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Cuban praises Jet, who was 'letting it fly'

5/9/2011
Drew Litton/ESPN.com

DALLAS -- Dirk Nowitzki scored just 17 points in the series-clinching Game 4 blowout Sunday, 10 points below his playoff average. Jason Terry, who tied an NBA playoff record with nine 3-pointers, took the blame.

"I wasn't even aware I was on pace to set a record," said Terry, who needed just 10 attempts to match the record set by Rex Chapman on April 25, 1997. "A couple of those shots I didn't even see the rim, I was just letting it fly. I know Dirk don't want to hear that. He was probably open on a couple of them."

Nowitzki will take it. Terry finished with a game-high 32 points, his high since scoring 35 and 32 during the 2006 NBA Finals. Terry made five 3s in the second quarter and was 6-of-7 at halftime. He nailed his first two upon entering in the third quarter to kick the Mavs back in gear after scoring just two points in the first four-plus minutes of the third quarter.

Terry consistently killed the Lakers by draining uncontested 3s as the L.A.'s defense continued to sink in the paint and failed to pick up the weak-side shooter.

"Again, when you've got it going like that and the ball is moving the way it was, it's hard for the defense to catch up," Terry said. "At that rate, I kept it going."

In Games 3 and 4, Terry scored 55 points on 18-of-24 shooting from the field and 11-of-14 from deep.

After the 122-86 demolition, in which Terry played just 25 minutes and finished 11-of-14 from the floor, owner Mark Cuban had a few parting words for the beloved Maverick who has largely had disappointing postseasons since the 2006 run.

"Mark told me, 'Way to go Jet, it's been a long time and we're glad it was tonight,' " Terry said.