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Rondo leads Mavs over Kobe-less Lakers

Dec 27, 2014 - 6:13 AM Dallas, TX ( - Rajon Rondo turned in a game-high 21 points to go with eight rebounds and seven assists as Dallas claimed a 102-98 win over the Lakers on Friday.

Tyson Chandler picked up 15 points and 12 rebounds, while Monta Ellis chipped in 15 and Dirk Nowitzki followed with 14 points and eight boards for the Mavericks, who snapped a two-game slide and have won four of their last six.

Nowitzki moved into eighth place on the NBA's all-time scoring list, passing Elvin Hayes.

"We are very fortunate we have had a chance to watch it for an extended period of time," Mavs coach Rick Carlisle said of Nowitzki's career.

Carlos Boozer poured in 18 points and grabbed eight rebounds for Los Angeles, which has lost five of their last seven and two of three with Kobe Bryant on the sidelines. Nick Young totaled 15 with Jordan Hill and Wayne Ellington adding 12 points each in defeat.

"What have I learned? That we would love to have him in the lineup," Lakers coach Byron Scott said of Bryant's absence. "I think these three games prove that we do need him on the floor."

The Mavs led 95-79 with 3:56 remaining on Rondo's lone triple of the contest, but the Lakers gradually chipped away for the remainder.

Wesley Johnson scored seven straight points, Young added a trey, then Ellington sank back-to-back shots -- including one from distance with 9.9 seconds showing -- and Los Angeles crept within 100-96.

However, Jefferson and Ellis both split their two attempts around a Hill slam which maintained Dallas' four-point edge, and Jeremy Lin failed to connect from beyond the arc just shy of the buzzer after Hill grabbed the rebound of Ellis' miss from the line.

Chandler posted eight points in an early surge which saw the Mavericks race out to a 16-7 lead and the hosts were up 26-19 after one quarter.

The Lakers pulled even thanks to an 11-4 run to begin the second, forging a 30-30 deadlock on a Lin step-back jumper with 8:24 to play in the half. Later in the period, Rondo's runner pushed the Dallas advantage to 46-37, and it led 48-42 at the break.

Chandler's alley oop off a dish from Parsons and Parsons' own easy basket capped the Mavs' burst of 12-1 to kick off the second half, providing the hosts a 58-43 edge. Though the Lakers whittled that gap to eight late in the quarter, a Rondo shot gave the Mavs a 10-point margin heading to the fourth.

Game Notes

Dallas has beaten the Lakers four straight times at home after dropping five straight from March of 2011 through February of 2013 ... Ellis also chipped in seven assists ... Ed Davis paced Los Angeles with 11 boards, while Johnson and Hill totaling 10 apiece ... Charlie Villanueva had 13 points off the bench in almost 21 minutes of action for the Mavericks.