After the first quarter, Mavs lead 26-20

Jason Kidd is hitting some shots early on.  This is a good sign for Dallas.  The Mavs have a crazy winning percentage when Kidd hits double-digits in points.  He is halfway there already.  Kidd is also making some very nice passes, setting up teammates Shawn Marion and Tyson Chandler for some easy buckets.  Kidd came out of the game with 1:24 left in the quarter.  It will be interesting to see how much time he spends on the bench.

Jason Terry entered the game and immediately hit Tyson Chandler for the alley oop.  The Mavs have done an excellent job of hitting the cutter to the basket and making that shot.  But the Mavs have not done a good job on the offensive boards.  Brendan Haywood is not looking good shooting the ball.  He looks extremely uncomfortable with the ball is in his hands.  He is playing big-time on defense though!

The Lakers have let a couple of easy rebounds slip through their hands and turned it over.  Perhaps they are feeling the pressure tonight.  Dirk Nowitzki has played the entire quarter and is beginningn to heat up as the quarter comes to a close.  Pretty solid effort by the boys in blue thus far.

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