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Lakers-Mavericks Game 1: Mavericks rally to defeat the Lakers, 96-94

Lakers1_600 Mavericks 96, Lakers 94 (final)

After losing Game 1 in the last series against the New Orleans Hornets, the Lakers were certainly looking for a better start Monday night against the Dallas Mavericks in Game 1 of their Western Conference semifinal series.

But the Lakers built a 16-point lead only to lose, 96-94, putting themselves in the same hole they started the last series.

The final 1:20 went like this:

--Kobe Bryant hits a two to give the Lakers a 94-81 lead with 59 seconds to go.

--Dirk Nowitzki makes his shot and Dallas is down by one with 40 seconds to play.

--Bryant loses the ball with 20 seconds to play and it is the Mavericks' game to win.

--On the inbounds pass Pau Gasol fouls Nowitzki, who makes both free throws and the Mavericks lead, 95-94, with 19.5 seconds to play.

--Jason Kidd commits a non-shooting foul against Bryant with 8.8 seconds to play.

--Gasol loses the ball after the inbounds play and fouls Kidd, who makes one of two free throws, leaving the Lakers with 3.1 seconds to tie the score or win the game.

--Bryant misses a three-pointer at the buzzer off a well-designed inbounds play that gets him a clean look from the top of the three-point area.

Bryant was the game’s leading scorer with 36 points. Gasol added 15.

Nowitzki had 28 points and 15 rebounds to lead the Mavericks.


Lakers-Mavericks box score

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Lakers 92, Mavericks 89 (2:12 left in the fourth quarter)

Kobe Bryant rejoined the game with 6:38 to play. The Mavericks scored quickly but Bryant answered with a jumper. Then after a Mavericks miss, Lamar Odom drove to the basket and gave the Lakers a five-point lead with a little over five minutes to play.

After a Mavericks timeout, Dirk Nowitzki hit a fadeaway over some tough defense by Odom. After a Bryant miss, Nowitzki tried the same shot but missed.

Bryant then made a jumper, giving him 34 points in the game, and the lead was back to five. But an alley-oop to Tyson Chandler made it a three-point game. Bryant missed badly the next time down the court. Nowitzki then missed and there was a timeout with 2:12 to play.

Lakers 86, Mavericks 83 (6:38 left in fourth quarter)

Certainly Kobe Bryant has been the key for the Lakers but he needed a rest and he opened the fourth quarter on the bench, as he usually does.

A fadeaway by Dirk Nowitzki cut the Lakers' lead to five and three-pointer by Peja Stojakovic cut it to two. But a breakaway by Matt Barnes got it back to four. Nowitzki answered with a three-pointer and it was a one-point game with a little more than three minutes gone in the quarter.

After a timeout, Andrew Bynum went to the foul line and made both free throws. He now has eight points in the game. Jason Terry closed it to a one-point game and after a Shannon Brown miss the Mavericks had a chance to take the lead. But Nowitzki missed his shot and Brown made a basket underneath, was fouled, but missed the free throw.

J.J. Barea closed it back to a one-point game before the Lakers missed two shots. Jason Terry missed for Mavericks but Lamar Odom made a reverse under the basket as the teams headed to a timeout.

Lakers 78, Mavericks 71 (end of third quarter)

Coming out of the timeout, Kobe Bryant sank an uncontested jumper. The Mavericks had good ball movement and Tyson Chandler scored underneath. Ron Artest then put up an airball. Pau Gasol fouled Chandler, who missed the first of his foul shots but made the second.

Bryant came down court and made the next shot and the lead was back to four. Bryant then hit a three-pointer, giving him 27 points so far, and it was a seven-point lead.

The Mavericks then picked up a couple buckets and the Lakers' lead was cut to three. Bryant then got to 30 points with another three, but followed that up with a miss.

Phil Jackson’s normal substitution pattern would have Bryant on the bench resting at this point. But he waited until 41 seconds remained in the quarter to rest him. Gasol then hit two free throws and the Lakers were up by eight.                   

Gasol finished the quarter at the foul line, making both shots to give him 14 points and the Lakers a seven-point lead entering the fourth quarter.

