The Dallas Mavericks picked up the victory due in large part to their efficiency handling the basketball, accumulating 32 assists and turning it over only 12 times, to defeat the Los Angeles Lakers, 110-97. Dallas (20-15) picked up the win after falling to the New York Knicks on Sunday.
Dirk Nowitzki had another strong game, scoring 27 points on 12-20 shooting. Other top performers for Dallas were Vince Carter with 19 points and 5 rebounds, Monta Ellis with 16 points and 9 assists, and DeJuan Blair with 15 points and 9 rebounds. On 6-16 shooting (4-11 on 3-point attempts), in addition to going 8-9 from the free throw line, Jodie Meeks put up 24 points for Los Angeles in the loss. Kendall Marshall chipped in 18 points and 6 assists and Pau Gasol finished with 15 points and 13 rebounds.
After putting up a sparkling assist-to-turnover ratio of 2.67, the Mavericks are 6-2 on the season when eclipsing 2.50 in this category. However, the Lakers are 1-6 when allowing their opponents to achieve such a lofty ratio.
This drops Los Angeles (14-21) to 0-2 against Dallas on the year.
Coming up next, the Mavericks take on the San Antonio Spurs, who are 27-8 on the year. The Lakers go up against the Houston Rockets, currently 22-13 this season. The Mavericks have a 0-1 record against San Antonio this season. The Lakers are 1-0 versus Houston this season.