Dirk Nowitzki leads Mavericks back into win column versus the Lakers

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Dirk Nowitzki scored a game-high 27 points, Monta Ellis scored 10 of his 16 in the final quarter and the Dallas Mavericks defeated the Los Angeles Lakers 110-97 on Jan. 7 to snap a four-game home losing streak.

Dallas scored a season-low 35 points in the first half, on way to a 92-80 home defeat to the New York Knicks on Jan. 5. On Jan. 4, the Mavericks were outscored 16-2 to end the game and lost a 13-point lead in a 119-112 home loss to the Los Angeles Clippers.

Following the Clippers loss, Nowitzki showed his frustration and called out the team, stating that “the Mavs weren’t a playoff team.”

More of his frustrations were seen against the Knicks, yelling and screaming at the team during timeouts to try and give them a spark, which obviously didn’t work.

The Mavs got back on track against the Lakers, scoring 33 in the first quarter and led 60-53 at halftime.

Nowitzki finished 12-of-20 from the field with seven rebounds and four assists, but the big star of the second half was Ellis.

Ellis, who also had nine assists, was 2-of-11 shooting before his five baskets in a row stretched the Dallas lead from eight to 13 with 5:44 left. He then had assists on the next two Mavericks baskets. Ellis began the game 0-of-6 before making his first field goal.

Vince Carter added 19 points on 7-of-12 shooting off the bench. Carter came into the game scoring 21 in the previous two games combine, and 13-of-42 shooting in the previous four.

Dallas completely dominated inside the paint, outscoring LA 58-32. The Mavs also forced 19 turnovers, 17 of which were steals.

It was the most steals the Mavericks had since 2005 when they had 18 in a loss to the Suns. It’s the most in a Mavs win since 1994 when they had 19 against Washington.

Ellis and Jose Calderon each had five steals, both season-highs.

The 27 points were the most for Nowitzki since scoring 31 in Houston on Dec. 23.

The Mavs will be without Shawn Marion for at least a game after the forward tripped over Nowitzki’s leg and fell hard on his right shoulder. X-rays were negative, showing that Marion suffered a contusion.

Dallas hasn’t lost three in a row all season long.

The Mavs will use this as added momentum going into their game versus the Spurs on ESPN on Jan. 8. Dallas will finish the week up with a home-and-home with the New Orleans Pelicans.