Lakers Vs. Mavericks, Game 4: Dallas Completes Sweep Of Champs With Dominant Rout, 122-86

Dallas rocked an imploding Lakers team out of the playoffs in what was likely Phil Jackson's last game.

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Pau Gasol Alludes To Off-Court Problems After Lakers' Stunning Sweep At Hands Of Mavericks

Pau Gasol was a real problem for the Los Angeles Lakers during the team's embarrassing four-game sweep at the hand of the Dallas Mavericks. He averaged 12.5 points per game on 42 percent shooting, and nine rebounds per game. More importantly, he was just awful in about every attempt to defend Dirk Nowitzki, the Mavericks power forward who crushed L.A. at seemingly every turn.

Through the series, rumors circulated about relationship drama Gasol was going through. The Lakers' power forward alluded to his off-court issues in his post-game remarks after L.A.'s crushing Game 4 defeat. From Yahoo!'s Marc J. Spears:

"I'm going to look back and see everything that's been going on," he said. "Try to handle it better. And whatever goes on, on or off the floor, just try to keep it that way and not let it affect anything that goes on on the floor."

Gasol was the key to the Lakers' back-to-back titles in 2009 and 2010; the Lakers were wildly unsuccessful in the playoffs during the era after Shaquille O'Neal had been traded and before Pau was acquired. It'll be interesting to see how much goodwill he's burned this season.

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Lakers Vs. Mavericks Final Score: Dallas Bounces L.A. From Playoffs With 122-86 Victory

The Dallas Mavericks swept the defending NBA champion Los Angeles Lakers from the 2011 NBA Playoffs with a 122-86 victory on Sunday afternoon. Jason Terry and the Mavs tied a couple of playoff records in the victory. Terry sank nine free throws and the Mavs made 20 as a team. 

This game was definitely Jason Terry's to own. He led the team with 32 points, but he also had help from his fellow reserves. Peja Stojakovic connected on six treys on his way to 21 points, and Jose Barea added 22 points and dished the ball out for eight assists. Dirk Nowitzki was the only Mavericks starter to score in double digits (12 points). 

Barea was on the nasty end of a flagrant elbow by Andrew Bynum in the quarter. Bynum and Lamar Odom were both ejected in the fourth quarter, the former for the elbow and the latter for a flagrant foul on Nowitzki.

While the Mavericks shot 60.3 percent from the field, the Lakers struggled to make 37.8 percent of their shots. Kobe Bryant led the team with 17 points, but it was not a good effort at all by the Lakers in what is now Phil Jackson's final game as a head coach.

The Mavericks will play the winner of the Oklahoma City Thunder-Memphis Grizzlies series. Memphis leads, 2-1.

Be sure to check out our Lakers vs. Mavericks hub for full series coverage. For more on the Lakers, visit Silver Screen And Roll and SB Nation Los Angeles. For more on the Mavericks, visit Mavs Moneyball and SB Nation Dallas.

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Andrew Bynum, Lamar Odom Ejected For Flagrant Fouls Late In Lakers' Game 4 Vs. Mavericks

When the Lakers implode, they at least do it in horrific ways. Andrew Bynum and Lamar Odom being ejected for ugly fouls in the fourth quarter of Game 4 of their Western Conference Semifinals defeat-to-be against the Mavericks certainly qualifies.

Odom earned his ticket to the locker room for a flagrant foul against Dirk Nowitzki on a screen; Bynum upstaged his teammate by throwing a forearm into an airborn J.J. Barea, crumpling him, and being ejected for his trouble.

Barea made the shot. Bynum made his way to the locker room, stripping off his jersey, and might face a suspension for a cheap shot that Mike Tirico termed "disgusting."

And you thought the Lakers' nadir would be Ron Artest's bricked lay-up.

Be sure to check out our Lakers vs. Mavericks hub for full series coverage. For more on the Lakers, visit Silver Screen And Roll and SB Nation Los Angeles. For more on the Mavericks, visit Mavs Moneyball and SB Nation Dallas.

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Lakers Vs. Mavericks Score: Dallas Dominating LA With One Quarter Left

Jason Terry continued his three-point assault on the Los Angeles Lakers in the third quarter, as his Mavericks now lead, 86-62. Terry now has nine successful threes (six in the first half) to tie an NBA record for threes in a playoff game. His 32 points along with a combined 27 from Jose Barea and Peja Stojakovic has the Mavs' bench almost outscoring the entire Lakers team, 62-59.

