allas.jpgESPN: Kobe Bryant scored 29 points and Vladimir Radmanovic scored 10 of his season-high 21 in the final quarter, giving the Los Angeles Lakers just enough to hold off the Dallas Mavericks, 102-100, Tuesday night.

The Lakers led by 25 points midway through the third quarter, but were up only 101-100 with 4.8 seconds left. Derek Fisher made one of two foul shots after that, then Dirk Nowitzki had a chance to win it for Dallas but missed a 3-pointer as time expired.

Nowitzki had 35 points, 11 rebounds and a season-high five blocks, but the Mavericks’ five-game winning streak was snapped. Dallas fell to 0-6 against teams with winning records since adding Jason Kidd.

The win moved Los Angeles a half-game behind Houston for the top spot in the Western Conference, pending the Rockets’ game against the Celtics. The Lakers were guaranteed of at least being a half-game ahead of idle New Orleans.

Playing their second straight game without injured Pau Gasol, the Lakers went up 76-51 with 5:44 left in the third on an acrobatic bank shot by Bryant. Dallas called a quick timeout, then failed to get off a shot before the buzzer. Disgruntled fans already had been booing and there were even some MVP chants for Bryant.

But the Mavericks snapped out of it, closing the quarter on a 14-1 run. A 9-2 spurt to open the fourth quarter got them within five. With 41 seconds left, Nowitzki hit a second straight 3-pointer to get Dallas within 98-97.

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  • ryguy2303

    A little D can go a long way. haha

  • mena

    God was doing everything he can to Give us a Lose, but we worked threw it and came out with a Win and r back in FIRST!

  • http://thelakersnation.com Ed

    The Lakers did not allow the Mavs back in it, the MOTHER FUCk in’ Refs did. They shot 20 fuc king freethrows in the third quarter. Fu ck the refs.

  • Luke the Fluke Makes Me Puke

    3 reasons why the Dallas Mavericks came back and nearly won:
    1. Kobe sitting on the bench last minutes of the 3rd quarter.
    2. Luke the Puke on the floor (useless, slo-mo ugly turn-around post shots that end up being blocked, stolen, or a brick, can’t defend, can’t jump)
    3. Lame-O trying to lead the offense when Kobe is on the bench with dumb shot selections, and terrible defense (6’10” and he nearly always just stands there with his arms up…why don’t u freakin jump to contest shots?!? Dallas 3-pt barrage in 4th quarter all against Lame-O.

  • Devean George

    I was the one who sparked the team!! did you see my dunk! I should be in the MVP talks!!!

    LA FINALLY defended the point guards!!! Good job FISH and FARMAR!!

    Lamar played well for all the haters!! he caused Dirk to fumble at the end!!!!!!!

  • MILO

    It was Valdy whom won this game for us! he’s the player of the game, he came thru when the Lakers lost all momentum and looked as if they were ready to concede the game to the Mav’s…

  • dcb2069

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    uh, your so called lame-o was also one of the big reasons why we won. read a freakin box score sometime.

  • mfoznot

    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
    True That!!

  • mfoznot

    With Gasol and Bynum healthy the Lakers would kill the Mavs and the Rockets!

  • BEC

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    Read a freaking box score? Why dont you watch the freaking game? I dont think lamars a “lame-o”, but that three minute stretch when kobe was out, in the third, he didnt do much, the guy has a point there. It was his job to lead that group and he failed terribly. A lot of things dont show up in the box score. Lamar did do a good job on the boards, but other than that he didnt really have a good game. 5-15 from the field not good, and letting dirk go for 35 on 11-23 shooting wasnt good either.

