Lakers’ Bench Set Finals FG% Record

101227377001SB_LAKERS_CELTICSLost amidst Derek Fisher’s remarkable 11-point fourth quarter in L.A.’s Game 3 win on Tuesday in the Finals against Boston was a terrific performance by the Lakers’ bench on offense.

In fact, the pine unit barely missed a shot, hitting their first seven collective attempts.

Lamar Odom (5-for-5), Luke Walton (1-for-1), Shannon Brown (2-for-3) and Jordan Farmar (1-for-2) combined for only 20 points, but set an NBA Finals record (since the NBA-ABA merger in 1976-77) for best shooting percentage (81.8 percent) for a bench attempting at least 10 shots.

Here’s a rundown of the bench FGA’s:
1) 7:23, 1st – Walton’s turnaround jumper at the start of L.A.’s 32-8 run (12-7 Boston)
2) 4:39, 1st – Odom’s banked three-pointer (16-14 L.A.)
3) 0:27.5, 1st – Brown layup (23-17 L.A.)
4) 0:00.7, 1st – Odom’s running layup, and the foul (26-17)
5) 10:49, 2nd – Brown jump shot (31-17)
6) 9:42, 2nd – Farmar running bank shot (35-20)
7) 9:10, 2nd – Odom layup to give the Lakers their biggest lead, the bench a perfect 7-for-7 (37-20)
8) 8:26, 2nd – Brown misses a three, the first miss (37-22)
9) 7:56, 2nd – Farmar misses a three (37-24)
10) 7:37, 4th – Odom put-back bank shot when Boston had cut L.A.’s lead to one (72-69)
11) 3:45, 4th – Odom baseline driving layup (80-76)

Odom, after battling foul trouble that limited his impact in the first two games, was the star, as each of his five buckets came at key moments for the Lakers. He added five rebounds, about which he wasn’t happy (he’d far rather have 10 rebounds than five field goal makes), but still led the team with a +/- of 14, while Walton was second with a +13 in key relief minutes for Ron Artest (early foul trouble).