Mavs spoil opener for new-look Lakers

1:25 AM, Oct 31, 2012   |    comments
  • Dallas Mavericks power forward Elton Brand (42) fouls Los Angeles Lakers center Dwight Howard (12) in the first quarter of the game at the Staples Center. (Jayne Kamin-Oncea-US PRESSWIRE)
  • Los Angeles Lakers point guard Steve Nash (10) controls the ball as Dallas Mavericks shooting guard O.J. Mayo (32) and point guard Darren Collison (4) look on in the second half of the game at the Staples Center. Dallas won 99-91. (Jayne Kamin-Oncea-US PRESSWIRE)
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LOS ANGELES -- The Los Angeles Lakers stole all of the offseason headlines with the additions of Dwight Howard and Steve Nash.

It was the Mavericks' offseason acquisitions, though, who helped Dallas steal the season opener.

Darren Collison tallied 17 points, Elton Brand had eight points and 11 rebounds and O.J. Mayo added 12 points in the Dirk Nowitzki-less Mavs' 99-91 win over the new-look Lakers.

Howard, who was traded for in August as part of a four-team swap, had 19 points and 10 rebounds, but fouled out and was an abysmal 3-of-14 from the foul line in his Lakers debut.

Howard balked last season at almost everything regarding his status with the Orlando Magic, but relented when it came time to go to Los Angeles. The price for Howard was Andrew Bynum, who was sent to the Philadelphia 76ers as part of the blockbuster.

A month prior, Nash was acquired from the Phoenix Suns for first round-picks in 2013 and 2015 and second-round picks in 2013 and 2014.

He finished with seven points and four assists.


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