Lakers – Mavs Game 1 Postgame Numbers

We picked out some of the more interesting stats from L.A.’s opening loss to Dallas in Game 1 of the Western Conference Semifinals.

2 Turnovers in the final 21 seconds for the Lakers, who had committed nine total up to that point. Kobe Bryant’s pass was intercepted by Jason Terry with 20.9 seconds left in the fourth with L.A. up one, and Bryant tangled feet with Jason Kidd on the next possession before making contact with the ball in Pau Gasol’s hands before Kidd ended up with it, the clock reading 3.1 seconds. Furthermore, Gasol fouled Dirk Nowitzki on the inbounds pass with 19.5 remaining, giving Dallas the go-ahead free throws. Phil Jackson, as such, said L.A. “gave the game away.”

3 Assists away from a triple-double for Pau Gasol, who had 15 points, 11 boards and seven assists. Gasol was quiet in the fourth quarter, however, missing his only shot and getting three boards with an assist.

8 Points on 3-for-8 shooting for Andrew Bynum, who was outplayed by Mavs center Tyson Chandler (11 points, nine boards, three blocks) despite playing terrific against Dallas in the regular season.

9 Straight playoff series for the Lakers in which they won at least one road game, which they’ll now need to do at Dallas after relinquishing home court for the second straight series.

9 Three-pointers hit by the Mavs, including two in the fourth quarter, where as L.A. hit five total and zero in the final period. L.A. missed several assignments to allow open looks, which is not apart of the team’s scheme of contesting everything from three and not helping drivers into the paint.

11 Fourth quarter points for Dirk Nowitzki, who made 4-of-9 shots in the period and 11-of-22 overall with 5-of-5 from the foul line for 28 points to lead his squad. He added a game-high 14 rebounds.

19 Points picked up by the Lakers in a huge run around halftime, including a 14-2 burst in the final 2:21 of the first half and a 7-0 start to the second, creating some breathing room that would actually last only a few minutes before a 12-2 Mavs counter run.

22 Lakers points in the paint in the second quarter, which produced a 30-14 edge inside at the half. The Mavs, however, narrowed the margin to 10 at 46-36 by packing the paint in the second half.

36 Points for Kobe Bryant to lead all scorers. He hit 14-of-29 shots (48 percent), looking like his ankle/foot did not affect him, though he just missed the most important shot of the game, a three-pointer at the buzzer that would have won it for the Lakers. With Dallas single-covering Bryant for most of the game, he finished without an assist for just the second time all season.

56.8 Shooting percentage for Dallas in the second half, allowing a 52-41 edge on the scoreboard, including 25-16 in the fourth quarter. L.A. made only 7-of-22 shots (31.8 percent) in the final period.