We compiled some of the more interesting numbers from L.A.’s Game 2 loss to Dallas, the Lakers falling into such a hole for the first time since the 2008 Finals, when they dropped their first two road games at Boston.
0 Three-pointers made by the Lakers until 2:43 remained in the game, when Kobe Bryant hit one in transition with L.A. down 14 points, too little too late. L.A. missed its first 15 shots from three, finishing at 2-for-20 when Artest added one in the final seconds. Dallas, meanwhile, connected on eight triples before L.A. made its first, a difference of 24 points.
1 Ejection in the game, as Ron Artest was tossed for a blow to J.J. Barea’s head in the final seconds. Phil Jackson said it was likely Artest would be suspended for Game 3.
6 More points in the paint for the Lakers (42-36), a very small margin when considering how both teams play. The Mavs effectively packed the paint defensively, and L.A. couldn’t bring them out with such an inability to hit perimeter shots.
8 Fourth quarter points for Mavs sub J.J. Barea, who got his Chris Paul on while consistently getting into L.A.’s paint late in the game. Bryant called L.A.’s pick-and-roll coverages “horrible” as a whole, though they were particularly bad late in the game.
9 Free throws missed by the Lakers, who finished 11-of-20. Pau Gasol missed 3-of-6, and finished with only 13 points by also missing 7-of-12 field goals. Dallas, in contrast, made 17-of-21 free throws to finish +6 at the charity stripe.
12 Bench points from the Lakers, who were just 6-of-23 from the field, including Lamar Odom’s 3-for-12 and Steve Blake’s 0-for-5, all from three-point range. Dallas went for 30 off its bench.
13 Rebounds for Andrew Bynum, consistently strong all game by also adding 18 points on 8-of-11 field goals. Seven of his boards came on the offensive end, helping L.A. score eight second chance points.
23 Points for Kobe Bryant, three short of surpassing Shaquille O’Neal for all-time playoff scoring, on 9-of-20 field goals. Bryant added three assists, but didn’t grab a rebound in his 38 minutes.
24 Points for Dirk Nowitzki to lead all scorers, behind an efficient 9-of-16 from the field and 4-of-5 from the foul line, his second straight excellent game.
30 Combined minutes played by Steve Blake and Matt Barnes without a point. Blake missed all five of his shots from three-point range, while Barnes missed his only two attempts.