DALLAS Ė Jason Terry tied the NBA playoff record for three pointers to help lead Dallas to a 122-86 romp of the Los Angeles Lakers Sunday afternoon, sweeping the two-time defending champions at American Airlines Center.
In possibly Phil Jacksonís last game as Lakers head coach, Terry made consecutive threes in the third quarter and finished with nine. Peja Stojakovic also combined with Terry to finish with 20 three-pointers. Terry was 11-of-14 for 32 points and Stojakovic added 21.
The stomping of the Lakers began in the second quarter when Dallas hit multiple three-pointers and LA didnít have an answer.
Terry was 5-of-6 from three-point range and Dallas as a whole was 7-of-8. Dallas also had two runs in the quarter. At the beginning of the quarter, Dallas had a 13-2 run and then finished the quarter on a 10-2 run. Terry single-handedly outscored the Lakers, 17-16.
ďThis was a great night. Iím very thankful that I had the hot hand,Ē Terry said after the game.
J.J Barea, a surprise playoff standout, added a playoff-best 22 points. Because of the stellar bench, Dirk Nowitzki didnít need a spectacular performance. He finished with 17 points and seven rebounds.
Frustrations once again came to a boiling point in the fourth quarter as two Lakers were ejected within 45 seconds of each other. Dirk Nowitzki was blindsided by Lamar Odom and Andrew Bynum took a mid-air body slam to J.J. Barea.
Fans responded by throwing objects to the floor as referees attempted to make peace. Bynum responded by throwing off his jersey and being escorted to the locker room by Ron Artest, the player who clotheslined Barea in game two.
With Dallasí win, the Los Angeles Lakers became the 60th team to be swept and it was the first time in Jacksonís 22-year career for his team to be swept.
The Mavericks move on to the third round of the playoffs, a redeeming position for a team that has had a less-than-stellar playoff performance the past few years.
The Mavericks are well on their way to proving they deserve respect, winning a franchise-record six consecutive playoff games.
Dallas, the No. 3 seed, will host the winner of the Oklahoma City-Memphis series in the Western Conference Finals. Memphis, the No. 8 seed in the Western Conference, has a 2-1 series lead against the Thunder with game four set for 8:30 tonight.
The conference finals arenít likely to start before next Sunday. This guarantees the Mavericks, a roster full of 30-somethings, will receive some much needed rest before embarking on their next challenge to the finals.