Mavericks Compete Sweep
The Dallas Mavericks completed a series sweep of the defending champion L.A. Lakers on Sunday in dominating fashion. With a final score of 122-86, the Mavs advanced to the Western Conference finals where they await the winner of Memphis and Oklahoma City. Three pointers were the Mavericks "bread and butter" on Sunday. Here is more from the AP and espn.com.
Jason Terry tied an NBA postseason record with nine 3-pointers and the Mavericks matched a league playoff mark with 20 3s on their way to a 122-86 victory over the Lakers on Sunday and a sweep of their second-round series against the most successful coach in NBA history and the two-time defending champions.
Terry made five 3s in the second quarter, personally outscoring Los Angeles 20-16 in the period and helping Dallas lead by 24 at halftime. When Terry made 3s on consecutive possessions early in the third quarter, he drained whatever comeback hopes the Lakers had left.
Before the playoff started, most NBA pundits predicted the Lakers to three-peat. Phil Jackson would "ride off into the sunset" after wrapping up another championship on his way to retirement. The few NBA analysts who did not pick the Lakers to hoist up the Larry O'Brien trophy again, certaintly did not imagine an exit like this. The sheer dominance with which Dallas took Game 4 was as stunning as it was sumptuous.
Dirk Nowitzki, Jason Terry, Jason Kidd, Tyson Chandler, and the rest of the Mavericks are playing the best postseason basketball of their career. With a sweep, the Mavericks do not play again until May 16th or 17th. That gives a 38 year old Jason Kidd plenty of time to rest up before a Western Conference finals matchup against the Grizzlies or Thunder.