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Lakers' Season Ends With 122 To 86 Humiliation In Dallas

The season is over. The Dallas Mavericks completed their mind-blowing sweep of the Lakers on Sunday with a 122 to 86 humiliation of the defending champs. From early in the second quarter the game was never close, the Mavs dropping bomb after bomb from long range to tie an NBA record for most three-pointers in a playoff contest with 20. Jason Terry shot 9 of 10 from behind the arc, Peja Stojakovic 6 for 6.

The only drama in the final period came from a pair of Laker ejections. First Lamar Odom was shown off for throwing a half-hearted upper-body check at Dirk Nowitzki. Less than a minute later Andrew Bynum got tossed for leveling Jose Barea with a forearm. It was a hugely embarrassing scene for the Lakers organization, which now faces an offseason of recriminations.

Phil Jackson will step down as head coach. For a guy who won five championships as a Laker, today was a horrible way to go out. Today also marks a low point in the Laker career of Pau Gasol, who was completely ineffectual in this Dallas series. The entire team bears responsibility for this debacle, but Pau's regression from All-NBA force to wholly owned subsidiary of Dirk Nowitzki was especially hard to comprehend.

The Mavs head to the Western Conference Finals to face either the Memphis Grizzlies or Oklahoma City. And for the first time since 2007, the Lakers will spend June at home. 


Lakers Fail To Arrest Blowout In Third Quarter, Jason Terry Has Nine Three-Pointers

The pounding continues. At the end of three quarters in Dallas, the Mavericks have pushed their lead out to 24 points. The Lakers actually had a decent opportunity to get back into this game when the Mavs' offense stalled out at the beginning of the third. They scored just two points on their first 10 possessions. But the Laker attack couldn't take advantage: in a span of 90 seconds, Derek Fisher missed two open threes and an open layup, empty trips that pretty much eliminated any hope of a stirring comeback.

With 7:07 to play, Ron Artest missed a fast-break layup of his own. When Dallas got the ball back, Jason Terry hit his seventh three-pointer of the game. He'd soon add his eighth and ninth, and as the fourth period begins he's tied the playoff record for threes in a game.

The last 12 minutes of the Phil Jackson era are upon us.


Mavericks Crushing Lakers At Halftime, 63 To 39

The champs are dying. They began the second quarter of today's Game Four in Dallas by allowing the Mavs to hit for a 23 to 9 run, fueled by the three-point shooting of Jason Terry and Peja Stojakovic and the dribble penetration of Jose Barea. Midway through the period the Mavs' lead had exploded to 18. With 31 seconds left before halftime, it hit 25.

The Mavs' offense is cutting the Lakers to ribbons. Their crisp ball movement has the purp and yellow utterly confused and incapable of properly marking Dallas shooters. Terry and Peja are bombing away at will: in the second period they combined for 28 points on 9 for 12 shooting. As a team the Mavs made 11 threes in the first half, tying an NBA playoff record.

Meanwhile, the Laker offense has collapsed into a ditch. Kobe Bryant and Andrew Bynum are trying to get some points inside, but the lack of an outside game once again has the Mavs shading everything into the paint. For the quarter the Lakers scored a disastrous 0.73 points per trip. Every shot they're taking is contested.

It's just a matter of time now. The season is coming to an end. The only real suspense in the second half surrounds whether the Lakers will continue to compete, or whether they'll punch out mentally and allow the final score to get truly ugly, a la Game Six in Boston, 2008.


Mavericks Lead Lakers After First Quarter, 27 to 23; Kobe Bryant Has 13 Points

The first quarter of Game Four has seen the Mavericks open up a four-point lead on the defending champs. The Laker offense isn't doing much: they're averaging less than a point per possession so far. Kobe Bryant has wasted no time looking to score and has 13 points on nine shots (including free-throw possessions), mostly coming on pull-up jumpers in the paint. And the team as a whole is doing a nice job of getting to the line. Otherwise, guys are struggling to generate clean looks. Pau Gasol still looks uncomfortable, and everyone's still honking their three-point attempts.

The Mavs used an 8-0 run in the middle of the period to put a little distance between themselves and the Lake Show. Their offensive execution looks solid, as usual. Dirk Nowitzki has just four points, but four different Mavs have made three-pointers. Already the Dallas bench has come through with eight points.

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