid Not Play
R. Beaubois, PGDid Not Play
Totals 36-9011-1650222091
 40.0%68.8% 
Other Games
NO 89 Final
Cle 84
Bos 104 Final
OKC 119
Sac 115 Final
Wash 107
Det 93 Final
Tor 103
Ind 102 Final
Char 88
Orl 108 Final
NJ 91
Atl 82 Final
NY 99
Mil 91 Final
Chi 110
Phi 87 Final
Hou 93
Utah 98 Final
Min 100
GS 106 Final
Pho 104
Den 95 Final
LAC 103