Los Angeles — Dirk Nowitzki scored 24 points, Shawn Marion added 14 and the Dallas Mavericks stunned the erratic Los Angeles Lakers 93-81 in Game 2 on Wednesday night, taking a 2-0 second-round lead over the two-time defending champions with consecutive road wins.
Jason Kidd scored 10 points for the Mavericks, who pushed the
Lakers halfway to playoff elimination with Nowitzki's stellar
shooting, another steady defensive performance, and a decisive 9-0
Kobe Bryant scored 23 points for the Lakers, who hadn't lost the
first two games of a playoff series since the 2008 NBA finals -
also the last series they lost. Only three NBA teams have come back
to win a best-of-seven series after losing the first two at home.
Game 3 is Friday night in Dallas.