Series Review: Denver Proves To Be Too Big for the Big D. Win Series 4-1

Bhavik DarjiCorrespondent IMay 15, 2009

DENVER - MAY 13:  Carmelo Anthony #15 of the Denver Nuggets and Dirk Nowitzki #41 of the Dallas Mavericks exchange words on the court after Game Five of the Western Conference Semifinals during the 2009 NBA Playoffs at Pepsi Center on May 13, 2009 in Denver, Colorado. The Nuggets defeated the Mavericks 124-110 to advance to the Western Conference Finals. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

This series has undoubtedly been one to remember. A series that arguably should have been tied 2-2 before Denver's win on Wednesday came down to a very controversial no call.

Usually when a player gets called for the foul, they don't like it. Not in this case, Antoine Wright was going crazy because he was NOT called for the foul. 

He had every right to be. That call could have changed the complexion and composure and outcome of the series.

The Nuggets could have been up 3-2 or Mavs 3-2 and Denver would have been travelling back to Dallas for a game six.

Seeing as the Nuggets had a hard time against the Mavs in Dallas, it would have possibly gone to a game seven in Denver. Who would have won that?

My opinion Denver would have. They have played great at home all year long and have previously battered the Mavs when they played there.

The Nuggets were down by one with 44.3 seconds left to go in game three. Dallas had possession of the ball. Kidd send it to the low post where Nowitzki received the ball and kicked it out to "JET" for a quick trey and a four-point lead.

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Anthony answered back by a quick dunk which brought it to 105-103. The Mavs smartly ran the clock down but could not score on their possession leaving the Nuggets with 6.5 seconds left and a chance to advance the ball.

The planned play for the Maverick's was to foul who ever had the ball. The planned play for the Nuggets was to have the ball in Anthony's hand and find Billups on the right wing.

None of those two plays happened. Carmelo got the ball inbounded to him and Wright apparently fouled Melo.

Refs thought he fumbled the ball and let the play continue. Wright push Anthony into the right wing in which he committed a foul once again.

A no call again. As the Mavericks were expecting a call, they stopped playing. Melo didn't as he keep going and hit a series-killer three with one second remaining on the clock.

All hell spewed onto the court. You had Josh Howard after the officials and fans were talking about the Nuggets being thugs and punks and Cuban responded by saying to K-Marts mother "that include your son."

Cuban apologized on his blog by saying, "At this point I would like to apologize to you and your mom, KMart, for my comment. I should have not said anything and I was wrong. Hopefully you will accept the apology and we can move on.

"If that isn’t acceptable, I’m happy to provide a suite, free of charge to them as well, and place whatever security is needed to make them feel comfortable."

Kenyon did not respond, but merely said that he thought his apology was not sincere. "It wasn't the right decision on his behalf," Martin said of the written apology.

You had the Mavericks fan confront Carmelo's girlfriend, LaLa Vasquez apparently calling her racial slurs and trying to abuse her son.

Vasquez responded by stating her side of the story.

"Obviously the playoff games bring out the best and the worst in fans, but what happened on Monday night with the racial slurs/threats, verbal attacks on my son, and physical attacks to myself by irate fans was unacceptable. The Fans were totally out of control. What the television cameras captured was me defending myself and didn't show the abuse that was taking place."

On Wednesday morning Anthony said, "Is it bothersome? Anything having to do with your family, yeah, that's going to bother you a little bit. But as long as my family's all right, Kenyon's family is okay, everbody's family on the Denver Nuggets is okay, we're fine."

"I think Vasquez did the right thing by releasing a statement and telling her side of the story, because all they saw on the video is what she did. But that's neither here nor there. That's over with. We got a series to close out tonight."

Peggy, a season ticket holder to the Mavericks' games, was the victim.

"Don't you ever (censored) touch me again!" Vaquez responded, according to Peggy, who added that Vazquez also flicked soda on them at that point. She also went on to say that Dallas fans are getting a bad rep for this.

That concludes the drama in the series.

This series had 14 technical fouls called with seven of them coming in game four.

Nene proved to be a non factor at Dallas as he only averaged 7 PPG and 8 RPG. At home in the series, Nene averaged 22 PPG and 6 RPG.

The Dallas bench outscored the Nugget bench 178-151. The key factor going into this series would be the bench play, which the Mavericks one.

The Nuggets had 234 points in the paints to Dallas' 184 points in the paint. The Nuggets had 50-plus points in the paint when ever they won by 10 or more.

The fast break points were also a problem for the Mavericks as they got killed 110-48. The only time they had more fast break points then Denver was in game four. A game that they won having 20 fast break points to Denver's 19.

Carmelo Anthony and Dirk Nowtizki, the two stars of the series lived up to their hype. Anthony averaged 30 PPG, 3.4 APG and 6.8 RPG shooting 49 percent from the field and 44 percent from behind the arc. He had a marvelous 41 points 11 rebound game in game four which they lost.

Dirk Nowitzki averaged 34.4 PPG 11.6 RPG and 4 APG. He shot a blistering 53.4 percent from the field. He increased his scoring average from 19.2 PPG. That is a 15.2 PPG increase.

To top it off he had a 44 point 13 rebound night in game 4 which the Mavericks won. He also almost completed a triple double by having 32 points 10 rebounds and 7 assist in a game five loss.

The Nuggets advanced to the WCF for the first time in 24 years. They will either play the Rockets or the Lakers.