Mavericks Blast Lakers Anew, Take 2-0 Lead
There is trouble in Hollywood.
The Dallas Mavericks pulled off another sensational fourth quarter to stun the two-time defending champions Los Angeles Lakers at home for the second-straight game in their Western Conference semifinals series with a 93-81 victory on Wednesday night.
Dirk Nowitzki scored 24 points for the Mavericks, who limited the Lakers to 32 points in the second half en route to the lopsided win that had the partisan crowd at the Staples Center booing the home team towards the end. Kobe Bryant had 23 points but went cold in the fourth quarter, his only basket—a three-pointer—coming with less than three minutes left in the game and the Mavericks comfortably ahead by 11, 87-76. The Lakers trailed by only six at the start of the final period despite scoring a measly 13 in the third, but a 9-0 run by the Mavericks put the defending champions away for good.
The Lakers must now travel to Dallas facing a 0-2 deficit for the first time since they lost the 2008 NBA Finals to the Boston Celtics. The Lakers won the last time they visited the American Airlines Center, but the Mavericks, who had a 29-12 home record in the regular season, have not lost in their home turf in three postseason games this year, so far.