Inactives for Tonight’s Games:
Spurs: Matt Bonner, DeMarr Johnson, Ian Mahinmi
Lakers: Coby Karl, Ira Newble, Andrew Bynum
11:43 Odom makes good on his pre-game promise of coming out more aggressive in Game 2, putting a great spin move on Oberto before gently laying the ball in off the glass for the first basket of the game for either team.
10:00 After practice yesterday, Coach Jackson said that he expected Bryant come out in Game 2 looking to score more out of the gates and early, on Kobe makes him look like prophet, making a strong move to create some space from about ten feet out before nailing the open jumper.
7:54 The Lakers are playing well on both ends of the floor through four minutes of play, with Bryant answering Parker’s driving layup by making a rare bank shot from about twenty feet out to give the Lakers a 13-8 lead. Kobe’s four points are second on the team to Fisher’s five.
5:45 After coming up empty on two layup attempts already, Fisher finally connects on a drive after Odom’s defensive rebound and outlet pass found Derek with a relatively clear path to the hoop. Derek leads the team with seven points with the Lakers up 15-11.
3:43 Turiaf enters the game with the Lakers holding onto a 17-14 lead.
2:57 The Lakers call timeout after San Antonio has stolen back some of the purple and gold’s early momentum. Duncan leads the Spurs with four points and four rebounds. Both teams are shooting the ball fairly well so far with the Spurs knocking in 47% of their shot and the Lakers shooting at a 46% clip.
Vujacic and Farmar–key sparks plugs in the Lakers’ Game 1 victory–both enter the game for the first time.
2:30 In need of a play to get the crowd back into the game, the Lakers get exactly that as Kobe is the recipient of a great pass that finds him open underneath the basket for an uncontested dunk that pushes the Lakers’ lead back to three at 19-16.
29.0 Radmanovic checks back into the game, replacing Lamar Odom.
11:34 After a virtually non-existent effort in Game 1, Luke gets off to a great start in the second quarter, going underneath the basket around the Spurs defenders for a reverse layup that gives the Lakers a 23-18 lead.
9:18 Odom electrifies the previously dormant STAPLES Center crowd by throwing down an ally oop dunk that ups his scoring total on the night to seven. Lamar also has five rebounds on the night to the team. As a team, the Lakers are shooting much better through three minutes of the second quarter, now sitting at 55% compared to just 37% for San Antonio.
8:59 Gasol and Bryant both return for L.A.
8:01 For the second game in a row, Farmar makes a strong, confident drive to the basket and is rewarded with a layup. Although the make is Jordan’s first in seven minutes on the floor, he is visibly playing with much more confidence than he did in the Scond Round against the Jazz.
6:01 Fisher returns to replace Farmar with the Lakers leading 32-27.
3:52 After the Spurs cut the deficit to just one, the L.A. answers with a layup from Gasol, made easy by a series of excellent passes from Walton and then, Bryant. Pau’s seven points are second on the team to go along with five rebounds.
1:55 After he was buried by two defenders underneath the hoop, Kobe somehow finds an open Gasol who gently puts it in to reclaim the lead 39-37 and quell some of the momentum the Spurs wee gathering.
38.6 Sasha sends the crowd into a frenzy with a three pointer–his second field goal in a row–and gives the Lakers their largest lead of the night at 44-37.
HALFTIME: Although the Lakers were one of the top scoring teams in the league during the regular season and the first two rounds of the playoffs, they’re proving once again that their chameleon-like offense can run the fast break with the best of ‘em or slow it down in the halfcourt. Through 24 minutes, it’s the latter tempo that’s dominated the game so far as L.A. leads San Antonio 46-37 in what was a slow-paced half until the Lakers broke through in the final minute. A noticeably more aggressive Kobe scored 13 points in the first half to lead L.A. For the second game in a row, Vujacic was a huge spark plug, hitting all three of his field goal attempts, two of which came during the Lakers’ 9-0 run to close out the half. Despite the lead, Tim Duncan is well on his way to another monster night, already pulling down 13 rebounds to go along with 10 points.
10:05 Kobe’s hot to open the second half, nailing his second jumper in a row, this time drawing the foul too for his 21st point of the night. Meanwhile, the Lakers have increased their nine point halftime lead to a game-high 12 points.
9:32 One play later and the lead is up to 14 after Odom threw up a hard shot off glass underneath the basket that rattles home to force San Antonio to call an early timeout. Lamar’s totals on the game are up to nine points and eight rebounds.
7:15 The Lakers onslaught continues as Bryant threatens the Spurs with his outside jumper before dishing to a wide open Lamar who slams it home with authority to give the Lakers a commanding 63-46 lead with five minutes gone by in the third quarter.
5:16 After Ginobili hit a layup and got to the line on the previous possession, Lamar answers by hitting an outside jumper from about 18 feet out to reclaim the Lakers’ 17 point lead. Odom is getting it done on both ends of the floor too, playing exceptional help defense on Duncan.
3:47 Farmar and Vujacic come in following the timeout with the Lakers leading 68-53.
54.8 Just when it seemed like the Spurs were making a little push, cutting the lead to 13, the Lakers respond with Gasol hitting an outside shot from just above the free throw line. With the make, Pau enters double digits in scoring with 10 points to go along with seven rebounds.
12:00 Turiaf and Walton are in the game to open the fourth and final quarter.
11:07 The Spurs simply have no answer for Odom who goes up over Udoka with ease to tie Bryant for the team lead in scoring with 20 points to go along with a team-leading 12 rebounds. Meanwhile, the Lakers have pushed their lead to 18 again.
8:59 Timeout on the floor with the Lakers leading by a game-high 21 points and showing no signs of slowing down. The same goes for Jordan Farmar who looks like he’s finally shaken his confidence issues, going up for a three pointer that gives him seven points on the night.
7:20 The rebirth of Farmar continues at STAPLES Center after the guard nails another wide-open three pointer one play after driving to the hoop and getting the goaltending call to go in his favor. With the crowd roaring and the Lakers surging on both ends of the floor, it looks all but guaranteed that the Lakers will be heading to Texas with a commanding 2-0 series lead. L.A. leads 88-62.
5:53 Trevor Ariza makes his long-awaited return to the floor for the first time in over four months, drawing a huge ovation from the sold-out crowd.
5:05 With four months off to work on his jump shot, Trevor flashes his new stroke on his first shot of the game, nailing a soft jumper from the free throw line to push the Lakers’ lead to 90-64.
2:39 Farmar bobbles away a potential ally-oop attempt to the high-flying Ariza, but the team isn’t that concerned, up 90-67 with under three minutes to go. For the Lakers, it was a total team effort tonight with everyone who stepped foot on the floor scoring at least one point.
1:18 Everyone’s excited as Mbenga shows off his outside shot for his first two points of the night. The lead is up to 96-69 in a complete and utter dismantling of the defending champions.
FINAL SCORE: Spurs 71, Lakers 101