The Los Angeles Lakers return to the site of their playoff demise last year, battling the Dallas Mavericks on Wednesday night at American Airlines Center. Here are the relevant details of tonight's contest, the second meeting of the season between the Lakers and Mavs:
Records: Lakers (19-13); Mavericks (21-12)
Location: American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas
Time: 6:30 p.m.
TV: ESPN, with Mike Breen on play-by-play, Jeff Van Gundy on analysis, and Lisa Salters reporting on the sideline. Locally, the game can also be seen on KCAL, with Bill Macdonald and Stu Lantz on the Lakers broadcast.
Streaming: ESPN3, not WatchESPN.com
Offensive Efficiency: Lakers, 103.1 points per 100 possessions (15th in NBA); Mavericks, 102.0 (20th)
Defensive Efficiency: Mavericks, 97.9 (third); Lakers, 100.6 (11th)
Series History: The Lakers have won their last three encounters with Dallas, including an ugly 73-70 victory on January 16 at Staples Center.
1,000/1,000: Dirk Nowtizki on Monday recorded the 1,000th block of his career, becoming just the third player in NBA history with 1,000 blocks and 1,000 three-pointers, joining Cliff Robinson and Rasheed Wallace.
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