What Went Right:
• The Lakers outscored the Spurs, 55-34 in the second half, including a 27-14 fourth quarter that sunk San Antonio’s comeback hopes once and for all.
• Jordan Farmar continued his upward swing in Game 2, following up a solid effort in the series opener by scoring 14 points–a new playoff career high for the second year guard. As a whole, the Lakers’ bench outscored the Spurs’ reserves by a 34-26 margin.
• Unlike Game 1, the Lakers found a way to stop Tim Duncan on offense, holding the perennial All-NBA player to just 12 points. However, Duncan did manage to pull down a game-high 16 rebounds. Similarly, Tony Parker also wasn’t a big factor in Game 2, only dropping in 13 points.
• After a close game throughout the majority of the first half, L.A. mounted a charge in the final two minutes of the second quarter that turned a 37-37 tie into a nine-point halftime advantage–a lead the Lakers held onto for the rest of the night.
• As Coach Jackson suspected, Kobe came out with much more aggression early on in the game, scoring 22 points in just 36 minutes of playing time.
• Lamar Odom had one of the best playoff games in his career, notching 20 points to go along with a team-leading 12 rebounds.
• Derek Fisher rebounded from an uncharacteristically poor 1-9 shooting game in Game 1 to make four of his five shots on his way to 11 points.
What Went Wrong:
• Pau Gasol wasn’t much of a factor on either end of the floor as he barely reached double digits with 10 points, while also grabbing seven boards.
• Both teams shot poorly from beyond the arc, with the Lakers only making 28% of their 18 three-point attempts and the Spurs connecting on an even worse 6-23.
• While the Lakers outrebounded the Spurs overall by eight, 44-36, San Antonio was much more productive on the offensive glass, pulling down nine misses to the Lakers’ three.