Lakers coach Phil Jackson on tonight's loss:
"Well we went in the locker room and we gave it [the game] away. I'm not so sure Dallas didn't outplay us, but I just felt like we gave it away. A couple misplays on the offensive end, and the foul at the end to put them on the line kind of makes it difficult to win those kind of games."
Lakers coach Phil Jackson on if he thinks his team played "Dallas' game" by shooting a lot from the perimeter:
"No. There defense was good, they took the foul, we stopped executing our offense, [and] we took some shots from the outside. We were open, guys had looks, but we didn't shoot that well."
Lakers coach Phil Jackson on how Dallas won the game tonight:
"[We] just took open shots, didn't move the ball, work the ball around. And all of a sudden you're [Dallas] back in the ball game, three point ball game. It took a lot of energy out of us and put a lot of energy in them to be able to come back and do that. So that shows a lot of heart on their part to be able to do that. They changed the tempo of the game, they had run-outs, got some turnovers, and made us pay for it."
Lakers coach Phil Jackson on the Mavericks defense against Andrew Bynum:
"They took good fouls on him in the lane, and they wouldn't let him get his turn so he couldn't get a turnaround on them and drop step. They kept him out of the lane for the most part."
Lakers' Kobe Bryant on the Lakers' execution down the stretch:
"It wasn't very good. We turned to ball over a couple times. I had a turnover. Pau had a turnover. We didn't execute well."
Lakers' Kobe Bryant on if the Mavericks did anything different offensively tonight:
"No, we just blew a lot of coverages. We gave them a lot of shooters open looks and they missed. But then they knocked some down and it got them back in the game. We have to sure up that part of our defense."
Lakers' Kobe Bryant on how worried he is that the Lakers gave the Mavs hope:
"They always had hope. They're in the second round and they're here to play. I don't really see it as being a big deal. We just have to compete."
Lakers' Kobe Bryant on how to neutralize Dirk's shot-making in Game 2:
"We'll think about doing some things a little different, but he's going to make shots. He's going to make tough shots. That's what he does."
Lakers' Kobe Bryant on if losing Game 1 has helped the Lakers recently:
"I don't think it helps. I think if anything, it can hurt you because you get complacent. You get over-confident that Game 2 is a formality and that you're going to go in and win it. So we have to still have that sense of urgency and significance to win Game 2."
Lakers' Kobe Bryant on if things got too easy in the third quarter:
"Yeah, we made a point to talk about that. We've been in games like this where things are grooving and it's really easy, then all of a sudden, you're in a dogfight. Turnovers do that. We missed some pot-shots too that we should have made."
Lakers' Kobe Bryant on his level of concern:
"I'm highly concerned. This team can beat us. It's clear. We just have to come in ready to play Game 2."
Lakers' Pau Gasol on the game tonight:
"They [Mavericks] made big runs when they most needed to and we couldn't control the game when we needed to. We ha good leads, especially in that 3rd quarter and they made a lot of plays to come back into the game. They had a good run and they gave themselves a chance."
Lakers' Pau Gasol on what prevented the Lakers from winning the game tonight:
"We should've been able to control that stretch better and we didn't. We just let them get really close and at the end obviously it was a really bad ending turnout for us. It was a tough loss because we should've won that game, but give them [Mavericks] credit. They fought back and got the W."
Lakers' Pau Gasol on if there is a concern losing tonight:
"We're definitely capable of it, we know that. Obviously at this point we just lost…but come back tomorrow and watch what we did wrong, what we could've done better and come back on Wednesday ready to get a win."
Lakers' Andrew Bynum on their lead in the 3rd quarter and why it got away:
"For me, personally, I didn't have a very good game…defensively just collapsed…"
Lakers' Andrew Bynum on their 16 points in the 4th quarter:
"We stopped moving the basketball and playing the right way."
Lakers' Andrew Bynum on what he needs to do for himself to get going:
"I'm just going to be so much more aggressive. I felt like I wasn't aggressive at all, getting in low-post position, nothing. I kept letting them [Mavericks] hit me first. It's going to be different."
Lakers' Andrew Bynum on what he got out of their game plan offensively:
"I think defensively we just relaxed."
Lakers' Lamar Odom on how he thinks they lost tonight:
"It's a funny game because even though we got up I didn't really feel like we played at the speed that we wanted to play at. Coming down, taking quick shots. That's how they want to play, we kind of have to control the tempo a lot better, and move the ball, try to put our bodies on them, get some offensive rebounds; things like that."
Lakers' Lamar Odom on their 16-point fourth quarter:
"I think they controlled the game as far as speed was concerned. I didn't really like the tempo that we played at. This is a team that they want to take a lot of shots…we never really played at our tempo tonight."
Lakers' Lamar Odom on if he is concerned about the "big picture" at all:
"I mean, it's one game…of course it was right there for us to win it but we lost. Put it behind you, move on and get better, and get ready for the next one."
Dallas coach Rick Carlisle on his team coming back from 16 points down:
"We've been battling all year. NBA games are long, 48 minutes is a long time. We still had a quarter and a half left basically. I thought [Corey] Brewer going in the game gave us a lot of energy. He ran the floor, hit a couple shots, he got deflections, he got his hand on balls, [and] made things happen…we made some plays at the end."
