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Kobe Bryant went from having a slow night because of a sore back to nailing the game-winning jumper with 28 seconds left, lifting the Los Angeles Lakers to a 100-95 victory over the Dallas Mavericks on Wednesday night in a matchup of the top two teams in the Western Conference.

Dallas’ Dirk Nowitzki became the 34th player in NBA history to score 20,000 points when he hit a 14-foot jumper early in the fourth quarter. He scored 15 of his 30 points in the quarter, including a tough 3-pointer that tied it at 95 with 42.5 seconds left. He also grabbed a season-high 16 rebounds.

Bryant played only nine minutes in the first half and was hardly part of the action while in the game. He scored eight points in the third quarter, but made only 1 of 4 shots in the final period – the one that counted the most, a 20-footer over Josh Howard with 28 seconds left to make it 97-95.

Dallas’ Erick Dampier missed a pair of free throws that could’ve tied it. After Los Angeles’ Andrew Bynum made 1 of 2 foul shots, the Lakers double-teamed Nowitzki in the corner, forcing him to pass. Howard ended up taking a wild shot.

Bynum had 22 points and 11 rebounds, Lamar Odom had 18 points and 14 rebounds, and Ron Artest had 16 points and 11 rebounds to help the Lakers end a three-game road losing streak. While they won for only the second time in five games, it was their second victory over the Mavericks in 10 days.

Dallas lost its second straight, both at home despite getting 18 points from Howard in his first start since Nov. 11. Jason Kidd added 11 points and 11 assists

  • skassis

    Congratulations Lakers, you did it, and Kobe is an incredible team leader and player,he dealt with his injury and gave it his best, just being there,made a difference and the team will always get a boost from him. I hope he will feel much better, can’t wait to see Pau coming back as well.
    Go Lakers and Kobe!!!!!!!! It is a good win.

  • zone24

    Congratulations on the win despite of many obstacles :p

  • kobebestever

    lakers looked good and glad they kinda rested kobe and the shot he made to give us the W was nice. nice job lakers

  • skylar

    this is why i like you so much you dont care how bad you are hurt you get back in the game and this is why you are my favorite basketball player because you are a strong and you always know how to make a come back :)

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

    Kobe looks so good even when he’s laying down ;) xoxo Great job last nite baby!! Keep kick’n a$$!!!

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

    kobe = mr. clutch..love yah..haha..

  • kobe24mylife

    Kobe İ Love you man … Great basketball player ….

  • andrewsapega

    Really important VICTORY!!!

  • http://kobebryant.com/members/bryant1fan/ KobeBryant1Fan

    Thats Redunklous

  • mAgzz

    kobe u should be the allstar mvp,,.,ok?do wat i say..idol