2011 NBA Playoffs: Dallas Mavericks Advances To 2011 NBA Western Conference Finals With Sweep Of LA LakersBy Alex Jusi Madlangbayan on May 9, 2011 in Basketball, Sports, United States, World •
Dallas Mavericks became the first team to enter the 2011 NBA Final Four by sweeping the Los Angeles Lakers in the second round of the 2011 NBA Playoffs, according to a report by NBA.com.
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Behind the record-tying 3-point shooting by Jason Terry, the Mavericks won via rout, 122-86, and ousted the two-time defending NBA champion Lakers in Game 4 on Sunday, May 8, 2011.
The second-round sweep by the Mavericks has dampened the distinguished career of Lakers‘ coach Phil Jackson, who is set to retire at the end of the 2011 NBA season.
Terry led the Mavericks with a team-high 32 points. He tied the nine 3-point playoff record shared by Rex Chapman, Vince Carter and Ray Allen. Terry missed only one shot from the three-point range for the night. J.J. Barea added 22 points, Peja Stojakovic had 21 and Dirk Nowitzki had 17 points. Stojakovic shot 6-for-6 from the 3-point range.
The Dallas team tied an NBA playoff record, set by Seattle in 1996, by shooting 20 3-pointers for the game.
The Mavericks now advances to the 2011 NBA Western Conference Finals and this will be the team’s fourth appearance. They will now await for the result of the Oklahoma City Thunder vs Memphis Grizzlies series. As of writing, the Grizzlies is leading the series, 2-1.
Kobe Bryant, who earlier vowed to keep the Lakers train moving, scored 13 points in the first quarter on 6-for-8 shooting. However, the LA superstar went cold and only had four points on 1-for-10 shooting. He ends the game with 17 points on 7-of-18 shooting.
Lamar Odom got ejected with 9:06 remaining after a hard pick against Nowitzki. Andrew Bynum was also thrown out of the game with 8:21 left after giving an elbow to an airborne Barea.
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