Red-hot Lakers fight off Dallas

Associated Press / April 1, 2011

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Kobe Bryant scored 28 points and Andrew Bynum had 18 points and 13 rebounds as the Los Angeles Lakers defeated the visiting Dallas Mavericks, 110-82, in a testy affair in which four players were ejected last night.

Early in the fourth quarter, the Lakers’ Matt Barnes and the Mavericks’ Jason Terry and Brendan Haywood were thrown out following an altercation under the basket.

Los Angeles’s Shannon Brown was later ejected in a separate incident.

The late skirmish didn’t take away from the Lakers’ 16th win in 17 games since the All-Star break, helping them pull within 2 1/2 games of slumping San Antonio for the NBA’s top record.

Dirk Nowitzki had 27 points and 13 rebounds for the Mavericks, whose five-game winning streak ended.

A former NBA referee was charged with attacking Hall of Famer and Atlanta Hawks television analyst Dominique Wilkins in a dispute over a clothing bill.

Rashan S. Michel, 36, was released early yesterday on $1,000 cash bond after being charged with two counts of simple battery.

Michel confronted the former NBA star while he was wrapping up his broadcasting duties after Atlanta’s 85-82 win over Orlando Wednesday night at Atlanta.

Michel claims Wilkins owes him $12,500 for custom-made suits.

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