The Western Conference is looking very accessible nowadays. And even after the L.A. Lakers blew a 16-point lead in the second half, Kobe Bryant had two opportunities in the end to get the W for his team but the Dallas Mavericks’ big comeback was already taking over. The Mavs was falling behind by seven points entering the fourth period in the semis game-opener, but outscored the Lakers to take the victory. Basketball scores.
Nowitzki led Dallas with an outstanding performance as he finished with 28 points and hit two go-ahead free throws with 19.5 seconds left before Gasol and Bryant made a decisive turnover, and the Mavericks rallied for a 96-94 victory in Game 1 on Monday night.
The Lakers are “highly concerned,” according to what Bryant said, who scored 21 of his 36 points in the second half. “This team can beat us, it’s clear.” It is known that in previous years, the Mavericks almost always walked away with a defeat from Staples. But as Tyson Chandler says, these are not the same old Mavs. Basketball odds.
Gasol had 15 points, 11 rebounds and seven assists for the Lakers, who lost their second Game 1 in a row in these playoffs. Lamar Odom contributed with 15 points for Los Angeles but it wasn’t enough to avoid the loss.
Dallas made a 20-6 run soon after trailing 60-44 to start the third quarter. Bryant singlehandedly kept the Lakers leading the game with 12 straight points, however coach Phil Jackson blamed the crush on that stretch of dreadful basketball after taking an imposing lead. Basketball spreads.
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Game 2 is Wednesday night at Staples Center.
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