Mike Brown's short 2012 season
A look at the Lakers' 1-4 record, their worst start since 1993, which led to Mike Brown's firing on Friday.
Dallas 99, Lakers 91
The ovations flooded Staples Center as the new stars, Dwight Howard and Steve Nash, took the court for the season opener. Then the Mavericks, without Dirk Nowitzki, ended the euphoria. Dallas point guard Darren Collison, with 17 points and four assists, outplayed Nash (seven points and four assists), who looked all of his 38 years. Lakers fans started booing in the third quarter.
Portland 116, Lakers 106
Brown's Princeton offense looked better, but the Lakers had an open-door policy on the defensive end in Portland. Nash also got kneed in his left leg in the second quarter and left the game. Afterward, Brown said: "You see flashes of us moving he ball well, you see flashes of us cutting well, you see flashes of us passing well. Even defensively, at times, we're doing the right thing. We have to put it together for 48 minutes in order to be good in this league."