DALLAS -- In a game that was over shortly after it started, the Los Angeles Lakers blew out the Dallas Mavericks, 115-89, Saturday night at American Airlines Center.
Both team left this blowout with 7-7 records.
The Mavs did lead in this game, 4-3. After that the Lakers ran out on a 19-6 scoring spree to go up 22-10 with 4:56 left in the first period.
Dallas cut the deficit to 24-15. But the Lakers went up by two shortly thereafter and their lead stayed in double figures the rest of the game.
Metta World Peace tallied 16 points in the first period for the Lakers, including his team's first 10 points. LA led 36-23 after the first period and 65-38 at the half.
The 65 points are the most the Mavs have allowed in any half this season.
Vince Carter paced the Mavs with 16 points, Jae Crowder scored 15, OJ Mayo tallied 13 points, and Shawn Marion added 10 points and eight rebounds.
Antawn Jamison, Kobe Bryant and Metta World Peace led the Lakers with 19 points apiece, Dwight Howard scored 15, Pau Gasol had 13 and Jodie Meeks added 11 points.
The Lakers were one of 13 teams who entered Saturday night's play with a losing record. But the Lakers looked like worldbeaters Saturday as they avenged their opening-day 99-91 home loss to the Mavs.
-- Dwain Price
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