Lakers Vs. Mavericks, Game 1: Dallas Comes From Behind Late To Grab 96-94 Victory

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Corey Brewer Provides Energy For Mavericks In Game 1 Victory Over Lakers

The Mavericks' 96-94 victory over the Lakers in Los Angeles in Game 1 of their Western Conference Semifinals series was a bit unexpected, but the role unheralded reserve Corey Brewer played in the victory might have been the biggest surprise. Brewer came off the bench to score five points in just eight minutes, but his energy helped spark the Mavs in the second half.

Some quotes on Brewer, from Mavs Moneyball's comprehensive Game 1 recap:

Rick Carlisle:

"We needed energy. We needed enthusiasm. Ever since we got Brewer, he's come into practice every day with a phenomenal attitude. He has worked to get better and has gotten better. He had opportunities to go to other teams for more money and as good a winning situation as ours was. You're talking about a kid who won two national championships in a row, so he knows about big games. We got in a dire situation and he went in there and made some good things happen for us."

Brewer:

"It shows that the guys are counting on me. "They want me to go in and do good for the team. And for a guy like JET to tell me to be ready, ‘You know, we’re gonna need you,’ it means a lot. I just tried to go in and bring some energy, help the team any way I can."

Be sure to check out our Lakers vs. Mavericks hub for more on the series. For more on the Mavericks, visit Mavs Moneyball. For more on the Lakers, visit Silver Screen And Roll.

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Lakers Killed By Kobe Bryant, Pau Gasol Mistakes, But Let's Not Get Carried Away

The mythical struggle between Kobe Bryant's selfishness and Pau Gasol's lack of guts rears its nonexistent head after the Los Angeles Lakers' Game 1 loss to the Dallas Mavericks.

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Ron Artest Awful In Lakers' Game 1 Loss To Mavericks

Game 1 of the second round NBA Playoffs series between the Los Angeles Lakers and Dallas Mavericks was generally well-played, with the challengers come up with some clutch possessions on both ends to come away with a victory. If there's one vital player who stood out for the wrong reasons, it'd be Lakers small forward Ron Artest, who had a rough night from the floor.

Artest shot just 1-8, and 0-3 on three-pointers. He also had three turnovers, and was a general drain on the Lakers' efforts. Dexter Fishmore of Silver Screen And Roll notes that Artest's back-up Matt Barnes was bad, too, and that the Lakers' biggest issue was a reliance on the perimeter game.

The individual stats for a lot of these bros are terrible, but it all just hints at the real problem, which was an overreliance on the perimeter game. As a team the Lakers allowed themselves to play impatiently. Too many possessions ended with an ill-considered heave from behind the arc without the ball even finding its way to the low blocks.

Artest has had bad nights before, and has bounced back to help the Lakers win important games ... like Game 7 of the NBA Finals. But Ron-Ron's expressed frustration at his role in the offense before, and the more frustrated he gets, the worse it will be for Los Angeles. Monday's game won't help.

For more on the Lakers, visit Silver Screen And Roll.

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Lakers Vs. Mavericks, Game 1: Dallas Erases 16-Point Deficit To Stun Los Angeles, 96-94

Dirk Nowitzki made two big free throws with 19.5 seconds remaining, as the Dallas Mavericks erased a 16-point deficit to beat the two-time defending NBA champion Los Angeles Lakers, 96-94, in Game 1 of their Western Conference semifinal series.

Nowitzki ended with 28 points and 14 rebounds for the third-seeded Mavericks, who needed six games to beat Portland in the first round. Jason Terry added 15 points off the bench.

Kobe Bryant finished with 36 points and five rebounds for the second-seeded Lakers, who defeated the Hornets in six games to advance.

Pau Gasol donated 15 points and 11 boards, while Lamar Odom tallied 15 and 12 in defeat.

The teams finished with identical 57-25 records during the regular season, but the Lakers won the season series, 2-1, to earn home-court advantage in the first playoff meeting between the teams since 1988.

The Mavericks came into Monday’s game with an 0-10 mark on the road against the Lakers in the playoffs.

Game 2 of the set will be Wednesday in LA.

Be sure to check out our Lakers vs. Mavericks hub for more on the series. For more on the Mavericks, visit Mavs Moneyball. For more on the Lakers, visit Silver Screen And Roll.

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Lakers Vs. Mavericks: Kobe's 14 Points Lead Lakers To 53-44 Halftime Lead

After trailing by two after one quarter, the Los Angeles Lakers found their shooting touch in the second quarter and take a 53-44 lead over the Dallas Mavericks into halftime.

Kobe Bryant has 15 points and 4 rebounds so far while Lamar Odom is proving support off the bench with 11 points and 5 rebounds. Pau Gasol also added 9 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists.

Jason Terry leads the Mavs with 13 points off the bench while Dirk Nowitzki has 12 points.

Unfortunately, that duo also gave away four points to the Lakers right before the half. Terry fouled Odom while launching a 70-foot jumper at the buzzer. Dirk followed that up by giving away a technical foul as the Lakers went into the locker-room with four freebie foul shots.

Be sure to check out our Lakers vs. Mavericks hub for more on the series. For more on the Mavericks, visit Mavs Moneyball. For more on the Lakers, visit Silver Screen And Roll.

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Lakers Vs. Mavericks: Kobe Has 10 But Dallas Leads 25-23 After First

Kobe Bryant has ten points for the Los Angeles Lakers. Unfortunately for him, no one else on his team seems to feel like scoring.

After the first quarter of Game 1 of their NBA Playoff series, the Lakers trail the Dallas Mavericks 25-23.

Pau Gasol has six points for Los Angeles but no other Laker has over four.

Dirk Nowitzki leads Dallas with eight points and three rebounds so far while Jason Terry has seven points off the bench. Jason Kidd has three points and four assists for the Mavs.

Dallas is shooting slightly better so far but it’s early goings. Expect the Lakers to wake up soon. But even if they don’t, Kobe’s already up and running.

Be sure to check out our Lakers vs. Mavericks hub for more on the series. For more on the Mavericks, visit Mavs Moneyball. For more on the Lakers, visit Silver Screen And Roll.

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Lakers Vs. Mavericks, Game 1: Kobe Bryant, Dirk Nowitzki Meet With Gold On Their Minds

Did the Los Angeles Lakers get their only Western Conference challenge out of the way in the first round by dispatching the extraordinary Chris Paul? Or was that just a sample of the drama to come? Did the Dallas Mavericks win their only triumph of the 2011 NBA Playoffs in the first round? Or was that simply a stepping stone to final victory?

We'll find out over the next couple weeks, as the Lakers and Mavericks tip off their second-round series on Monday (10:30 p.m. ET, TNT). The teams actually haven't met in the playoffs since the 1988 Western Conference Finals; that Kobe Bryant and Dirk Nowitzki, two of the very best players of their generation, have never had a single postseason battle is something amazing (and a bit sad).

Game 1 should be a tone-setter in two of the biggest battles within this war: Kobe Bryant vs. the Mavericks' defense, and the Dallas frontcourt vs. the Lakers' deep frontcourt. Nowitzki is the best big man in the series, but Andrew Bynum had a great series against the New Orleans Hornets, Pau Gasol is an All-Star and Lamar Odom was the Sixth Man of the Year. Tyson Chandler was a strong indicator of the Mavericks' success in the first round; when on his game, he added another dimension to the team's offense and provided great finishing for Jason Kidd.

Be sure to check out our Lakers vs. Mavericks hub for more on the series. For more on the Mavericks, visit Mavs Moneyball. For more on the Lakers, visit Silver Screen And Roll.

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