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Before this second-round series started, I don’t think anyone-not even Dallas fans-expected it to turn out the way it did. A sweep for either team sounded like an almost impossible feat; that is until the Mavericks had the opportunity coming into Game 4 as they held onto a 3-0 series lead. Dallas played a game that will go down in the history books after tying the NBA playoff record with 20 made 3-pointers and sending the two time defending champs home after a blowout 122-86 win and LA sweep.
In the first quarter, the Mavs took a 14-11 lead midway and proceeded to go on an 8-2 run led by Marion. Terry and Peja hit back to back 3-pointers but Dallas lead by just four, 27-23, at the end of the first quarter. Kobe scored 13 points in just the first quarter.
Early in the second quarter, the Mavs built up a double digit lead thanks to Terry and Peja. Terry swished in his third 3-pointer to give the Mavs a 37-27 lead with less than 10 minutes to go in the second quarter. Terry continued to swish in 3-pointers while Peja hit another one to put the Mavs up 50-32 midway through the quarter. Terry hit his sixth 3-pointer as well as third from Peja to put the Mavs up by as much as 25 points before taking a 63-39 lead at the half.
Thanks to Terry’s 20 points in the first half, including six 3-pointers, the Mavs hit 11 total 3-pointers, which tied the NBA playoff record for 3-point makes in a half. Terry also set a new franchise mark for a half of a playoff game and matched his personal career playoff-high. With all of this being said, Dallas outshot the Lakers, 59.5% to 36.8%.
In the third quarter, Ron Artest led the Lakers in an attempt to inch their way back until Terry hit his seventh and eighth 3-pointer to set a new postseason franchise record. With just less than 3 minutes left in the third quarter, Terry tied an NBA playoff record with his ninth 3-pointer. Dallas took a lead as large as 29 before ending the third quarter up 86-62.
In the fourth quarter, the Lakers’ frustration would then get the best of them when Odom pushed Nowitzki after a whistle and Bynum hit Barea in the ribs, ejecting both Lakers out of the game. Despite the madness, the Mavs stayed focus and took the lead by as much as 36 before Brian Cardinal swished in Dallas’ 20th 3-pointer to tie the NBA record.
Terry finished with a game-high 32 points, while Barea had 22 points and Peja added 21 points of his own, all off the bench. Dallas’ reserves outscored LA’s, 86-37, and Dallas’ bench alone score the same amount of points that the Laker team scored in total. Dirk was the only Mavs’ started in double figures with 17 points.
Kobe led five Lakers in double figures with 17 points, scoring just two in the second half. Brown had 15 points, Artest had 11, and Odom and Gasol both had 10 a piece.
The Mavericks outshot the Lakers, 60.3% to 37.8, after going 20 of 32 from beyond the arc, as well as out-rebounded them 40-39.
The Mavs successfully swept the Los Angeles Lakers, and handed Phil Jackson the first of his career.
The Mavericks will now get some rest as they await the winning of the Memphis Oklahoma City series. In the regular season, Dallas won the season series with the Thunder, 2-1, but lost 3 of 4 meetings with Memphis.
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