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Turnovers let Lakers take halftime lead

LOS ANGELES -- Early turnovers have been the Mavs' nemesis lately, according to Rick Carlisle.

In this game, a flurry of turnovers in the second quarter prevented the Mavs from taking a halftime lead over the Lakers.

After the Mavs briefly took the lead, Kobe Bryant made a spectacular steal on the sideline, somehow saving the ball as he fell into the really expensive seats, to spark a 7-0 run. All of the Lakers' points during that spurt came off of Mavericks turnovers.

The turnovers are the biggest statistical difference after a half that ended with the Lakers leading, 54-51. The Mavs have coughed it up eight times (seven in the second quarter), compared to only three by the Lakers.

The good news for the Mavs is that their German is in a nice groove. Dirk Nowitzki, who had been struggling on this road trip, has a game-high 14 points on 6-of-11 shooting.