NBA: Mavs End Skid, Lakers Stay Hot

NBA: Mavs end skid, Lakers stay hot

LOS ANGELES, Nov 7 (Pakistan Point News - APP - 07th Nov, 2016 ) : The Dallas Mavericks put the worst start in franchise history behind them on Sunday, downing the Milwaukee Bucks 86-75 in overtime for their first win of the NBA season. The Mavs had opened the season with five straight defeats, a skid that billionaire owner Mark Cuban said was "driving me nuts." With a first win in the books the Mavs can now, perhaps, begin fulfilling Cuban's aim of building momentum, even with longtime star Dirk Nowitzki still sidelined by injury.

With Nowitzki looking on, Harrison Barnes scored a career high 34 points and Juan Jose Barea added 21 -- including five in overtime. "It's definitely good to get that monkey off our backs," said Barnes, who connected on 13 of 26 shots and pulled down eight rebounds. In Los Angeles, the Lakers survived a second-half scare en route to a 119-108 victory over the Phoenix Suns. The victory moved the Lakers to 4-3, and a perfect 3-0 at home.

It's the first time the once-proud club has had a winning record through seven games since a 4-3 start in 2011-12. Lakers coach Luke Walton had voiced concern that his team would feel an "emotional hangover" after an upset of the Golden State Warriors on Friday. But the Lakers were far from flat, taking the lead midway through the first quarter and leading 54-43 by halftime. Phoenix responded in the second half, out-scoring the Lakers 9-2 in the first two minutes of the third period.

They narrowed the gap to 93-92 in the fourth period before the Lakers regained control. Jordan Clarkson drained a jump shot, and after Nick Young was fouled making a three-pointer and made the free-throw to complete the four-point play the Lakers were up 99-92, and the Suns wouldn't get any closer. "It was really important," Clarkson said of the victory. "We always could have some hangover from the last win. What we did was we came in next day, worked and washed that out of our heads." The Lakers were without forward Larry Nance after the first quarter. He hit the court chasing a loose ball and was diagnosed with a concussion that will likely sideline him for Tuesday's home game against the Mavericks.