It was a Dirk-vs.Kobe duel, but big-picture, Sunday at the American Airlines Center was more than that: Dallas and LA combined to win three of the past four NBA titles, and while the Lakers' 103-99 win was a thriller - and while it was fun watching the once-mighty play at a high level ... the once-mighty fell again.
Oh, how the mighty have fallen.
The Sunday matinee matchup between the Dallas Mavericks and the Los Angeles Lakers featured two teams that combined to win three of the past four NBA Championships. However, instead of fighting for a top seed and home court advantage, these two teams were came into Sunday fighting for their playoff lives.
After a 103-99 loss, Dallas now sits at 25-30, no closer to their goal of shaving their .500 beards and 4.5 games out of playoff contention.
"That was a big two-game swing Los Angeles entered the day one game ahead of Dallas against us with the loss today and we needed this one with so much at stake," Elton Brand said afterwards.