  • BigThree2k8

    YEAH YOU’RE WELCOME NATION!!! STOPPED THE SO CALLED HOTTEST TEAM IN THE NBA AND IN CONVINCING FASHION!!! NOTHING LIKE A 20PT BEAT DOWN IN THEIR OWN BUILDING!!! COMING BACK FROM 22 DOWN TO WIN IN SA THE NIGHT BEFORE, AND THEN GIVING UP ONLY 74 IN THE 2ND OF A B2B!!! ALL WITHOUT RAY ALLEN I MIGHT ADD. YEAH LEON POWE, 10TH IN THE ROTATION, COMES OFF THE BENCH TO DROP 21 IN ONLY 20 MIN!!! MAYBE EVERYONE’S GOING TO FINALLY ADMIT WE ARE MORE THAN THE BIG 3!!! 12 DEEP!!! YOU GUYS SHOULD TAKE NOTE, CONSISTANT BENCH PLAY & TEAM DEFENSE WINS CHAMPIONSHIPS!!! LEN, REGGIE, DJ, & RED HERE COMES #17!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • kobe-wan kenobi

    BIG 3
    calm down baby…ur team is old…for sure is best team right now
    let’s see if you are going to play with the same energy in playoffs
    or maybe have some important injury like lakers had the whole year…

    and whoever disses LO
    yes he shoot bad and his defense was not great for the whole game, but he defended well dork for a while and was a monster presence as rebounder
    if you still expect him to lead the team in any way, u guys are morons!
    4 years should teach something he is an amazing 3rd option! and i am saying amazing cause he is a beast in rebounds, a good defender (not all the times) good passer… and does not expect the ball in his hands… no player could fit better w kobe as 3rd option

  • Jack

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    Man do you guys don’t have any cool page like this for Celtics, or what? Why do you keep coming here?

    It was a niiiiice win. I must say the failed comeback did make me almost cry though. It was loooud in the building. First it was the lakers fans. We were everywhere chanting MVP. Then the mavs audience, which of course is the majority got into the game and us Lakers fans chants weren’t loud enough. But we were the ones with happy faces outside in the rain, so it’s all good.

    Now its Utah guys.

    The light at the end of the tunnel is getting near man. First, Gasol, Mihm, Bynum and Ariza…… o-ho what a team will we have??????

  • dcb2069

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    i did watch the game. i saw get some nice rebounds and put backs when we desperately needed it. i also saw him sink two free throws when fish and sasha got one of two. my reference to the box score was his rebounds and his charity stripe numbers.

    my point is that its not fair to blame lamar. we took out our best player when they began their shooting rampage. other than kobe and vlad, its not like anyone else was lighting it up. i agree that his job was to lead that offense when kobe sat out and that he do all that well, but its not like luke in the post wasnt exactly a pretty sight. dallas didn’t stop surging once kobe came back in–they were still making their push in the fourth.

    i suppose where we disagree with what kinda game he had. he didn’t shoot well, thats true. and yes, dirk did light him up. but im not sure what else youd expect when you put someone on an island with dirk. and in lamar’s defense, he did play great D on the last possession. i just don’t think that his contributions should be trivialized as much as the original poster seemed to suggest.

    it was an ugly win. i know we went up 25, but we also let them back in, which to me far outweighs that lead we built.

  • hibachi

    man! isnt this site was called get garnett in the first place? hahahah… sup?! laker land man we should trade places coz your team is better going to the east rather in staying in the west… and let me hear you say that all the best teams are in the west! cmon! say it but wait just yet..coz you guys sucks! man if it wasnt for gasol you should scrapping the bottom with minny hahaha… texas triangle what triangle?! the celtics beat everyone in the west.
    2-0 against your 2007 champs spurs
    2-0 against your lousy team the lakers
    2-0 against the 22 win ride rockets
    the mavs are next and the hornets

    bring back in Crynum and Gasol, ariza Im craving for a celtics and lakers finals!!!

    i can’t wait to see kobe crying with bynum once the celtics holding the larry O’Brien trophy!!!

    Ps. Pls. pls PPppppllleeeeaaasssseeee… play some defense… hahahaha…

    regards from beantown!!!

  • Luke Makes Me Puck

    I completely agree with Luke the Fluke above.

    What was Luke doing in there for so long as we were unraveling? Time after time he attempted his pathetic back to the basket, bump the defender and then fall away move only to get the ball raked away or badly blown. What a ridiculous exhibition. And his outside shot is horrible – not even CLOSE! Each game he’s good for a few airballs or shots that hit off the outside of the rim – unacceptable! Thank God Phil finally woke up and yanked him and put in Vlad or that game was history. Five more years with this no talent – no jump plodder? This guy has got to go or sit him down next to Karl!

