Los Angeles Lakers vs. Dallas Mavericks: Live Score, Results and Game Highlights
If the NBA season ended today, the Los Angeles Lakers and Dallas Mavericks would be the first two teams on the outside looking in of the playoffs in the Western Conference.
It's game time for the Lake Show and the Mavs. Live updates after the break.
In a battle between the Western Conference's 9th and 10th place teams, the Lake Show proved that there's a reason their ahead of the Mavs, with a 103 to 99 win.
Kobe Bryant was in his legendary form, dropping 38 points on 13-of-21 shooting from the field, while also grabbing 12 rebounds and seven assists.
Kobe's 38 points didn't come easy though. The Mavericks pushed him to his limits, where he politely proved that he actually has none.
A number of times, the Mavs watched as Kobe drained 28-30 foot three balls, putting the Lakers on his back and carrying them to a massive win.
Dirk Nowitzki did all that he could, adding 30 points and 13 rebounds on 11-of-19 shooting from the field. He clearly saved his best of the season for Kobe, but it just wasn't enough.
Steve Nash finally looked like the player Lakers' fans thought he'd be, adding 20 points on 7-of-12 shooting from the field and 4-of-5 shooting from beyond the arc.
The Houston Rockets and Utah Jazz need to keep looking behind them because the Lakers, and even the Mavericks, are looking like they're ready to make a push at those final two playoff spots in the West.
Here's a picture that sums up the defensive efforts for the Mavericks today against the Black Mamba.
What a game. Kobe finishes the game 5-of-5 shooting in the fourth quarter to lead the Lake Show to a HUGE win.
Lakers 103, Mavericks 99—end of regulation
For the first time all year, the Lakers decided to play some defense.
Couldn't have come at a better time. Kobe sinks one of two free throws to seal this one.
Lakers 103, Mavericks 99—3.9 remaining in the 4th quarter
Solid, solid defense by Metta World peace on that one. Just a better shot by a better player in Dirk.
Lakers 102, Mavericks 99—16.9 remaining in the 4th quarter
Good time for MWP to get his first point of the afternoon. Unfortunately he missed the front end of those free throws.
That's exactly what the Mavericks needed, a three-point play by their WMD, Dirk. Too bad he couldn't hit the free throw.
Lakers 99, Mavericks 97—48.8 remaining in the 4th quarter
Not the guy the Mavericks had envisioned taking big-time shots I'm sure.
You know what they say: you can never rely too much on Mike James at the end of a game.— Mike Prada (@MikePradaSBN) February 24, 2013
Everyone's got ice in their veins this afternoon. First it's Kobe Bryant (obviously), then O.J. Mayo, and then Steve Nash. All draining big shots to keep this one close.
Lakers 99, Mavericks 94—1:44 remaining in the 4th quarter
Kobe Bryant—35 points
Steve Nash—20 points
Dirk Nowitzki—26 points
Vince Carter—15 points
Elton Brand—14 points
Beautiful jumper by Vince Carter to keep the Mavericks in this one.
Lakers 96, Mavericks 95—2:15 remaining in the 4th quarter
This one is absolutely out of control. Everyone and their mothers are scoring.
Not surprising, Jodie Meeks misses a three ball in the corner. He just can't hit that "big shot."
Lakers 92, Mavericks 90—3:05 remaining in the 4th quarter
Kobe to the line for two, after Nash drops the free throw coming off O.J. Mayo's technical.
The scoring has slowed down with Dirk no the bench, but with four minutes left he's coming back into the game. Expect him to touch the ball every Dallas possession.
Lakers 91, Mavericks 90—4:01 remaining in the 4th quarter
Two big free throws for Howard to tie things up, impressive shooting from the charity stripe for D12.
Lakers 90, Mavericks 90—4:39 remaining in the 4th quarter
Second traveling violation on Kobe this afternoon. Come on Black Mamba, you're better than that.
MWP's physical D paid off there for the Lakers ... Dirk frustrated enough to draw a T, which Nash hit. LAL down 90-88 after Nash missed a 3.— Mike Trudell (@LakersReporter) February 24, 2013
It's almost like NBA players forget that we're all humans and make mistakes ... Technical foul on Dirk for yelling at the ref for absolutely blowing a call.
Mavericks 90, Lakers 88—5:09 remaining in the 4th quarter, with Howard headed to the line for two shots.
Kobe's 8-straight points is making the Lakers' bench go NUTS.
Lakers just can't get a stop right now and it's killing them. Mavs leading 90-87 with 6:26 left.— Lakers Nation (@LakersNation) February 24, 2013
Kobe is going absolutely INSANE, and the Mavericks are sticking right with them.
Scoring is out of control right now.
Mavericks 88, Lakers 87—6:46 remaining in the 4th quarter
Unreal Kobe, absolutely unreal.
Drains a 30-foot jumper to put the Lakers back on top. You have to guard him everywhere.
Lakers 83, Mavericks 82—8:45 remaining in the 4th quarter
Back in at the 9:06 mark of the 4th after LAL gave up a 7-1 run are both Nash (24 min) & Kobe (29).— Mike Trudell (@LakersReporter) February 24, 2013
It's time to bring that Black Mamba guy off the bench for the Lakers.
Mavericks 82, Lakers 80—9:06 remaining in the 4th quarter
Dirk Nowitzki has a double-double for the 1st time this season.— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) February 24, 2013
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