Lakers 64, Mavericks 61 (5:19 left in third quarter)

Things started well in the second half for the Lakers as Ron Artest stole the ball on the Mavericks' first possession and drove in for a layup. The Lakers then followed that with a Pau Gasol slam and their lead was 13 points. After Derek Fisher stole the ball, Kobe Bryant hit a three-pointer and the Lakers were on a 7-0 run to start the half and a 21-2 run if you go back to the second quarter.

The Mavericks called a quick timeout, trailing by 16 points, with less than a minute and a half gone in the second half.

Dirk Nowitzki broke the Mavericks' dry spell with a jumper, which turned into a three-point play when Fisher fouled him.

Andrew Bynum countered with a nice hook shot but that was answered by Tyson Chandler. A turnover led to another Mavericks basket and the Lakers' lead was cut to 11 points. Fisher then missed a jumper and Jason Kidd hit a three-pointer to slice the Lakers' lead to eight.

But Bryant then made a basket, which was answered by Corey Brewer. Nowitzki closed Dallas' deficit to six points and the Staples Center crowd became nervous.  Artest then missed and Brewer made a three, cutting the once 16-point lead down to three.

Lakers 53, Mavericks 44 (halftime)

Out of the timeout, Lamar Odom fouled Dirk Nowitzki, who upped his point total to 10. Odom then scored, cutting the Mavericks lead to three.

The Lakers closed it to one, 38-37, on a fadeaway jumper by Kobe Bryant, his 11th and 12th points of the game. Nowitzki missed his next shot as did Ron Artest. But a bad pass gave the Lakers the ball back but Derek Fisher missed a layup. Jason Terry followed with a two and the Lakers just couldn’t shake the three-point spread

Coming out of a timeout Bryant missed a shot as did the Mavericks. The game closed to one when Pau Gasol converted on a Bryant miss. But Terry was hot and made a two, giving him 13 points. Odom answered that as the period headed to the two-minute mark.

Nowitzki missed his next shot and Fisher drove the floor, got the two, was fouled and converted for a three-point play. The Lakers had the lead, 44-42.

Things were getting spirited and the referees gave technicals to Tyson Chandler and Gasol.

After a miss, the Lakers drove down the court, Bryant was fouled, and suddenly the Lakers were up by four.

The Lakers caught another break when Chandler was assessed a foul, sending Gasol to the line. He missed his first foul shot but made the second. The Lakers picked up a block and Fisher drove the lane again for a basket and the Lakers were up by seven.

Nowitzki scored what should have been the last points of the quarter. But Terry fouled Odom on a desperation shot with less than one second left. Odom went to the line and made all three.

But things got worse for the Mavericks as Nowitzki was assessed a technical. Bryant made the shot and the Lakers were up by nine.

Bryant was the leading scorer for the Lakers with 15 points. Odom had 11. The Lakers were 20-for-42 shooting (48%).

Terry's 13 points led the Mavericks while Nowitzki had 12. The Mavericks shot 18 of 42 (43%).

Mavericks 39, Lakers 36 (6:15 left in second quarter)

The Lakers came out of the timeout by adding Pau Gasol to the lineup while Kobe Bryant stayed on the bench. It paid off when Gasol’s assist to Andrew Bynum gave the young center his first points of the game. The Mavericks answered and then a series of misses and fouls sent Jason Terry to the line. He made both free throws and the Mavericks' lead was five points.

With 6:34 to play, Bryant and Ron Artest rejoined the game and the Lakers had their starting five on the court.

Bynum then picked up a slam off another Gasol assist and the Lakers had closed the deficit it to three.

Mavericks 32, Lakers 29 (8:00 left in second quarter)

One thing the Lakers need to do as the second quarter starts is get Andrew Bynum involved in the game. In 10 minutes he was zero for two from the field with no rebounds.

Lamar Odom tied the score with a 11:18 left until haftime but Dirk Nowitzki answered with a two. After a three-second violation, Mavericks guard Jason Terry put the Lakers down by four.

The next few minutes saw a series of mistakes and the Lakers got back to within three points when Shannon Brown scored his third and fourth points of the game on a drive down the lane.   

The teams went into a timeout with the Lakers having the ball.