    And Lamar – for every good play he makes he still makes a dumb play. Blown layups, awkward drives leaning right into the defender and getting all tangled up. And his “lockdown D”? How many times did he leave Dirk WIDE open?

    Lamar is a good #4 option – keep him for passing, rebounding and cleaning up missed shots but please NO OUTSIDE SHOOTING!

    Also what is up with Fisher? His shot has all bet disappeared. When he gets in the paint he blows one shot after another. Not a pretty sight!

  • Mr. Juan / Your Warlock

    Man, The Mavericks comeback was completely fueled by the zebras…That was F U C K I N G OUTRAGES!…These particular refs should be reprimanded by the way they called the entire 2nd half…Unless the league front office is in on this too…That was blatant, Man!

  • Mr. Juan / Your Warlock

    Hey LakerNation, Do the Lakers a favor and somebody get on and tell Lamar to jump when he contests an opponents’ shot…All he does is raise his arms, while standing flat-footed. I know everyone knows this, but apparently Lamar does not…He must think this is adequate and appropriate defense…Tell em to study and take a page out of the Rockets’ Battier style of contesting shots…He needs to JUMP while contesting any & all shots, all of the time…If he consistently refuses to do this, the opponent will just rise above his extended arms with no concern about getting his shot blocked, and therefore, takes the shot with an enormous amount poise and confidence…The shooter has to be concerned about getting his shot blocked or changed, or else its like shooting a free-throw…DAMN, WHY CAN’T HE GET IT!…FREAKIN-UNBELIEVABLE!

  • 187 ON BOSTON

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    love the name dog, just seeing the word luke is making me sick

  • 187 ON BOSTON

    fuk man i cant we let these tards back in it, but fuk it a “w” is a “w” ,and we got it.

  • domz

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    OH OH OH!!! Here comes the Fu*ckin Celtics fans again..Yeah Jack is correct..why dont we make a special section in this nation wherein the CelDICKs fu*cking funny fans could post there ultra mega senseless comments that praises their overrated and D-minded team..Fack u asshowles..Celtics have the easiest schedule in the NBA (and the celts is in the east,which means they have more games against the lousy east teams, and dont mention our 9 losses against the east teams because the lakers are not that challenge against those lousy teams and we didnt have Gasol the pauer in our team when we faced ur fu*cking team) this season because Old David Stern just suck ur balls..So come on,give us more senseless trash talks against our beloved team..You are free to do so since the celtics have no fans site like this one..the lakers nation is strong and united unlike the redsarmy.com (what a blog site?a very uninteresting site)..
    all i can say about ur team is that you’ll be defeated by the false MVP LBJ (LeBlow Job)..or perhaps the Magic will destroy u either..and no celtics-lakers will happen in the finals..Dont even show ur wins against the Western teams, we all know that..But have you beaten Phoenix?HAHA NO!!and the lakers just beat them with 3-1 and the only loss is when bynum is absent and gasol is not yet in the Pack..i dont know if im making much sense here..But i am really sick of your trash talking and i am ready for the nation to defend it…As a bottom line, LAKERS is the best team in the NBA for the coming 5 years..and your oldies team will die soon…….hahahahaha..

    Lakers Nation, dont forget to send positive vibes in the Utah game and 4surem we’ll beat the jazz…Go Lakers..Beat Utah..

    For all the Pinoys here, have a solemn holy week…

  • hibachi

    Celtics Defense is why they’re the best team in basketball, it’s why they’re the ones who ended the streak, and it’s why you shouldn’t be surprised if they’re the ones holding the Larry O’Brien trophy come June…. booyah baby!!!

  • n9

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    How sad, hibachi doesn’t know anything about basket ball. The sorry Celtics will get smoked by the Lakers if we play them in the playoffs. The Celtics haven’t played us full strength yet, and bandwagon hibachi is getting all horny cause his team beat when we were under maned. Kick back hibachi, your teams not going to win, even though Kevin Mchale made the worst trade ever to help your team out. How sad, you can’t even win it even when you cheat.

