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Posted By Melissa Tzotzis On May 3 2011 @ 9:47 am In NBA | 4 Comments

Was it a smooth game? Yes. Was it slightly aloof? Yes. Was it overdramatic? Yes. Most of all, was it incredible…to watch? YES!  Last night’s game was as tight as the bathroom on an airplane…and yes…the Dallas Mavericks actually went into Los Angeles and won a game that almost seemed as though it was slip-sliding away from them for most of the second quarter. Needless to say, Disco Dirk put himself to work hitting two free throws with 19.5 seconds left, alongside the Kidd getting it done with the additional point with only 3.5 seconds. You know the Mavs strutted out of the Staples Centre with big smiles after the long hard fought 96 – 94 win over the Los Angeles Lakers in Game 1 of the Western Conference semi-final.

Regardless of the unfortunate mistakes, the Mavs were able to steal the game on a night when Kobe Bryant was shooting straight fire and still rounded up 36 points. Kobe’s game is never sloppy, but the points he notched up didn’t do the trick last night. A true player like Kobe, I’m sure, will just look in the mirror and say “on to the next one…” and “next one” meaning Game 2…of course!

A proper player always reflects on their game to ensure they keep themselves in check at all times, so… I definitely need to touch on the key turn on points of last night’s game. The Mavs had five players in double-figure scoring…and you know what double-figures means…! Nowitzki led the team with 28 points. Jason Terry scored 15, Tyson Chandler had 11 points and nine rebounds, and Shawn Marion and Peja Stojakvoic each rounded up 10 points.

Although the Mavs couldn’t seem to find the basket in the last 6 minutes of the second quarter, they still continued to try and seal the deal. However, the Lakers were fired up and ended the half on a 14-2 run to take a 53-44 lead at intermission. The ensuing free throw by Bryant gave the Lakers a 53-44 lead at the half, as the Mavs were outscored 30-16 on points in the paint. To seal the deal, players need to be aggressive! Chandler explicitly said that his team needs to be the aggressor to win the series against the Lakers.  Despite that, the end to the disastrous first half for the Mavs spilled over into the start of the second half when the Mavs turned the ball over on their first three possessions, leading to seven quick points for the Lakers and a 60-44 advantage. But Kidd came out ready to rock and killed it with his five turnovers rounding out the third quarter. Every team presents a challenge, but if the Mavs continue to keep their game tight, they have a chance. At the end of the day, everyone wants a little challenge but I don’t think the Lakers are willing to “give it up” that easy, so it’s definitely going to be a tussle between the two teams in this series.

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