Dirk Nowitzki continued to assert himself in the third quarter. And once again, once Dirk went to the bench so he would be rested and ready for the final quarter, the Mavs offense went with him. The Mavs could not buy a basket the final minutes of the third quarter, until Marion and Peja got one apiece. Thankfully, the Lakers were unable to capitalize. The Lakers just do not look like themselves. I keep waiting to see them turn it on and they have yet to do so.