What a finish!  The Mavs and Lakers exchanged baskets for much of the last quarter, the Lakers maintaining their lead.  The Mavs kept moving the ball, finding the open man, and taking their shots.  Then, as the clock continued to tick off minute after minute, Peja Stoyakovic and Dirk Nowitzki went off.  Stoyakovic hit several clutch three-pointers, as did Nowitzki, and the Mavs were able to claw their way back.  Jason Terry hit a huge three-pointer as well, sealing the win with four clutch free throws. 

The Mavs won Game 3 by a score of 98-92, pushing the Lakers to the brink of elimination.  It was yet further evidence of the mental toughness and persistence of this team.  They did not give up when their shots were not falling and the Lakers seemed to have the game in hand.  A sweep would be just what this team would like to see as this would mean not having to return to Los Angeles and giving this veteran team a chance to rest.  Game 4 is Sunday afternoon at Dallas.  And of course, the Smoking Cuban will be there to provide live analysis.

Tags: Dallas Mavericks Dirk Nowitzki Jason Terry Peja Stojakovic

  • Leffty

    The difference in Game Three was the same as in the first two. The Mavs had good passing (assists on 70% of field goals), good outside shooting (41.4% from downtown), and they limited turnovers. They even forced two LA mistakes in the final four minutes that turned into four Mavericks points. That late turnover by Fisher–big credit due to Chandler–was the difference in the end. Check it out:

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