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article imageNBA: The Mavs pull out 96-94 win over Lakers

By Austin Tyler     May 3, 2011 in Sports
Los Angeles - The Mavericks and Lakers have never met in the playoffs in the Kobe Bryant and Dirk Nowitzki eras with their respective teams. This is the first time and Dirk led his team to a game one victory despite Kobe Bryant’s 36 points.
The Los Angeles Lakers (57-25) is now the highest seed in the Western Conference and has home court advantage as they host the Dallas Mavericks (57-25). The Los Angeles Lakers lost game one to the New Orleans Hornets, but bounced back to win the series. The Mavs pulled off this game with a 96-94 win, so we will just have to see if the Lakers can reply with aggression.
Kobe Bryant came out gunning as he pushed the Lakers to a 9-4 lead making a three-pointer and seven of the Lakers first nine-points. The Mavs got within one when Tyson Chandler made back-to-back buckets to make it 9-8. Derek Fisher made a three-pointer to make it 12-8.
The Lakers had an 18-12 lead when Peja Stojakovic made a three-pointer to get the Mavs within three. Jason Kidd made a three-pointer to get the Mavs within one-point, and Jason Terry made a three-pointer to give them a 21-19 lead. The Mavs finished the quarter with the two-point lead because Matt Barnes made a layup to make it a 25-23 lead.
The Mavs started the second quarter trading baskets with the Lakers, but Jose Barea made a three-pointer to give the Mavs a 32-27 lead. Andrew Bynum made a dunk that got the Lakers within one-point. Dallas pushed their lead to 36-31 with Jason Terry making a pair of free-throws.
Kobe Bryant made a jumper to get the Los Angeles Lakers back within one-point, 38-37, but Jason Terry answered with a jumper to make it a three-point game. Lamar Odom made a layup and Derek Fisher made a three-point play to give the Lakers a two-point lead, 44-42.
The second quarter ended with the Lakers going on a 14-2 run that gave them a nine-point lead going into halftime. With 0.06 seconds left in the game Jason Terry fouled Lamar Odom as he was shooting a half court shot. Odom went to the line and knocked down all three free-throws.
During the last free-throw Ron Artest elbowed Dirk Nowitzki in the back and Dirk complained to the ref, and was hit with a technical and Bryant made the free-throw to end the half up 53-44.
The Lakers came out of halftime with a 7-0 run to open the third with Kobe making a three-pointer and forcing Dallas to take a timeout. Los Angeles was up by 16 points, and Dallas answered with a 12-4 run to make it 56-64 with a layup from Corey Brewer. Brewer later made a three-pointer to get the Mavs within three-points, 64-61.
Dallas was down 68-64 and Kobe Bryant made three-pointer to make it seven-point lead. The Mavs cut it down to three-point with a Shawn Marion dunk, but Bryant made another three-pointer to give the Lakers a 74-68 lead. The Lakers held on to close out the quarter with a 78-71 lead after Pau Gasol made a pair of free-throws.
Dirk Nowitzki shooting free-throws.
Dirk Nowitzki shooting free-throws.
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The Mavs opened the final period with an 8-2 spurt that got back-to-back three-pointers from Peja Stojakovic and Dirk Nowitzki to make it 80-79. Both teams kept it close as they traded baskets to keep the game within two until Lamar Odom made a layup to put the Lakers up by three-points.
Peja Stojakovic made a jumper to get the Mavs back within one 86-85. Kobe Bryant and Lamar Odom made back-to-back baskets to give the Lakers a 90-85 lead. Shawn Marion made a jumper to get the Mavs within one-point 92-91.
With .20 Kobe Bryant had the ball and was driving to the basket and threw the ball away as Tyson Chandler stepped up to block his shot. Jason Terry stole the ball and Derek Fisher fouled him as the Lakers had a foul to give.
The Mavs was passing the ball in with.19 second left and Pau Gasol fouled Dirk Nowitzki as he was trying to catch the inbound pass. Nowitzki hit both free-throws to give the Mavs their first lead since 1:40 left in the second quarter.
Los Angeles had a chance to get a good shot with .5 seconds left but Pau Gasol turned the ball over as Jason Kidd stole the ball, and was fouled by Gasol. Kidd made one of two free-throws which left the door open for the
Tyson Chandler of the Dallas Mavericks
Tyson Chandler of the Dallas Mavericks
Lakers as they down 96-94 with .3 seconds left in the game.
The Lakers called a timeout and set-up their play for Kobe Bryant. Bryant got the ball at the top of a key and could have tied the game up with a two-pointer, but went for the three-pointer and missed it. Kobe had a good look, but it was just too long as it bounced off the back of the rim.
Dirk Nowitzki led the Mavs with 28 points and 14 rebounds. Tyson Chandler scored 11 points with nine rebounds, and Shawn Marion chipped in with 10 points. Jason Kidd had 11 assists with five rebounds, three steals, but only scored seven points.
Jason Terry came off the bench to lead the bench scoring with 15 points, and Peja Stojakovic scored 10 points.
The Lakers got a big game from Kobe Bryant who had 36 points. Pau Gasol added 15 points with 11 rebounds and seven assists. Lamar Odom came off the bench to score 15 points and grab 12 rebounds.
Dallas stole game one and home court advantage with this victory, and now has put the pressure on the Lakers to bounce back. Game two will be on Wednesday, May 4, 2011 at 10:30 PM (EST).
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