When the Lakers opened the season on Oct. 30 against the Mavericks at Staples Center, they let an early lead fade into an eight-point loss (99-91).
On Saturday, almost a month later, the Lakers got their revenge with a 115-89 pummeling of the Mavericks in Dallas.
The game in October was Steve Nash's only full appearance, injuring his leg the following night. He hasn't played since, and the time frame for his return remains unclear.
The opener saw the Lakers get big numbers from Pau Gasol (23 points), Kobe Bryant (22) and Dwight Howard (19), but the team missed 19 free throws and didn't get much bench support.
In Dallas, the Lakers still missed double-digit free throws (11), but it was the role players like Metta World Peace (19 points), Antawn Jamison (19) and Jodie Meeks (11) who helped the Lakers get an easy win.