  • Short Diezel

    THIS WAS OBVIOUSLY A GREAT WIN FOR THE LAKERS, ESPECIALLY FOR THE STANDINGS BUT IT WAS NOT IMPRESSIVE…

    TO BE UP BY 25 POINTS IN THE 3rd QUARTER, AND TO HAVE IT COME DOWN TO A LAST MINUTE SHOT? THIS COULD HAVE BEEN A BACK BREAKER FOR THE LAKERS, BUT I PRAISE THEM FOR GUTTING IT OUT..

    A COUPLE OF THINGS I NOTICED:

    1. RADMON CAME UP HUGE TONIGHT.. THAT IS WHAT IT IS GOING TO TAKE TO WIN CONSISTENTLY.. AN ALL AROUND EFFORT FROM THE WHOLE TEAM, ESPECIALLY ON THE DEFENSIVE END… BUT OFFENSIVELY, SOMEONE BESIDES KOBE NEEDS TO STEP UP AND CONTRIBUTE SO YOU CAN SPREAD THE FLOOR.

    2. JORDAN FARMAR SEEMS TO BE UNSURE OF HIMSELF LATELY.. HE SEEMED VERY HESITANT WITH THE BASKETBALL LAST NIGHT WHICH CAUSED UNNECESSARY TURNOVERS

    3. LAMAR HAS BEEN PLAYING GREAT DEFENSE AND IS CRASHING THE BOARDS.. A KEY TO THE LAKERS SUCCESS

    4. THE LAKERS NEED TO BE MORE AGGRESSIVE AND DRIVE TO THE BASKET.. IT SEEMS WE ARE SETTLING FOR OUTSIDE SHOTS TOO MUCH, ESPECIALLY KOBE.. IF WE DRIVE TO THE BASKET WE USUALLY GET A FOUL, GET A CLOSER PERCENTAGE SHOT, OR DISRUPT THEIR DEFENSE FOR AN OPEN SHOT

    ALL AROUND.. BESIDES ALMOST HAVING A HEART ATTACK.. THE LAKERS PROVED THAT THEY ARE A FORCE TO BE RECKONED WITH.

  • hibachi

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    man! you’re team is probably out in the first round anyways of the playoffs! hahaha plus check your spelling first basketball is jot like this not like the one that you did with a space in the middle..hahahaha man! you’re a remidial a slang word for a retard..=D like i said go back to school and learn everything that you need… ok!
    chillout its just basketball…
    Oh?! btw we beat the spurs down by 22 and houston without ray allen so basically were not at full strength also… you guys cant even beat the rockets and play some freakin Defense ok is that too much to ask for…hahaha

    Así que antes de cualquier tipo de palabra, asegúrese de comprobar que la derecha ok idiota!!!

  • daboss1848

    It’s a good thing for the Mavs that the Lakers have PJ – who successfully let them climb all the way back!!!

    It’s a good thing for the Lakers that the Mavs have Kidd – who is an absolute detriment in their half court offense. (Devin Harris plays we get kiled: thank you Cuban for getting rid of our Achilles heel – the quick scoring guard)

  • Jack

    Look Bean town, let me put it this way: If the Lakers were in the East, we will have the same record as you guys, or may be even better. Remember, you haven’t beat the Lakers with Pau, Rockets with Yao, the suns.

    The east sucks man. Atlanta and Phili, and Nets are fighting for playoffs. Jezz.. If the western teams have them in the schedule, we expect a blowout.

    The only team I respect in the east is Detroit. They have always been able to make noise there. Boston’s like Real Madrid bringing all the good players in the team. But guess what Manchester United ends up winning most of the time. eheh. … that’s right… the Lakers are Man U in this case.

  • DCLAKER

    HOW THE F#&@ DID SOME STANK A!@ CELTICS FANS GET ON HERE,THIS IS LAKERNATION,B!@$%ES! Y’ALL NEED TO BE WORRIED ABOUT GETTING THROUGH THE PLAYOFFS AND STOP WORRYIN’ABOUT THE LAKERS. SO UNLESS YOUR READY TO SWITCH TEAMS,STAY THE F@#& OFF OF LAKERNATION!!!

