DALLAS - Before meeting the Los Angeles Lakers on Wednesday, Mavericks president Donnie Nelson said his team had pretty much arrived at a make-or-break situation.
“This is a foxhole moment, a character-building opportunity,” he said. “You stick together and fight through it and find a way. It starts with your first win and you build a little confidence. That’s how you get out of these things.”
After two weeks of proving they could lose together, the Mavericks showed with authority that they still know how to win together, taking apart the Lakers in the second half for a 109-100 victory.
The Mavericks’ six-game losing streak, longest in a dozen years, is over.
The skid-buster came in their first meeting of the season against the Lakers, who led by eight points early in the third quarter. But the Mavericks went on a 28-7 blitz that was fueled by Jason Kidd and Shawn Marion and put them ahead, 82-71, and the Lakers never got closer than seven points the rest of the way.
When L.A. closed to 99-91, Marion took a gorgeous feed from Kidd for a layup and Dirk Nowitzki converted a three-point play on a drive to the rim for a 104-91 lead with three minutes to go.
The Mavericks got 21 points and 10 assists from Kidd, who shot 8-for-12 from the field after going 1-for-14 over his previous two games. Marion had 22 points off the bench, as did Jason Terry.
Pau Gasol scored 23 points as the Lakers lost for only the second time in their last 10 games. Kobe Bryant had 21 points and 10 assists, and Lamar Odom had 20 points and 10 rebounds.
Sorry, no deal: The megadeal to send Carmelo Anthony to the New Jersey Nets is dead. Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov told the team to end trade talks with the Denver Nuggets on Wednesday, saying he was unhappy with how it played out in public, that it took too long, got too expensive and cost the team games. The Russian billionaire also canceled a planned meeting with Anthony today and said there was no chance that the trade would be resurrected. Previously, New Jersey had offered to ship six players and at least two first-round draft picks to Denver in a three-team deal that would have sent Anthony to the Nets along with former Pistons teammates Chauncey Billups and Richard Hamilton. “Really I am not happy with the way this deal has gone until now,” Prokhorov said. “It has taken too long ”
Fastbreaks: Cleveland starting guard Mo Williams, who has already missed seven games, will miss several weeks with a lingering hip injury. The Portland Trail Blazers say center Marcus Camby will need surgery on his left knee to repair a partially torn meniscus, suffered in Monday’s win over Minnesota.