ESPN: 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.