  • BigThree2k8

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    What are you talking about not having played you at full strength yet??? Both times we met you guys had no injuries. We however we’re without Rondo in the Staples Center 19PT BEATDOWN!!! NOT TO MENTION COMING IN ON THE 2ND OF A B2B THE NIGHT BEFORE (A WIN IN UTAH, 1 OF ONLY 3 TEAMS TO DO SO I MIGHT ADD). Believe me Gas-HOLE will make absolutely no difference IF you have the PRIVILEGE to meet us in the Finals. He doesn’t address your BIGGEST WEAKNESS…..DEFENSE!!!
    You guys still give up over 100pts/game even with Pau in the lineup. PATHETIC!!! AND please don’t even talk about Little Andrew coming back. IF, and that’s a BIG IF, he does come back 4 the PO he’s going to be so out of shape and too scared of reinjury to make any meaningful contributions. N’way it’s not too hard to rattle AB as we essentially made him ineffective by sitting his soft a$$ on the bench in foul trouble not ONCE BUT TWICE!!! However your BIGGEST obstacle is the fact you will have to go through 3 hard fought series to make it to the Finals. We only have to worry about Detroit and I’m confident with the Home Court Advantage we will take them in 6. You guys will be so tired IF you make the Finals I’m predicting we take it 4-1. Don’t worry though we’ll be merciful enough not to embarrass you by ending it on your home court. It’s only fitting the closing game be in the GAH-DEN!!! JUST FACE IT BLOWBENATION THE C’S ARE RAISING UP #17 THIS YEAR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • daboss1848

    WOW, over 20 years of pent up frustration all coming out . . . good, very good, enjoy your cathartic release.

    After this year, the frustration will begin anew as the tooth will get even longer in Beantown, while Lala land is poised to reign supreme again for multiple years – as opposed to the one and done of the Detroits, Miamis and Bostons.

    So go ahead and use up your angry words and your misguided and misdirected hostility to release your frustration in a Lakers forum. We are to help!!

  • Short Diezel

    CELTIC “FANS”

    WHERE WERE YOU WHEN THE CELTICS WERE LOSING? I DIDN’T HEAR YOU TALKING TRASH UNTIL THIS SEASON.. NOW THAT YOU FINALLY GOT SOME TALENT, YOU TALK BIG GAME… HAHAHA

    THAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN LAKER FANS AND CELTIC “FANS”.. WE ARE DOWN FOR OUR TEAM NO MATTER WHAT.. PURPLE AND GOLD WILL ALWAYS OUT SHINE YOUR DULL GREEN

    JUST LIKE THE PATRIOTS, THE CELTICS ARE OVERATED AND WILL LOSE.. TOO BAD YOU GAVE UP YOUR FUTURE FOR NOTHING

  • Devean George

    the celtics are sooooooo gay even I would NOT sign with them!!!!

  • hibachi

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    the big difference between the celtic fans and the laker fans. we appreciate play the video when we chanted MVP to kobe in the garden see even being a die hard celtic fan we could say that coz we appreciate… bring the clip up again when you guys booing your own boy kobe at staples man! what a lousy people one thing you should do is stick up with your team thru the good and the bad.. mitch have to beg jerry west just to give up gasol for nothing so you guys and kobe would shut-up hahahah… pathetic!
    about the pats sure they didnt won the super bowl that’s ok because we won it before anyway and having a perfect season 19-0 will always be remembered and the sox won the world series.. what sport do you have except the lakers? nada. zero hahaha… so the difference between you guys and us our patience is off the roof and we do appreciate every team in the nba… except the fakers oh?! my bad i mean the lakers of course…bwhahahaha

    20 yrs of silence?! its fine by me…

  • Short Diezel

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    Hibachi –

    Please proofread your response before you use it as a counter argument. First, you say you appreciate Kobe because of his talent.. Then you say you appreciate every team in the NBA except the “fakers” (that’s the best you can come up with). This is contradictory because Kobe is on the Lakers.. Use your common sense..

    As far as the PATS, the only thing that will be remembered is that you LOST the championhip with a perfect regular season even after you taped opposing team practices.. that’s pathetic..

    oh yeah, and please don’t bring up other sports..Stick with your tea parties Hitachi, and leave sports to Cali.. word

  • Mr. Juan / Your Warlock

    hibachi es un comemierda! Pero BIG tiempo!….HAHAHAHAHAHAAAAA