Mavericks 94, Lakers 80

Hard to imagine the Lakers matching or passing the Chicago Bulls’ league record of 72 victories after watching their lackluster defeat tonight against the Dallas Mavericks. Ron Artest had a night to forget, scoring three points on 1-for-6 shooting with three rebounds, three assists, four turnovers, five fouls and one technical foul. It wasn’t all his fault. Kobe Bryant had 20 points on 6-for-16 shooting. Dirk Nowitzki led Dallas with 21 points.