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News » Aggressive Mavs dig deep hole, bury Lakers

Aggressive Mavs dig deep hole, bury Lakers

Aggressive Mavs dig deep hole, bury Lakers LOS ANGELES - The Mavericks were right back in familiar territory, right there at the scene of the ugliest crime in franchise history.

On Dec. 6, 2002, they were 30 points ahead of the Los Angeles Lakers, and 27 up going into the fourth quarter.

The ensuing crater was the biggest lead the Mavericks have ever lost.

On Friday night, they pulled into the fourth quarter ahead, 78-60, and had the Lakers a few scoops of dirt away from being buried.

This time, there was no collapse.

The Mavericks persevered through some tense moments in the fourth quarter and hung on for an uplifting 94-80 triumph over the defending champions at Staples Center. The Mavericks evicted the sour taste left from their season-opening loss and handed the Lakers their first loss.

The Mavericks tore out to as much as a 22-point lead in the third quarter, when they held the Lakers to 31.6 percent shooting and forced six turnovers.

Dirk Nowitzki had nine points in the quarter, and Erick Dampier controlled the paint with seven rebounds in the period.

After that, it became a matter of survival. The Lakers made their predictable run, closing within 80-68 with under eight minutes left.

But Jason Kidd orchestrated two consecutive nice feeds to Shawn Marion, who laid the first one in and dunked the second, putting the Mavericks up 16 with 6:40 to go.

After that, Marion took over with a couple of buckets as the Mavericks started to pick apart the LA defense that had resorted to gambling and losing, for the most part.

By then, the beautiful people began heading for the exits.

Nowitzki led a balanced attack with 21 points. Marion finished with 18 and Jason Terry had 16.

For their efforts, they get to come back to Staples Center tonight against the Clippers.

The Mavericks did exactly what they wanted in the first half, which was put the Lakers on their heels and serve notice - maybe to themselves - that the team that looked silly in the opener Tuesday isn't the real Mavericks .

They reached halftime with a 52-45 lead and did so with Nowitzki making one of six shots.

Still simmering: The fun between Mark Cuban and Ron Artest will not stop.

Before Friday's game, Cuban, who has speculated that Artest could be bad for the Lakers' chemistry, said he was amused when Artest said that Cuban has to say those sorts of things to keep fans interested, among other things.

"He's probably mad because I heard he went out with Khloe before L.O. did."

That would be Lamar Odom, who is married to Khloe Kardashian.

That quote should be enough to keep the situation properly stirred.

Cuban was asked if he could see a risk-reward situation where he would take a chance on somebody like Artest. He said he already has.

"We got Shawne Williams and took a chance on him," Cuban said. "It didn't work out and we put him out to pasture."

Cuban added that he'd be happy to get Artest a job - "as a manager of a Dairy Queen."

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