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The Mavs shoot the Lakers down from deep

Posted on: May 8, 2011 6:48 pm
Edited on: May 8, 2011 7:21 pm
 
Posted by Royce Young



One way to close out the two-time defending champions and leave no doubt of a historic collapse? Make everything.

That's pretty much what the Mavericks did to complete an unexpected sweep of the Lakers with a 122-86 destruction in Game 4. The story is, of course, the Lakers, along with Phil Jackson and the team's embarrassing, classless finish. Which is a shame because the Mavs shooting was something else. I still can't decide what was dirtier: Andrew Bynum's foul or Jason Terry's 3-point shooting. Because both were pretty sick.

Terry went 9-10 from deep, which tied an NBA playoff record (shared by Vince Carter, Ray Allen and Rex Chapman). Peja Stojakovic went 6-6 from 3 and, as a team, the Mavs tied an NBA playoff record with 20 makes from beyond the arc. In all, they shot 62.5 percent from 3 (20-32), with seven guys hitting at least one.

After the game, Terry was asked when he knew it was going to be a good day for him. Here's what he said: "When I woke up this morning. Mom's cooking. It's Mother's Day. I know she's here and I love and I thank God for her."

Here's how good it was for the Mavs on this day: Even Brian Cardinal was 1-1 from 3.

Now you've got to wonder... Were the Mavs just hot, or was the Lakers' perimeter defense that bad? It was both. Those two things worked hand-in-hand. The Lakers presented the Mavs' shooters a number of good looks, but the Dallas marksmen did the hard part -- they knocked them down.

Some days, it just gets rolling for you. Terry had it working, and tied the NBA record in just three quarters. Stojakovic was disciplined, taking only the wide open looks the Laker defense presented. And the entire team had a great offensive pace and look about it for four quarters. Cool, calm confidence and smooth execution. The drive-and-kick worked like clockwork as Mavs shooters -- Terry and Stojakovic specifically -- basically just waited for their next open shot.

But in a game that held quite a bit of pressure and anxiety, the fact the Mavs kept their heads clear and hands steady, and knocked down such a ridiculous rate from outside, says a lot about them. They weren't about to let any doubt creep in about a Laker comeback. They were going to snuff that out entirely. And they did it from outside.
Comments

Since: Mar 29, 2007
Posted on: May 8, 2011 8:58 pm
 

The Mavs shoot the Lakers down from deep

Wow You sound so angry.  Im not sure why You want to hate on the Mavs Clevlandrocks, but maybe its people like You that made that nice man Lebron James leave....




Since: Jan 15, 2008
Posted on: May 8, 2011 8:23 pm
 

The Mavs shoot the Lakers down from deep

Congrats to Dallas for taking out the only team in the West that had a chance to Win the Title.

It's up to Chicage or Boston to make sure Labone & the Circus don't.

Disgruntled Lakers fan, maybe.....

The only point Dallas made was the East Wins this year
  Undecided


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