Originally written on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 10/31/12
LOS ANGELES -- The Los Angeles Lakers discovered on opening night that four superstars do not a team make. The Dallas Mavericks, meanwhile, discovered life without their one star isn't quite so glum. With Dirk Nowitzki out after knee surgery, Dallas marched into Staples Center and spoiled the Lakers debuts of Dwight Howard and Steve Nash, taking a 99-91 win Tuesday. It was no Dirk, no matter for the Mavericks, who offered a united front in dismissing Los Angeles. Dallas had six players score in double figures, led by Darren Collison, who had 17 points. Brandan Wright had 14 points for Dallas, hitting all five of his shots from the floor, and three more Mavericks contributed at least seven points in the balanced effort. After falling behind 29-25 through one quarter, Dallas outscored Los Angeles in each of the remaining three quarters. "If you execute in this league and you have talent, you have a chance to win," Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle said. "That's the balance you...
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