NBA: Lakers' fast start turns into rout of Mavericks

2012-11-25T00:00:00Z NBA: Lakers' fast start turns into rout of MavericksThe Associated Press The Associated Press
November 25, 2012 12:00 am  • 

DALLAS - Metta World Peace hit three early three-pointers to spark a Los Angeles barrage from long range, and the Lakers scored 36 points before Kobe Bryant took his first shot in a 115-89 blowout of the Dallas Mavericks on Saturday night.

Bryant, the league's leading scorer, finished with 19 once he did start shooting as the Lakers hit the century mark for the first time in four games under hobbled coach Mike D'Antoni.

The Lakers won for the first time in five road games and avoided their worst start away from home in nearly 20 years.

O.J. Mayo, who led the league in three-pointers going in, was 0 of 5 from long range and finished with 13 points. Vince Carter led Dallas with 16.

The Lakers don't expect their offense to find a high gear until Steve Nash returns from a leg injury, but they didn't need him against his old team.

Really, the Lakers didn't even need Bryant a night after he scored the final 14 Los Angeles points in a loss at Memphis. He hit his first shot early in the second quarter to put the Lakers up 41-23, and he made it a 20-point game on a bucket with 8:54 left in the half.

For good measure, Bryant hit a three-pointer with 1.9 seconds left in the second quarter to give Los Angeles a 65-38 halftime lead.

• Bobcats 108, Wizards 106: In Washington, Byron Mullens scored 27 points, Ramon Sessions had 20 and Ben Gordon added 19 as Charlotte earned its seventh win of the season and kept Washington winless with a double-overtime victory.

Last season, the Bobcats went 7-59 in the lockout-shortened season, the lowest winning percentage in NBA history but have already equaled that victory total in their 12th game.

• Heat 110, Cavaliers 108: In Miami, Ray Allen took a pass from LeBron James and made a three-pointer with 18.2 seconds left, and Miami rallied from a seven-point deficit in the final 1:52 to win.

James finished with 30 points for the Heat, who remained perfect at home despite leading for only 2 minutes, 29 seconds.

• Thunder 116, 76ers 109: In Philadelphia, Kevin Durant scored 37 points, Russell Westbrook had 30 and Oklahoma City won in overtime.

The Thunder has won nine of 11 to go to 10-4.

• Hawks 104, Clippers 93: In Atlanta, Jeff Teague had 19 points and 11 assists, Zaza Pachulia added 19 points and 12 rebounds, and Atlanta won its fifth straight game.

Blake Griffin scored 22 points and Chris Paul had 19 for the Clippers.

• Bulls 93, Bucks 86: In Milwaukee, Carlos Boozer and Richard Hamilton scored 22 points apiece Chicago broke a four-game losing streak.

The win by the Bulls was the ninth straight over the Bucks and the fifth straight at the Bradley Center.

Rim shots

• Andrew Bynum's debut with the Philadelphia 76ers is on hold again.

General manager Tony DiLeo said Saturday that Bynum is out indefinitely and there's no timetable set for his first game.

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