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Mavericks Vs. Lakers Final: Dallas Loses OT Thriller

In a back-and-forth OT game, the Dallas Mavericks fell 112-108 to the LA Lakers on Sunday afternoon.

Despite, or possibly because of, Kobe Bryant's absence, the Lakers offense came out of half-time humming, as they finished shooting 45.2% from the floor while handing out 27 assists to only 7 turnovers.

Dirk Nowitzki, who missed a chance to win the game at the end of regulation, was off his game all day, as he finished with 24 points on 9-28 shooting.

LA was able to use their size to bludgeon Dallas on the backboards, finishing with 15 offensive rebounds.

With Rodrigue Beaubois unable to play and Brandan Wright rendered less effective due to the Lakers massive front-line, the Mavericks had to play extremely small to jump-start their offense, going with the perimeter trio of Jason Kidd, Jason Terry and Delonte West all through overtime.

It's a tough loss for Dallas, as the Mavericks fall to 34-27 and only 1 game ahead of the Denver Nuggets and Houston Rockets for eighth place in the West.

For more analysis and coverage of the Mavs loss, head over to Mavs Moneyball.

Photographs by jamesbrandon, jdtornow, phlezk, flygraphix, mcdlttx, tomasland, and literalbarrage used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.