Atlanta Hawks (5) @ Chicago Bulls (1)
5/2: Game One--Hawks 103, BULLS 95 (1-0, Atlanta)
5/4: Game Two--BULLS 86, Hawks 73 (1-1, Tie)
|Marvin Williams's 2-9 shooting in Game|
Two wasn't good enough for the Hawks
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Dallas Mavericks (3) @ Los Angeles Lakers (2)
5/2: Game One--Mavericks 96, LAKERS 94 (1-0, Dallas)
5/4: Game Two--Mavericks 93, LAKERS 81 (2-0, Dallas)
Unlike the Bulls, the Los Angeles Lakers could not salvage even one game on their home floor--and now they head out to Dallas in a 2-0 hole. Game Two wasn't nearly as close as Dirk and Kobe's first playoff matchup on Monday, as Dallas won by 12 going away. Their big outburst came in the middle of the fourth quarter, as Dallas held the Lakers to only two points from the nine-minute mark to the four-minute mark of the final period. The Mavericks went on a 9-2 run during that stretch, turning an eight point edge into a commanding 15-point lead with only 3:51 remaining. The Lakers never managed to get the Dallas lead under 10 points, as Kobe was held to five points on 1-4 shooting in the fourth quarter. Just like in Game One, when Jason Kidd harassed Bryant into turnovers and missed shots in the final minute, the Mavericks were able to make Kobe a non-factor down the stretch. All five of his points were scored between 3:11 and 2:43, when the Lakers were already down 13. Dallas got another big performance from Dirk Nowitzki, who dropped 24 points on the Lakers--on only 16 field goal attempts. Shawn Marion got into the act as well, with 14 points and nine rebounds. Though the Mavericks did not dominate the whole way, they remained firmly in control due to their perimeter defense: the Lakers shot on 2-20 from downtown, including 1-5 from Kobe. Unless Los Angeles starts hitting more outside shots, this series is going to be over way sooner than anyone could have imagined.
|Dirk outplayed Pau again in Game Two, and|
the Mavs rolled to a 13-point victory