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article imageNBA: Mavs sweep the Lakers 122-86 with Terry breaking NBA record

By Austin Tyler     May 9, 2011 in Sports
Dallas - The Lakers needed this game to have a chance to extend the series, and they failed as the Mavs got hot shooting from behind the arc from Terry and Stojakovic. The Lakers played uninspired as they sent coach Phil Jackson out with a loss in his final game.
The Dallas Mavericks (57-25) hosted the Los Angeles Lakers (57-25) for game four of the Western Conference Semifinals. The Mavs needed this game to advance to the Western Conference finals for the first time since 2006. The Lakers have missed the Conference Finals only two times since the 2000 season.
DeShawn Stevenson made a three-pointer and that would be the theme of the game. Tyson Chandler made a three-point play that gave the Mavs a 5-3 lead. The Lakers got a Kobe Bryant jumper to give them a 7-6 lead, and Bryant later made another jumper to give the Lakers an 11-8 lead. Shawn Marion made two jumpers and Chandler made a dunk to put the Mavs up 16-11.
Jason Kidd made a three-pointer to give the Mavs a 19-13 lead. Kobe Bryant made a jumper to get within two-points and Pau Gasol made a free-throw to tie the game up at 19 points apiece. Jason Terry and Peja Stojakovic made back-to-back three-pointers to give the Mavs a 25-19 lead. Dallas finished the quarter with a Jose Barea jumper to give them a 27-23 lead.
Jason Terry started the second quarter with a three-pointer and Peja Stojakovic made a jumper to give the Mavs a 32-23 lead. Terry made another three-pointer to give the Mavs a ten-point lead, and Steve Blake answered with a three-pointer of his own. The Mavs went on a 13-2 run that included two three-pointers from Terry and one from Peja Stojakovic which gave the Mavs a 50-32 lead.
Pau Gasol made a jumper to cut the Mavs lead to 15-points and force them to take a timeout. Peja made another three-pointer to spark a Mavs 10-0 run. The run was capped off with a Jason Terry three-pointer that gave them a 63-38 lead. Derek Fisher made one of two free-throws, but Mavs went into halftime with a 63-39 lead.
Ron Artest opened the third quarter with a three-pointer. The Mavs could not score as Dirk Nowitzki made a jumper at the 10:03 mark, and did not score again until the 6:52 mark when Jason Terry made a three-pointer. Terry made another three-pointer to give the Mavs a 71-46 lead.
During that time Artest was the only player to score for the Lakers with seven points. Artest had a chance to cut deeper into the Mavs lead after Derek Fisher steal, but could not finish as he went up and got hung on a layup.
Another Laker did not score till Pau Gasol scored at the 5:58 mark. Jason Terry made a layup to give the Mavs a 25-point lead, 73-48. Lamar Odom made a pair of baskets to try and get back in the game. Terry later made another three-pointer for the Mavs, but Shannon Brown answered with a three-pointer of his own. Peja Stojakovic made a three-pointer to give the Mavs a 86-57 lead.
The Lakers ended the quarter with a 5-0 spurt, but was still down 86-62 going into the final period.
Dallas started the fourth quarter with Jason Terry blocking a Shannon Brown jumper. The Mavs then went on a 5-2 spurt that gave them a 91-64 lead after Dirk Nowitzki made his first three-pointer of the night. Peja Stojakovic made a three-pointer at the 9:30 mark that gave the Mavs a 94-67 lead.
Things got chippy as Lamar Odom made one of two free-throws, and then while Jason Kidd was bringing the ball up the court Odom just hit Dirk with a forearm. The play was completely uncalled for and Odom was ejected from the game. Nowitzki then made both of his free-throws.
Then J.J. Barea was driving to the basket and Andrew Bynum gave him a forearm to the rib knocking him to the ground. Barea still made the layup, but he laid on the floor for few minutes. Bynum was hit with a flagrant two foul and immediately ejected. Barea made his free-throw also.
The game had been over for awhile but after those two plays the both teams emptied their bench and Peja Stojakovic made another three-pointer to seal the deal. The Lakers bench scored some buckets, but it was just not enough. Barea and Brian Cardinal made three-pointers late to increase the Mavs lead.
Kobe Bryant led the Lakers in scoring with 17 points and seven rebounds. Pau Gasol only scored 10 points with eight rebounds and Ron Artest chipped in with 11 points.
Peja Stojakovic had big game to help Dallas win this game.
Peja Stojakovic had big game to help Dallas win this game.
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The Lakers second leading score was Shannon Brown with 15 points of the bench, and Lamar Odom scored ten points before being ejected.
The Mavs leading scores all came off the bench with Jason Terry to tie a NBA playoff record with nine three-pointers made. Terry was 9-10 from the arc for 32 points. Jose Barea scored 22 points with eight assists. Peja Stojakovic went 6-6 from the arc to score 21 points as they combined for 75 points off the bench.
Dirk Nowitzki was the only starter to score in double-digits with 17 points and seven rebounds.
The Dallas Mavericks sweep the Los Angeles Lakers in their first meeting ever in the Dirk and Kobe era. The Mavs will have to wait and see how long this match-up will go between the Memphis Grizzlies and the Oklahoma City Thunder.
As for the Lakers it is time to look to the future as Phil Jackson said this was his last season coaching in the NBA. The Lakers have a lot of questions to answer with this roster, but we will have to wait and see where they will go from here.
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