Mavericks 25, Lakers 23 (end of first quarter)

The Lakers did something they haven’t done too much: started a game strong. Kobe Bryant scored the first seven points for the Lakers. But as the quarter developed the Mavericks started getting hot from three-point range. They took the lead, 21-19, with about three minutes left in the quarter after a 9-1 run.

With 1:35 to play Jason Terry’s bucket gave the Mavericks a four-point edge. Lamar Odom then went to the line and made two free throws for the Lakers; it was the first bench points of the game for the Lakers. The Mavericks had 10 at that point. Matt Barnes then gave the Lakers two more points off the bench.

The Lakers closed it to two after a Mavericks miss but Steve Blake missed a three-pointer and the Lakers were down by two.

The Lakers were nine-for-23 shooting for the quarter while the Mavericks were 11 of 23. Each team sank three three-pointers.

Bryant was the leading scorer with 10. Dirk Nowitzki had six for the Mavericks.


The last time the Lakers were at Staples Center -- Game 5 of the New Orleans series -- all the talk was on how Kobe Bryant’s ankle would hold up. Clearly, it held up just fine.

But on Monday, before Game 1 of the Western Conference semifinal series against the Dallas Mavericks, the mood was very different.

“I think he’s a lot better,” Lakers Coach Phil Jackson said before the game. “He took a limited amount of shots (at the shootaround) and that’s always a good sign.”

Bryant is a lot different than Jackson’s previous superstar. Michael Jordan, when he played for the Bulls, did not have the injury problems and showed up for every practice with intensity. Bryant doesn’t really like to practice.

“I don’t anticipate that he’ll ever practice again,” Jackson joked before the game.

Staples Center is filling up and game time is approaching, Come back for updates throughout the game.

--John Cherwa

Photo: Lakers forward Ron Artest strips the ball from the grasp of Mavericks power forward Dirk Nowitzki in the first half Monday night at Staples Center. Credit: Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times

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Kobe's over-rated. He has 5 rings because of shaq and paula gasoft.

This should be an exciting series, I say Lakers in 7...or Mavs in 7. Heck, I don't know. Also, the fact that Kobe hasn't played Dirk in the playoffs should not be all that surprising.

Very interesting predicament. It's too bad the Pacific NW basketball fans didn't support their own teams the way they supported the Lakers. It's always sad to see towns lose their teams.

Posted by: Bay to LA | May 02, 2011 at 05:02 PM

Woah is that a dig?
The Grizz came to Vancouver in 96 Ive been a Lakers fan since '94.

The Mavs are not going away, easy! The girls will have to play this time around. Yes, this should be a good series. I want L.A. to win it. But, I'm torn becaues it is so nice to see the Lakers get their butts beaten.

Kobe wish he could come close to being mike jordan. Just like his coach is not the greatest, gaining his rings came at the expense of always for the most part of having a squad with the top players shaq, mike,Scottie, and the ever so arrogant overrated Kobe. Plus the teams when mike obtained his ring were better than most teams today the bad boy pistons, Portland,Celtics, magics laker's, hakeems rockets, malones jazz, barleys suns and sizers, cave and a few others. So let's keep it real for a change go mavs if not go thunder or go Memphis

Kobes hittin 40 tonight. Watch highlights and full games here





Lakers are lame...

End of an era.

Lakers and Celtics both going down.

Heat is winning the title.



Where's the 4-0? Haha. Mavz is the better team. Laker's over-rated.

Please, please, please.

Trade Pau Gasol this off season. Please.

yeah, i think heat win title this year, unfortunately

Where's the 4-0? Haha. Mavz is the better team. Laker's over-rated.

Lakers in 6

We're going to Dallas 0-2...

We might get swept.

We played ok tonight and still lost.

Barkley was right.

I say Mavs in 5

change the coach...end of the triangle offense...poor substitution....

no killer instinct.....poor coaching...led by 16 points...and still lose because of very poor coaching...

WOW- im saying this off season get rid of Brown, Blake and buy a pair of baalls for Pau....jeeeezus

Can some one tell me why you wouldn't play your best player the entire 4th Q? Regular season is for rest. Playoffs is to play!

