The Lakers bench has opened the second quarter with a lot of energy. They are pushing the ball up the court and driving to the hoop. But the Mavs continue to knock down jumpers and runners in the lane, answering bucket for bucket. Dirk now has 9 points with 9 minutes to go in the half. He has played the whole game so far. The Mavericks are playing loose, with confidence, and are making plays. They have done a decent job of avoiding foul trouble and are not turning the ball over. They currently lead by eight.