Dallas stuns loaded Lakers in opener, 99-91

Dallas stuns loaded Lakers in opener, 99-91
October 31, 2012, 1:27 am
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Dallas Mavericks' Eddy Curry (52) shoots against Los Angeles Lakers' Pau Gasol (16), of Spain, in the first half of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles, Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2012. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

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LOS ANGELES (AP) Darren Collison scored 17 points, Brandan Wright added 14, and the Dallas Mavericks spoiled the Lakers debuts of Dwight Howard and Steve Nash with a 99-91 victory over Los Angeles on Tuesday night.

O.J. Mayo had 12 points as the revamped Mavericks pulled off a stunner in their opener, comfortably beating the star-studded Lakers without any help from injured Dirk Nowitzki.

Kobe Bryant scored 22 points while playing on an injured right foot, but the Lakers opened a season of enormous expectations with a major dud of a performance.

Howard had 19 points and 10 rebounds while missing 11 of his 14 free throws before fouling out with 2:02 to play. Nash managed just seven points and four assists with seemingly little to do in the Lakers' new offensive scheme.