Out of the Mavs' starters, Dirk Nowitzki has 12 points and seven rebounds, but the bench is this game's story.

Kobe Bryant got stuck on 15 points in the third quarter, missing all three shots he attempted. Ron Artest missed an easy dunk midway through the quarter, in what could be considered a momentum breaker of the team.

The Mavs are one quarter away from sweeping the defending champions.

Be sure to check out our Lakers vs. Mavericks hub for full series coverage. For more on the Lakers, visit Silver Screen And Roll and SB Nation Los Angeles. For more on the Mavericks, visit Mavs Moneyball and SB Nation Dallas.

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Lakers Vs. Mavericks Score: Jason Terry Leads Dallas To Large Halftime Lead, 63-39

At halftime, the Dallas Mavericks' Jason Terry has nailed six three-pointers to help his team to a 24-point lead over the Los Angeles Lakers, 63-39. Terry started out with five-straight successful threes, four in the second quarter, and finished the half with 20 points.

Terry and his fellow reserves, Jose Barea and Peja Stojakovic, have combined for 40 points. Stojakovic helped the Mavericks to 11 threes on 15 attempts by sinking three of his own. Eleven three-pointers in the half is an NBA Playoffs record.

Kobe Bryant is attempting to keep the Lakers in the game with his 15 points. He's attempted 13 shots, more than double his nearest teammate. Unlike the Mavericks, the Lakers have struggled from three-point land, making just one on eight attempts.

Will the Lakers mount a second-half comeback to stave off elimination?

Be sure to check out our Lakers vs. Mavericks hub for full series coverage. For more on the Lakers, visit Silver Screen And Roll and SB Nation Los Angeles. For more on the Mavericks, visit Mavs Moneyball and SB Nation Dallas.

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Lakers Vs. Mavericks Score: Kobe Bryant Scoring, But Mavs Lead

At the end of the first quarter, Kobe Bryant has taken eight shots, but if it'd been up to him he would've taken even more. He hit six of them and has scored 13 in total, but it probably wouldn't hurt the Los Angeles Lakers' chances of surviving against the Dallas Mavericks if one of his teammates could convert as well. The rest of L.A.'s roster: two-of-11.

It will satisfy the traditional Lakers-hater or just Kobe-hater to know Dallas is leading 27-23 at the end of the first and has done so by spreading the ball around. Eight Mavs have scored. Tyson Chandler leads with five, backed by four each for Dirk Nowiztki and Shawn Marion.

Dallas hit four of its seven three-point attempts, while the Lakers whiffed on all five of their deep tries.

Be sure to check out our Lakers vs. Mavericks hub for full series coverage. For more on the Lakers, visit Silver Screen And Roll and SB Nation Los Angeles. For more on the Mavericks, visit Mavs Moneyball and SB Nation Dallas.

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Lakers Vs. Mavericks, Game 4: Dirk Nowitzki, Dallas On Precipice Of Shocking Sweep Of Champs

On Sunday, the Dallas Mavericks have the opportunity to execute the most shocking NBA Playoffs upset since, well, 2007. Dallas needs one more win to sweep the Los Angeles Lakers, winners of three consecutive Western Conference titles and two straight NBA Championships. Dallas has won two stunning last-minute comebacks in the series, bookending a thorough beatdown in L.A. Game 4 is in Dallas; coverage begins at 3:30 p.m. ET on ABC.

The Memphis Grizzlies knocked off the San Antonio Spurs as an eighth seed in the first round this year, but San Antonio was banged up and Memphis played wonderfully down the stretch. Though the Mavericks finished the season with a record identical to that of the Lakers', they were seen as wild underdogs in this series. The Mavericks have struggled in the playoffs since losing the 2006 NBA Finals, and the Lakers have obviously been quite good.

That 2007 series that "Mavericks sweep Lakers" could replace as the reigning shocker of the league? That'd be Warriors over Mavericks, in which a 67-win Dallas team fell to the eighth-seed Warriors. Killing that legacy would make a sweep over the Lakers doubly amazing.

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

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