9 May 2011

Dallas dump Lakers

1:04 pm on 9 May 2011

The Dallas Mavericks have completed a 4-nil second round sweep of the Los Angeles Lakers with a 122-86 rout of the two-time defending NBA basketball champions.

Dallas tied an NBA playoff record with 20 three-pointers to land the knockout blow on the aging and weary Lakers and send 11-time NBA champion coach Phil Jackson into retirement on a sour note.

Jason Terry drained nine three-pointers of his own and 32 points to send the Mavericks into the Western Conference Finals for the first time since 2006.

The Lakers star Kobe Bryant came out hot with 13 points in the first quarter, but finished with just 17.

The Lakers had reached the past three NBA Finals but in a season marked by inconsistent efforts they ultimately collapsed in Dallas in what was likely the end of Jackson's career.