What the PSP don't like is that Kobe played out of his mind and we still lost. The big men gotta step up. Where was the beast/MVP/best center in the league tonight? Phil has to take a large chunk of the blame for tonight's loss ( the man is an enigma; its just so hard to argue against him because the Phil people will throw 12 rings at you). Oh well, on to the next one.

PSP Officer

even with all the mistakes dallas made at end of second, lakers still couldn't win in the end. this series is over

Way to decide the game refs. What a horrible call and then non-call on Kidd HOLDING Kobe as he's trying to run. Give me a freaking break.

Laker fans' arrogance resulted karmatic armageddon. Predicting 4-0 is lame. Dallas will be the one advancing with 4-0! Beat L.A!!

We need to rebuild around Dwight Howard. I say we get rid of whoever we have to, get Howard to play with Kobe in his twilight years. Perhaps figure out a way to get CP3 as well...just make Kobe a jump shooter.

This team is done in its current configuration.

laker team one of the best and deep lineup in the league, defending champions...triangle is obsolete...waste of talent with poor coaching...i wish we have larry brown as our coach with this present lineup...

If you think taking 22 shots in 3 quarters is good for us then think again.
A championship team that blows 4th quarter leads, just can't get it done. We did it twice against NO. AGainst Dallas we just can't make those mental mistakes. That ego maniac ought to involve his team mates. Watch how he pouts in game 2 and refuse to shoot the ball. Spoilt brat!! We need to rebuild people, and Kobe should not be in our plans.

Bynum for Howard

Gasol for CP3

Game lost on Lady Gagasol, one stupid foul to give the Mavs the lead, then a SOFT turnover and multiple of soft plays throughout the game.


Phil, as always, waits too long to bring his starters back in. Eventually, that mindset, as well as not calling timeouts to stop an opposing teams momentum, will cost you.
It did tonight.
No, Pau didn't foul Dirk.
Yes, Kidd fouled Kobe.
Yes, we should have shot two FTs. Not the point.
We shouldn't have been in that position.
I stopped writing on the blog after I had my heart attack a year ago. Stopped watching the games live. DVR'd all of them. Including the finals.
I'm too passionate about the Lakers.
Shouldn't have watched live tonight. I won't make that mistake again.
Best to all.
Miss you Rick.

Christopher Blake

Phil Jackson is the worst coach in the world. I knew that when the Lakers were up by 16 in the 3rd that they were going to lose. How can you NOT call a time out to stop the run??????? Why do you leave Kobe out until the 6 minute mark??????? What happened to the ball movement. From the time the Lakers were up by 16, they started playing one on one the rest of the way. Totally pathetic. Phil Jackson has to go. After a crushing loss like this, like the game where Lakers were up by 24 in game 4 in 2008, they always go on to lose the series. Series over. Dynasty over. Good bye Phil Jackson, but you're all washed up. Bynum, take your 3-8 and enjoy your career in Orlando because Howard's taking your place.

Lakers were robbed. I watched every moment, and the officials ROBBED this game. What a joke. Anything to create drama. NBA SHAME ON YOU for terrible officiating. The Mav's had nothing on the Lakers, and you ROBBED us of victory. Drama for TV...what do you expect?

U should blame Kobe and not Gasol. He is responsible for this loss. U would think he would have learned something this late in his career. Never involves his team mates, and when he gets tired he expects them to bail him out.

Smoke anyone?

I want to rationalize and figure out a way of spinning this loss, but I can't. Kobe played out of his mind and we still lost...

We just aren't very good this year. It has nothing to do with motivation or anything, we got old and we aren't as good.

Same thing is happening to the Celtics.

Dallas isn't very good, but they are better than we are.

Nobody from the west is going to beat Miami anyway.

Refs completely gave it away down the stretch.

Even Mavs fans have to admit it, the last 3 points from the Mavs were complete gifts from the officials who then completely ignored Kidd's hold on Kobe on the other end.

They couldn't win on their own, had to have the refs help. We'll see how long that holds up.

WTF Pau?! Is he going to step it up or what? Soft, soft, soft. So tired of him flailing and losing the ball. Bad foul on Dirk at the end of the game. Bench was bad too but I gotta put more blame on Pau. He's been sleepwalking thru the playoffs; he doesn't fight for position, he's catching the ball at the elbow or and even farther out. It's beyond ridiculous. What is going on with him?

