What Went Right:
• Kobe’s steady leadership guided the Lakers throughout Game 4 as the MVP scored 28 points to lead the team. Bryant also tied Gasol for the team-high in rebounds with 10.
• After a poor showing in Game 3, Lamar Odom rebounded well in Game 4, contributing 16 points to go along with nine rebounds. Moreover, many of the forward’s points came in a pivotal fourth quarter stretch in which the Lakers seized control of the game once and for all.
• Manu Ginobili played more than 36 minutes, but was held to a measly seven points on just 2-8 shooting from the field, essentially relegating him to non-factor status for San Antonio’s offense.
• The Lakers excelled on the glass, outrebounding San Antonio by a decisive 46-37 margin, including an impressive 13-8 edge in offensive rebounds.
• Luke Walton showed signs of life after a quiet few games, scoring nine points on 4-10 shooting from the field. Similarly, Derek Fisher also rebounded for nine points on 4-7 shooting.
What Went Wrong:
• Tim Duncan was dominant once again, tallying 29 points and 17 rebounds to lead the Spurs in both categories. However, the veteran needed 26 shots to get to his 29 points.
• Brent Barry went off for a playoff career high 23 points on 7-14 shooting from the field, including five three point makes.
• The Spurs continued to show their penchant for getting to the free throw line, getting there a total of 26 times and making 24.
• Although Tony Parker scored 23 points to match Barry, the Spurs point guard only made 8-17 field goals, despite dishing out a game-high nine assists.