Kobe Bryant went from having a slow night because of a sore back to nailing the game-winning jumper with 28 seconds left, lifting the Los Angeles Lakers to a 100-95 victory over the Dallas Mavericks on Wednesday night in a matchup of the top two teams in the Western Conference.
Dallas' Dirk Nowitzki became the 34th player in NBA history to
score 20,000 points when he hit a 14-foot jumper early in the
fourth quarter. He scored 15 of his 30 points in the quarter,
including a tough 3-pointer that tied it at 95 with 42.5 seconds
left. He also grabbed a season-high 16 rebounds.
Bryant played only nine minutes in the first half. He scored
eight points in the third quarter, but made only 1 of 4 shots in
the final period - the one that counted the most, a 20-footer over
Josh Howard with 28 seconds left to make it 97-95.