Rapid Reaction: Mavericks 99, Lakers 91
October, 31, 2012
By Tim MacMahon | ESPNDallas.com
How it happened: Asked how the Dallas Mavericks could survive the absence of their only star, coach Rick Carlisle said the Mavericks needed to be a team of go-to guys.
That looks like a pretty smart solution after the Mavs’ shockingly convincing win over the Los Angeles Lakers, a loaded team considered by many to be the Western Conference favorites.
All nine Mavericks who played double-digit minutes scored at least seven points. Six scored in double figures: Darren Collison (17 points), Brandan Wright (14), O.J. Mayo (12), Rodrigue Beaubois (11), Shawn Marion (11) and Vince Carter (11).
The undersized Mavs, missing two 7-foot starters, managed to be respectable in the rebounding department and prevented the Lakers’ All-Star frontcourt duo from dominating in the paint. Dwight Howard and Pau Gasol combined for 42 points, a respectable total but one the Mavs could live with considering Wright made his first start at center and Eddy Curry played significant minutes less than a week after being claimed off of waivers.
The out-of-sync Lakers’ shooting woes certainly helped the Mavs’ cause. L.A. was 3-of-13 from 3-point range and 12-of-31 from the line.
Dirk Nowitzki watching from his couch in Dallas and Chris Kaman wearing a suit while sitting next to Mark Cuban behind the bench. This was an awfully impressive opener for a Mavs team that entered the season with the lowest external expectations in a dozen years.
Play of the game: After catching the ball on the left wing, Marion blew by Antawn Jamison with a baseline drive and dunked over Jordan Hill despite a foul. The and-1 slam answered a Jamison three-point play that opened fourth-quarter scoring and quieted a Staples Center crowd searching for a reason to get fired up.
Stat of the night: Collison surpassed Mavs point guard predecessor Jason Kidd’s 2011-12 season-high scoring total (15 points) at the 6:31 mark of the third quarter.