Dirk delivers as Mavs edge Lakers
(The Sports Xchange) - For three quarters, Dirk Nowitzki was a non-factor. In the final period, though, Nowitzki was the difference in the outcome.
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 2:31 remaining. Continued...