We broke down some of the more intriguing numbers from LAL’s 102-91 Game 2 loss at San Antonio:
Minutes for Steve Blake, before being subbed for good with 4:50 remaining. Postgame, Blake acknowledged he felt a “sharp pain” in his hamstring. Since Kobe Bryant went down and through the first two games of this series, Blake had been playing some of his best basketball, shooting the ball particularly well from 3-point range (13 of 32, 41 percent) and was the key defender on Tony Parker.
Plus-rating for Matt Bonner, a game-high. Bonner scored 10 points and grabbed five rebounds for the second straight contest, but also had three steals. His 3-pointer with 6:09 left pushed the Spurs lead to 91-74 – their biggest of the contest.
Points for Parker, 15 coming in the third quarter on five field goals and five free throws. After Dwight Howard had to sit with four personal fouls, Parker repeatedly found his way to the rim, scoring 10 straight points at one point. His 1 of 6 performance towards four points in the first half was followed up by a 24-point outburst in the second half on 8 of 14 field goals and 7 of 8 free throws despite Blake staying in his face and holding him below 50 percent field goals.
Rebounds for Kawhi Leonard, a team-high. Leonard grabbed 11 boards in Game 1, and is now averaging nine through two games in the series. He also scored 16 points, 14 in the first half, Metta World Peace not nearly as effective on either end of the floor as he was pre-surgery on March 28 to take out his torn left meniscus.
Minutes for Jordan Hill, who saw game action for the first time since Jan. 6. Hill underwent surgery on his injured left hip on Jan. 23, and was expected to be out approximately six weeks. He finished with two points and two boards.
Fouls for Howard, all coming on the offensive end. He picked up two quick ones early in the third, needing to sit the final 8:37. Although the Lakers were able to shave a single point off the deficit, their rim protection suffered with Parker getting to the hoop almost every possession.
Three-pointers from Manu Ginobili, all of them coming at the end of the first and second quarters. The Spurs closed the first on a 10-3 run and the second on a 13-4 spurt, keyed by Ginobili. Eleven of his 13 points came in the last three minutes of those quarters. In the series, Ginobili is averaging 15.5 points, 5.0 assists and 3.5 rebounds (6 of 9 on 3′s) in 19 minutes.