Lakers 110, Dallas 82 - Mavericks Quoteboard

That was unpleasant. LA now has the tiebreaker over Dallas and a fighting chance to take the top slot from SA. Nothing for our Mavs but ejections, fines, possible suspensions, and the coward's hope that somebody else knocks off the Lakers before we have to. Final 109-82. Quoteboard:

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Explanations, anyone?
"They know exactly what to do and how to take us out of our offense and frustrate us, and they did that tonight . . . It's a good check. We have to grow up. If we're gonna get to where we want to go, we are going to have nights like this, and we are going to have to step up to the challenge. ... 'We're not where we need to be. we need to accept that' - Chandler -Tyson Chandler

"We knew it was going to be tough coming in here on a back-to-back and they've been resting for four days. They played better than us. They outplayed us." -Jason Terry

"We know teams are going to try to take us out of our rhythm. We know teams respect our ability, our skill level-- that they're going to get physical with us." -Coach Rick Carlisle.

Fast-forward to 9:23 left in the game -- Terry Foul, Flagrant type-2 (ejected), Haywood Foul, technical (ejected), Barnes Foul, technical (ejected), Blake Foul, technical (ejected) . . .
"Emotions got the best of me tonight. I already apologized to the team. You just can't let that happen in big games. But the game was getting out of hand, so things happen." -Jason Terry

"He pushed me. I don't like to be pushed." -Steve Blake

"It was a chippy game, but the playoffs start early. That's what the playoffs are all about. Emotions are going to run high and things are going to happen." -Dirk Nowitzki

"Just a couple of hard fouls man, just the heat of the game. It was a dogfight out there. It's the way it is sometimes." -Shawn Marion

"This is a family here. So if someone comes and hits your brother, pushes your brother, then you definitely have their back. And that's the case here." -Matt Barnes

"There was no fight. They were two cock-roosters bumping chests. Just some pushing and shoving going on." -Coach Phil Jackson

What about a suspension?
"It was a flagrant foul, but there was no intention to hurt him." -Jason Terry

More backhanded respect . . .
"You know, [Nowitzki] can shoot his shot out of a wheelchair. That guy's going to play forever, but he definitely has a limited gait." -Coach Phil Jackson

About probably losing the second seed . . .
"You want to get seeded as high as you can and you want to get home court if you can. But ultimately, how important is it? You find out after the series is over. You want Game 7 at home. It's better if you get them at home." -Coach Rick Carlisle

He should know, right?
"[Cuban] is providing a great roster that's almost as good as money can buy, but not quite." -Coach Phil Jackson

Some perspective from the boss . . .
"Every year teams are going to have games where they shit the bed, right? You're going to have games like this. ... The Spurs lost by 30, Miami lost by 30, ... This was just a bad game and we couldn't make a shot. We couldn't hit a shot and we were upset. What are you going to do? ... That's just the way it goes. We haven't had one of these in a long time. It just came at the wrong time. That's all." -Mark Cuban

On the Mavs/Laker matchup -- Dallas and Los Angeles haven't met in the postseason since 1988 . . .
"I think it's becoming a big rivalry. It's fun. That's part of basketball." -Shawn Marion

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