By STEPHEN HAWKINS
AP Sports Writer
DALLAS (AP) - Dirk Nowitzki scored 27 points and the Dallas Mavericks avoided their longest home losing streak in 14 years with a 110-97 victory over the slumping and injury-plagued Los Angeles Lakers on Tuesday night.
The Mavericks had lost four straight at home, the last victory in their arena coming against Memphis the week before Christmas.
Los Angeles lost for the eighth time in nine games.
Nowitzki had three baskets on passes from Gal Mekel in a 59-second span early in the second quarter to put Dallas up 43-39. Nowitzki started the span with a running layup before consecutive 11-foot jumpers that sandwiched a 3-pointer by Jodie Meeks.
Meeks led the Lakers with 24 points.
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