Showdown is blowout as Lakers handle Mavs

LOS ANGELES - Jordan Farmar led seven players in double figures with 24 points as the Los Angeles Lakers trounced the Western Conference's second-best team in a 131-96 victory over the Dallas Mavericks on Sunday night.

Andrew Bynum had 19 points on 8-of-8 shooting, five rebounds and four assists, Lamar Odom had 15 points and 15 rebounds, Kobe Bryant 15 points and eight assists, Sasha Vujacic and Shannon Brown 11 points each and Derek Fisher 10 for the defending NBA champions, who improved to a league-best 27-6.

For the first time in six games, the Lakers didn’t go down to the wire to win or end up losing. Instead, they asserted their dominance in the West with their largest victory of the season. They shot a season-best 63 percent from the field.

It was the biggest victory in the series between the rivals, topping the Lakers’ 33-point win on Dec. 1, 1993.

Dirk Nowitzki had 22 points and eight rebounds for the Mavs, who never led and shot poorly the entire game. Jason Kidd was scoreless in 27 minutes.

The Lakers barely noticed the loss of Pau Gasol, who left after straining a hamstring seven minutes into the first quarter.