Looking back at the Dallas Mavericks first playoff series win

Dallas Mavericks Rolando Blackman (Photo by Focus on Sport/Getty Images)
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Game 3

Seattle put the Dallas Mavericks on the brink in game three. They outscored them by 15 in the third quarter and never looked back in taking the 104-94 win. It gave the Sonics a chance to close out the series on their home floor.

Seattle was balanced again. Jack Sikma had 23 points and 17 rebounds. Gus Williams produced 19 points and 15 assists. Tom Chambers netted 16 with Al Wood putting in 18.

The Mavericks struggled to find their shot. The team finished 30 of 82 from the field. Aguirre had 25 points on 23 shots. Rolando Blackman was the only starter to hit north of 40 percent from the field. It certainly cost the Mavericks.

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Game 4

Dallas was not going down without a fight. They immediately took control of game four with 27 first quarter points. The Mavericks kept the pedal to the floor in picking up the 107-96 win in Seattle.

In contrast to game three, every Mavericks starter shot over 43 percent from the field with Blackman, Cummings, and Davis each hitting 50. Aguirre led the way with 29 points and 11 rebounds. Blackman and Jay Vincent both finished with more than 20.

Gus Williams struggled from the field in game four. He was just five of 16, and the Sonics could not recover.

That meant the series shifted back to Dallas for game five. It was going to be an all or nothing contest, but there was a problem.

Next: Game 5