Why did the Mavericks beat the Lakers?
Mavs fans had the brooms handy and one thing one their mind. Sweep. And the Mavericks longest distance marksmen were more than willing and able to satisfy the home crowd.
"They were shooting the lights out of the ball," said Mavericks forward Shawn Marion. "The energy we started the game with it just kinda got ever body going. Next thing you knew we took off and you couldn't stop us."
A sizzling start to the second quarter the difference in game four. The Mavs hitting nine of their first 10 shots, including all five three pointers. "They just made three after three after three and we could never get back in it," according to Laker star Kobe Bryant.
"We were shooting the ball great, getting stops," said Mavericks guard J.J. Berea, "that's what you play basketball for - days like this."
Lakers coach Phil Jackson, in what he says will be his final game, was helpless in the face of the Mavericks onslaught, "I didn't think we played bad to start the ballgame. But that second quarter it was like the roof fell in on us."
Its was a blowout for the record books. 20 Mavs triples matches the n-b-a playoff record. Jason Terry's nine doing the same. Mavs coach rick Carlisle was taken aback by the pin-point accuracy, "Jet's shot-making was," and he paused briefly, "breath-taking."
Not a term often used around the basketball court, but a performance like this not often seen. Terry and Peja Stojakovic combined to make 15 of 16 three pointers. That's more than any tandem on the same team in NBA playoff history.
"From gave five I think of the Portland series, he's just been a different guy." said Mavericks forward Tyson Chandler. "He's been totally focused and its rubbing off and its contagious for other guys."
"The way they play defense they suck in and you got to be ready to shoot the shot, and that's when I'm at my best," said Terry. You can say that again.
Meanwhile, Terry deflected some of the praise. "Without the penetration of J.J. and J. Kidd you know those looks wouldn't have been there," he said, "so I just had my feet set and ready to shoot."
The mavericks game four victory not only dominating, but frustrating for LA. So, the Lakers purple and gold reign over NBA not only ends in defeat, but with a side dish of embarrassment.
Lamar Odom's cheap shot on Dirk Nowitzki was uncalled for, but Andrew Bynum's hatchet job on Berea was downright dangerous.
"I think it was disrespectful fouls but it just shows their character," said Mavericks guard DeShawn Stevenson. "I know we wouldn't do anything like that and try to hurt anybody, it just shows a lot about their character."
Meanwhile, just like this series, Lakers coach Phil Jackson's Hall of Fame career ends in a way not many thought possible.