Terrible loss. But Lakers will adjust and improve as they always do! Watch for Bynum to dominate. My prediction stands- Lakers in 6!

We still lost for the reason you gave. He should not be playing out of his mind on this team. He is supposed to involve his team mates. Period!!

Keep in mind that these players have their Option after next season, just like Melo did this year:


We have Bynum's Option, so

Bynum for Howard and Gasol for DWill or CP3 is very possible.

The only thing the B's kill is the lead!!


yeah Lakers in 6.

Like in 6 days they will be on vacation until October.

We should see if we can trade Kobe for CP3.

If the Lakers get bounced in this years playoffs, there is only one person to blame -- Zen Master Phil Jackson. This team has dwindled more leads and lost more games, most recent game 1 against Dallas, because Phil has grown tired to stand up, call timeout and make tough substitutions.

Look at the film, how many leads have we lost because Ron Artest or Shannon Brown got trigger happy behind the three point arc with a ton of time on the shot clock. Those careless plays have become commonplace and lead to opposing teams getting back into games. Any other coach would wrangle that it. Mentally, Phil appears to be in Montana already...

I love all these anti-Phil posts. The guy has the most championships and still doesn't get the benefit of the doubt.

I'm pretty sure these so-call experts posting here didn't even make the JV "B" team.

Can you say - Must win???

DJ, Lakers can't trade both Gasol AND Bynum and just have Howard. They're going to end up just like Orlando. As weak as Gasol is, they have to keep him. This team is done.

Paula wearing his pink panties tonight.

Kobe frustrated.

Artest missing shots, leading to fast break baskets.

Blake is the biggest bust in years.

This team is beyond pathetic. Defending champs losing 4th quarter leads? That is unheard of.



It's not Phil -- he's doing what he's always done. The players don't have it anymore.

Let's face it: Gasol is the X Factor. He was the factor that allowed us to win the last two titles and he is the factor that is getting us bounced this year.

I don't know what's wrong with him, but he sure stinks right now.

Kobe was 14-29, just under 50% and 4-9 from 3 land. Absolutely great game!

Phil is OVER- RATED!!

That is why Kobe needs to involve him early in games, so that he gets comfortable in the 4th. Jacking up 22 shots in 3 quarters just is not going to cut it.

Phil Jackson is the dumbest and most stubborn coach ever. How can such a stupid man win 11 rings? He had great players and he manages egos fairly well but how many times does he have to lose before he dumps his stupid philosophy of "letting players figure it out". You think these guys even have an opportunity to figure it out when emotions are hire and the game is going so fast! Think about it you moron! God I'm sick of Phil. I was literally pleading for a timeout and he finally did when it was down to 3 and too late. I normally don't write and only read the blog but I have to contribute tonight to let it off my chest. Pau needs to step up his game and wake up. Turn overs and sloppy plays! Stop shooting outside dump the ball inside, work inside/out. At least if you get the ball down low there won't be any long rebounds and run outs. Regardless of the refs the Lakers lost this, don't blame the refs. It was lack of execution in the 4th and Lakers all watching Kobe again.


I'll take it!

DJ, i disagree. He has to involve the other players early and take over late.

@keen observer: Kobe's teammates need to be more aggressive (I'm looking at you, Pau Gasoft). I put less fault on Bynum--once again the Lakers go away from the gameplan and jack up jumpers (Ron, Shannon)--and were not getting him the ball. Bench refused to pass to AB in the 4th qtr. Pau on the other hand--he got his touches and as usual, passed up the chance to get down low and be aggressive.

At least Kobe was hot, knocking down shots.

Excellent moderation job LA Times. Just top-notch. I can see why Pau-Gasol-loves-cock shouldn't be censored.... no wait, no I can't.

DJ shouldnt you be working on your swing??

Keep telling you folks, Lakers are highly overrated.
I know is hard to deal with an 11-ring guru but he made a bonehead move at the end.
Too much Kobe turns him into mambrika, and Gasoft, well he will never be Kirk.
Lakers keep playing down like this will eventually bite them in the butt.

