DALLAS – For all the 3-point shooting records the Dallas Mavericks challenged and tied here Sunday, it was the record their bench brigade set that stands out the most.
Jason Terry (32), Jose Barea (22) and Peja Stojakovic became the first set of teammates to score 20 or more points off the bench in a playoff game.
They led a bench surge in the Mavericks’ Game 4 win over the Los Angeles Lakers that equaled the 86 points the Lakers scored. They made all but four of the record-tying 20 shots from beyond the 3-point line the Mavericks sank in the game. Terry tied an NBA postseason record with nine makes (in 10 attempts) from deep and was 6-for-7 before halftime, while Stojakovic was a perfect 6-for-6 from long-range.
“We had a lot of guys play great,” Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle said. “Jet’s shotmaking was breathtaking, really. The 3-point shot is a big part of the game right now; it’s been a big part of the success that we’ve been able to have.”
It was a dazzling display, to say the least. Even more dazzling when you consider that the Mavericks shot the cover off of the ball for all four games of this stunning sweep of the two-time defending champion Lakers. They finished the series 49-for-106 from deep and set the NBA record for the most 3-pointers made in a four-game series, surpassing the 45 Orlando made against Charlotte in the first round last season.
No one enjoyed it more than Barea, the pint-sized unsung hero of this series who was the victim of vicious shots from both Ron Artest (in Game 2) and Andrew Bynum (Game 4).
“It was awesome and I wanted to give it all for my teammates to get a win tonight so I came off the bench with a lot of energy and the pick and roll was really working for us,” Barea said after notching his career playoff scoring high. “We were running them a lot and it was just awesome.”
It’s not hard to be awesome when you have shooting stars like Terry and Stojakovic coming off your bench. They set the record for the most 3-pointers made by a pair of teammates in an NBA playoff game.
Their reward is not only a trip to the Western Conference finals but a few days rest for veterans on a seasoned team that could use a little break.
“It’s good for me,” Terry joked while sitting alongside Dirk Nowitzki during the post game news conference. “How old are you Dirk? I know it’s good for [Jason] Kidd.”
Terry and his bench crew were really good to the Mavericks in this series. They outscored the Lakers’ reserves 189-89, with Terry leading the way.
“He’s been doing that the whole playoffs,” Kidd said. “For some odd reason they were leaving him open this afternoon and he was doing what he does best, and that is catch and shoot, and he made quite a few of them. If it wasn’t Jet, it was Peja, he went 6-for-6 [from 3-point range] and so you got two of your best guys going. It stretches the defense.”