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Kobe Bryant (shoulder) out against Mavericks

Dirk Nowitzki, Chandler Parsons, Kobe Bryant

Dallas Mavericks’ Dirk Nowitzki (41) of Germany defends as Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant (24) finds room to the basket for a shot in the first half of an NBA basketball game, Friday, Nov. 21, 2014, in Dallas. The Mavericks’ Chandler Parsons watches from behind. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)


Kobe Bryant’s streak of games played – his second longest of the season – will end at seven.


The Lakers have struggled with or without Kobe, who’d been playing through injury. They’ve dropped six straight.

Kobe’s absence doesn’t change the outlook tonight. The Mavericks remain big favorites.

There was a little buzz about the final meeting between Kobe and Dirk Nowitzki. Turns out, that was in November.