Both teams started the second half playing sloppy basketball. Turnovers, missed shots, and bad passes were found in excess from both squads. DeShawn Stevenson brought a lot of energy, and another three-ball, to keep the Mavs in the lead. Foul shots allowed the Mavs to keep pace with the Lakers scoring early in the quarter. A time out to make some lineup changes was a good call by Rick Carlisle with the Mavs up by one with 6:52 left in the third.