Hey, we won and I got a couple hits, you know slow but sure, ha, ha!

kimD, i disagree. Teh last time someone tried to be aggressive we all saw what happened. He is the best player on the team, he is supposed to make it easier for everyone else. He can't take all teh shots and expect the other players to contribute in the 4th when he is tired/double teamed. he needs to stop this one man show nonsense.

Lakers should work on their acting skills

Acting basketball 101

when a defensive player puts a hand on you...
you fall down with your arms flailing a little scream for added effect.

Now, i have to deal with 2 days of nonsense from ESPN.

DJ - Are you over the Mendoza line yet??

will Phil ever take any responsibilty?

Phil Jackson lost this game -- single handedly.

Lakers played well but chuckers on LA lead to Dallas transition points and. 16 point lead cut to 3.

Phil Jackson needs to get off his leathery butt...err ergonomic chair and call timeouts to bench chuckers.

Not exactly sure who Kobe's supposed to pass to?

Artest 1-8.
Gasols' last two minutes.
Bad calls by the refs.
Hey, we almost won.
We will on Wednesday.
Meanwhile, can' wait to see
Miami and Boston play.
I love Basketball and the
Los Angeles Lakers.

"I love all these anti-Phil posts. The guy has the most championships and still doesn't get the benefit of the doubt.

I'm pretty sure these so-call experts posting here didn't even make the JV "B" team."

Still doesn't change the fact that PJ lost them the game and probably the series. The reason why he should have called a time out in the 3rd isn't just to stop the run but to settle them down and have them go back to the offense that got them the lead, by playing the inside outside game, ball movement, etc. When Kobe and Artest started to jack up shots, even with the very first shot, he should have called a time out to correct that. That's what a good coach does.

Regardless, this Mavs are NOT the Hornets. Not only do they have an unstoppable scorer in Dirk, but excellent 3 point shooters from the perimeter. The Hornets had Chris Paul and a bunch of role players who were playing out of their minds, but their lack of experience and the fact that they're just not that good showed through in games 5 and 6. You're not going to get that from the Mavs.

I've seen so many NBA games in my life that from the moment the Lakers were up by 16, I accurately predicted exactly what was going to happen from that moment, like Kobe going one one one, followed by a 3 by Dirk(shot and foul - I totally called that although I thought he'd sink a 3) followed by several easy transition baskets by the Mavs. From that point on, I knew it'd be close.

What's shocking was how cocky Kobe was even though it was a close game.

In the end, when the Lakers were up by 1, I again called Kobe's turnover, then Mavs making 2(although I didn't think that Gasol would foul Dirk), followed by another turnover, then a foul by Lakers, and Kobe missing a 3 to end the game.

Mavs in 6. Just watch.

Where are the Lakers going fishing???

I'm up to .250 and CLIMBING, ha, ha!

Bad coaching tonight by Phil Jackson.Kept Bryant way too long on the bench when lead could have been extended early in fourth quater.He gambled and that cost the lakers.Odom and Artest (too happy shooting 3s) missed a lot in crucial stretches of the game.But coach kept them in the game.The lakers seemed in control for most of the game but lost due to bad rotations,timeout mismanagement.Kobe didn't need the rest they gave him.These are the playoffs! keep your stars in the game until the win is secure especially after 4 days of rest.

He is supposed to find easier shots for his team mates. Period. Get in the lane, give a pass to a big for a dunk. How hard can that be? Dirk took 22 shots in 4 quarters and he played 2 minutes more than Kobe. Go figure. Youu think Dirk can't jack up 30 shots?

Key to winning 11 championships

keep your 2 best starters out of half the fourth quarter.

can't argue with the success rate but damn

Jason Kidd controlled the outcome of this game. 2 treys, 11 assists and 3 steals (none bigger than the last one). Sure he may have fouled, and maybe DWade may have gotten that call if he (rather than Kobe was grabbed), but we shouldn't have placed ourselves in that situation i.e. 1 down with 20secs to play if we had played more consistently.

