Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) - The Los Angeles Lakers stole all of the
offseason headlines with the additions of Dwight Howard and Steve Nash.
It was the Mavericks' offseason acquisitions, though, who helped Dallas steal
the season opener.
Darren Collison tallied 17 points, Elton Brand had eight points and 11
rebounds and O.J. Mayo added 12 points in the Dirk Nowitzki-less Mavs' 99-91
win over the new-look Lakers.
Howard, who was traded for in August as part of a four-team swap, had 19
points and 10 rebounds, but fouled out and was an abysmal 3-of-14 from the
foul line in his Lakers debut.
Howard balked last season at almost everything regarding his status with the
Orlando Magic, but relented when it came time to go to Los Angeles. The price
for Howard was Andrew Bynum, who was sent to the Philadelphia 76ers as part of
A month prior, Nash was acquired from the Phoenix Suns for first round-picks
in 2013 and 2015 and second-round picks in 2013 and 2014.
He finished with seven points and four assists.
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