LOS ANGELES — The Mavericks couldn’t do anything right. The Lakers could do no wrong.

Jordan Farmar led seven players in double figures with a career high-tying 24 points, and Los Angeles trounced the Western Conference’s second-best team in a 131-96 victory over Dallas on Sunday night.

“Payback for what the Cowboys did to my Eagles,” said Kobe Bryant, whose hometown Philadelphia football team lost 24-0 in Texas.

Andrew Bynum had 19 points on 8 of 8 shooting, five rebounds and four assists, Lamar Odom had 15 points and 15 rebounds, 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.

“It’s a lot easier to play against teams like Dallas because you know the focus is going to be there,” Bryant said. “We had a great performance against one of the best teams in the league.”

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 season bests from the field (63 percent) and 3-point range (81 percent) and had a season high in points.

“Yes, you can expect this every night,” Lakers coach Phil Jackson deadpanned.

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

Dirk Nowitski 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 on the second night of a back-to-back.  “Some nights you don’t have it offensively, but you at least have to get some stops to stay in the game,” Nowitzki said.

“They had whatever they wanted. Bynum was on the inside, Kobe was making shots everywhere. On offense, we just couldn’t do anything right.”

With Bryant distributing the ball, Odom took over rebounding and Bynum did a little of everything after Pau Gasol strained his left hamstring seven minutes into the first quarter. He didn’t return after scoring six points and was expected to have an ultrasound Monday. He walked out gingerly without talking to reporters.  The Spanish forward sat out the first 11 games this season with a strained right hamstring.

“Anytime Pau has an injury, we’re very concerned,” Jackson said. “He complained before the game started he was feeling some tightness.”

The Lakers romped to a 40-point lead after three quarters, letting Jackson go deep into his bench in the fourth. All 11 available Lakers scored. They outscored Dallas 52-36 in the paint while controlling the boards 44-40 and piling up 33 assists.

“They’re the champs. They came out and played from the beginning and we didn’t,” Kidd said. “We just didn’t make shots, and when we tend not to make shots, we usually stop playing defense. That’s what we kind of reverted to. But it’s just one game. Now we go back home and play on Tuesday, so we’ll get back going in the right direction.”

The Mavs shot a measly 16 percent in the first quarter, making just four baskets and missing all six of their 3-point attempts. They made eight field goals in the second and trailed 64-39 at halftime.

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  • brianwong

    Nice one Lakers!!! 35 point victory!!! GO LAKERS!!!!!!!!!1

  • brianwong

    Keep it going!!!

  • lakergirl24

    Kobe is the best player . He does things that no one else can possibly do!!!

  • kobe8

    way the go Kobe

  • martinamalka

    Kobe you are such an inspiration! I watched the game twice last night! Keep it going! You and the team, and the bench were sensational! I loved how you set up your team and passed around the ball. But, New Years…that last 4 seonds…no body can contest that you know this game! You made yourself free for that never-to-forget shot! I wish I could have been there! I can only afford one game a year now, in disability section 311, my son brings me a huge fan of your, too. Having to drive from Ventura is so worth it to us! Go Lakers! You Rock My World!

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  • kobebestever

    i loved every bit of it. gooo lakers

  • spechtacular

    My favorite thing about this game was that the bench played EXCELLENT! This is what they’re capable of doing most of the season…let’s just hope we see it on a consistant basis. It’s nice when the starters can rest for a lot of the game. Hopefully Pau’s hamstring isn’t anything too serious. Let’s get that RING!!!

  • http://kobebryant.com/members/jesseluvslakers/ jesse

    You’re amazing Kobe!!! You and the Lakers are the best!!! It’s really hard to believe you have a broken finger, LeBron missed a game because he had the flu. You had a stomach bug but you still played, you hurt your elbow and you still played, you broke your finger and you still played!!! Nothing will keep you from being the best player!! Way to go Kobe, you rock the NBA!!!!!!

  • sevenjbra

    Kobe you are a trip man…dont be taking your anger out on random opponents……lol

  • mjcartwr

    Kobe and the boys did work! Hopefully the bench stays hot like this…if they do, I’ll see all of you at the parade in June!

  • martinamalka

    Kobe, I love your black crest tee-shirt, but want it in long sleeve, will you make one for me?

  • http://kobebryant.com/members/ninaross/ NiNaRoSs

    Great game guys!!!

  • http://kobebryant.com/members/mamba24ill/ MAMBA24ILL

    This game was payback for what happen at the start of this season.

  • skylar

    kobe i love how you play ..man on man every time i see you play i smile so hard :) this game is my favorite 😉

  • http://kobebryant.com/members/yanebok/ yanebok

    teamwork at its best!!! woot!!

  • http://kobebryant.com/members/renz824/ R3NST3R

    omg.. i must admit if DJ starts hitting jumpers we know we r winning the game HAHAA

  • marius24

    ~Go Lakers~