On this day in 2011, the Dallas Mavericks did something that no other team has ever done to Phil Jackson: take a 3-0 series lead over Jackson’s team. In his 20 years as a head coach Jackson had never been swept in a playoff series or down by 3-0. Dallas used a late 4th quarter comeback to set themselves up to be the first team to do both.
The Lakers took a 72-66 lead into the fourth quarter and maintained it through much of the quarter. By the 7 minute mark Kobe Bryant’s Lakers held an 8 point lead, 81-73, and looked like they were going to get their first win of this second round series. Dirk Nowitzki and this veteran Mavs squad had other plans.
Dallas used a 25-12 run to close out the game and set themselves up for the series sweep. The run included clutch and momentum swinging buckets by Dirk and the Mavs veterans that were the backbone of the Mavs 2011 playoff run. Peja Stojakovic made two three pointers, Dirk and Jason Terry made threes of their own, and Jason Kidd, Terry, and Nowitzki would close out the game with nine made free-throws amongst themselves.
Dirk Nowitzki lead all scorers in the game with 32 points. He shot an efficient 12 for 19 from the field and made 4 of 5 three point attempts. Jason Terry came off the bench and scored 23 points to go along with 3 rebounds and 2 assists. The Lakers had a balanced scoring attack with Bryant, Lamar Odom, and Andrew Bynum finishing 17, 18, and 21 points respectively. The Mavericks bench outscored the Lakers bench 42-15, another sign of this Mavs team’s deep veteran presence.
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