The good thing is i have faith that PJ and the Lakers will figure this one out. Let's start with a game plan to 'cut off the snake's head' like what we did during the 1st Round. Let's throttle Kidd and Barea, and the entire snake will fall.


well, once again the lakers bench gets detroyed. yes, kidd absolutely got away with holding kobe on that possession, but it should have never gotten that close. lamar is the ONLY bright spot, and giving up 40 points to the dallas bench is UNACCEPTABLE! dirk will put in 30, fine, but you can't give up 10 points to stojakovic, 15 to terry and expect to win. and what was wrong with ron ron tonight? i want to see him get under the basket and use his strength, just like he was doing against NO. time to bounce back, must win game 2 want your fourth ThreePeat and chance to retire as the best?

Contribute to the effort you lazy bum!

Bench chuckers immediately and stop preaching momentum if you won't use your timeouts to stop opposing teams!

This season is squarely on you Phil.....earn one of these will you?

But at what point do Kobe's teammates take some responsibility? Does Kobe have to literally hand the ball to Pau, hold his hand and walk his @ss to the basket? Sometimes you just gotta man up already and demand the ball and show you are aggressive.

Laekers will win both games in Dallas.

Mavs are the gayest team...

Stupid mavs fans. never won shit in your life..

Never will

Lakers in 6

Michael Dills,

You realize that Dallas played about how they normally play all the time, and so did the Lakers and we lost. We're 2 very evenly matched teams and one loss like this will determine the entire series.

Makes me sick, but Mavs in 6.

Same old deal as against Nawlans, lose 1st game and take the series in 6.

Kobe is the team captain. He should help his team mates out. Jacking up 22 shots in 3 quarters, is not helping them out. He did that in GM 1 against the Hornets and we lost. Lamar calls him out and he plays game 2 pouting and taking 10 shots. You think his team mates will feel comfortable calling him out again? You can't shot circuit the offense and expect your team mates to deliver in teh 4th quarter. It just won't happen. Involve them early, let them feel comfortable and take over in the 4th. Taht is how you play basketball.

Hilarious...if you're going to call a ticky tack foul on one end then call it on the other end.

For all the idiots blaming Phil and ignoring the fact that the replays clearly show Kidd holding Kobe at the end (while Pau's fouls was anything but clear on the German) just stfu. The refs ruined what could have been a great ending (although the LAkers should have never been in that position.

Will always lose game 1 and make adjustments

You thing Bynum and Artest will be this pathetic for the rest of the series?

Hell no



Earn your ridiculous paycheck Phil.

Take your timeouts to preserve leads and to smack chuckers upside the head.

Story line Pau is Gasoft! He causes me pain, he shall be renamed from henceforth.........Pauch (Pau + Ouch)! How can something so soft be so painful?

Maybe another shoulder shrug and dumb look will do the trick!

Do you know how many 4th quarter leads we have lost this season? It is just simply amazing.

1 bad call by the ref and 2 bad plays by Kobe is what lost the Lakers game 1..
It's amazing how many people on here type in GASOFT and ask for Pau to be traded, I guess some people forgot that since acquiring Gasol the Lakers have made 3 straight finals appearances....WINNING 2 OF THEM!

Looks like early golf this year!!

If you watch the replays, you can see that Kidd didn't touch Kobe. Kobe just freaking fell.
Even though I'm a Mavs fan, I must agree with Phil Jackson in that I think the Lakers are a small sense a better team than the Mavs.
Nonetheless, it was an exhilarating game! Can't wait to watch game 2~!!

disagree, a little different than the NO first game. The Lakers were blown out in that game

In this game everything was going the Lakers way, the Mavs lost their composure then rergrouped and played with intelligence and purpose. The Lakers were the ones who lost their composure plus given the fact the Phil is still teaching his players lessons instead of coaching.... this game feels no way near the first game against New Orleans.

DJ, Dallas is NOT the Hornets. Mavs would have crushed the Hornets in 4.


just a lazy cocky attitude tonight. no freakin intensity.

mavs had no business being in this game. NONE!

lakers dont take them seriously let them hang around and then think they can just flip the switch at the end.

mavs didnt win this.. lakers just GAVE ONE AWAY.

inexcusable not to protect a big 3rd quarter lead.. this is why phil is the most mysterious man in the world.. no timeouts.. just phil being phil.. leave it to the players again but this time kobe does not bail him out..

whatever.. games like these are the hardest ones to watch... good thing its only the mavs not a real playoff contender or its serious panic time.

Too bad Lakers, this isnt Nawlns!!

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