Dallas coach Rick Carlisle on the defense Jason Kidd played at the end of the game:
"Jason Kidd is one of the few guys capable of having a possession like that against a top player. There was a reason we try to keep him off Bryant a lot of the game. It's just too much, takes too much energy. We need him to do so many other things for us. That was a great sequence. We dodged a bullet at the end, but the guys earned it."
Dallas coach Rick Carlisle on the sequence involving a foul and a technical called on his team with :00.7 seconds left:
"The last 10 seconds of the first half are things that may never happen to this team again, ever. And so we need to forget about that...We said one of the keys to the series was be persistent and play out possessions…the other stuff, 'hey, it should've been a five point game,' and it wasn't but there's a lot of game left so you got to keep playing."
Dallas coach Rick Carlisle on his team's offensive success tonight:
"The best thing is we would get stops and run, and space the floor and play out of our flow game. We have veteran guys that understand the game, we try to play with as few play calls as possible, and it facilitates better when you're getting stops. If you allow them to set their defense, they're murder to play against."
Dirk Nowitzki on how they came back from a 16 point deficit at the half:
"We did a great job hanging in there. We felt like we had a bad start to the third quarter, we turned the ball over three or four times in a row, Kobe got hot in the third, we weren't looking good. You just have to stick with it, try to get some stops, and not to turn the ball over, just get a shot up every time and give ourselves at least a chance to make it. If you turn the ball over that puts them in transition, and we had a tough time matching up on transitions. Kobe had some good looks. So we had to stop turning the ball over and get some stops. Obviously in the fourth quarter when we gave up 15 points, that was big. [Jason Kidd] tried to keep the ball out of Kobe's hands, everybody else scrambled around. It was fun to watch."
Dirk Nowitzki on winning game one of the series here in Los Angeles:
"Definitely a great win for us. But if you look at their last series, they lost game 1 and they came right back and won the two and had the series back in control. We'd love to go forward to game two. More of the same, turn the ball over less. We felt like we held our own on the boards, that's a big key for us, that we rebound with them. I think we kept the rebound game within four or five rebounds. I think we give ourselves a chance to get out there and win the game."
Dirk Nowitzki on if this season is the most comfortable he's felt in his basketball career:
"Obviously experience helps. I've been in this league now for a long time. I've been in big games. The game slows down more when you get older, you take your time and you try to get to your spot where you know you have an advantage. You just try to execute. But, we know they're going to come out in the second game and be even better, so we've got to make sure we show up as well."
Dirk Nowitzki on how they kept Artest and Bynum to a combined 10 points:
"I thought Ron actually had some good looks, he was just not making his shots. They've got so many weapons offensively, you've got to give up something here and there. I thought he had some good looks that he's probably going to make in game 2. So we've got to be even sharper and scramble a little more…And Tyson and Haywood tried to keep [Bynum] a little further off the glass. You know, when he gets deep he's a monster. He just turns around, over either shoulder and there's nothing you can do about it. So, I think they just did a good job mixing it up on them and trying to keep Bynum away from the glass."
Mavericks' guard Jason Terry on overcoming a 16 point deficit:
"That's what we've been living on all year. You know, we're a veteran team, when we face adversity we don't get down, we stick together and we find a way. That's what we do."
Mavericks' guard Jason Terry on the Mavericks bench play:
"Well we did our job. Our job is to come in, provide energy, make plays and maintain or assist in the lead and I thought we did that for the most part. And again, we still didn't play our best game, we got some things to look at and go forward."
Mavericks' guard Jason Terry on what was learned from tonight's game:
"That we're not going to quit. We're not going to back down. At the same time it wasn't our best game. I mean, if you look at it they get a 16 point lead on us and that's tough. It's tough to fight back from that far."
Mavericks' center Tyson Chandler on the team's focus:
"I think what we've been doing since training camp. You know, we fought each other hard in training camp and we set a common goal and we're far from that goal but we're on the right path."
Mavericks' center Tyson Chandler on the Mavericks' team defense:
"We played defense. Jason Kidd looked like the young Jason Kidd out there running all over the place. Our communication was great and I think we match up well with their bigs down low."
Mavericks' center Tyson Chandler on the Mavericks' chances and the Lakers size:
"I like our chances; I think we match up well. We've got to constantly keep bodies on those guys. You know, Pau's one of the more skilled big men in the league and Bynum is one of the more bigger big men in the league, so definitely we've got to keep them away from the basket, keep them away from easy things but when you break down the tape from our previous games you see a lot of mistakes that we made."
Mavericks' center Tyson Chandler on sticking to the teams game plan:
"We just stuck with our game plan. Just trusting one another, continuing to grind it out. We knew Kobe came out hot, he looked aggressive, and hit a lot of shots but we felt like if we continued to stick to our game plan eventually we'd wear down on them."
Mavericks' center Tyson Chandler on Kobe Bryant:
"It's just Kobe. You've just got to keep your focus. He's one of the greatest players of all time, and he does some amazing things out there, but regardless of what he does you've got to stick to your principles and continue to play."
Mavericks' forward Shawn Marion on tonight's win:
"It's a good win. Way to fight back and way to stay after it. I think we didn't give up and we stayed aggressive on both ends of the floor."
Mavericks' forward Shawn Marion on the final moments:
"I think that was a good series for us. We saw a lot of things that we're capable of and it helped get us to where we need to be at. I think this is a great game. Neither team scored 100, right? So I guess that's a streak too. Portland didn't score 100 against us did they? I just look at it like we're playing good 'D' out there and we've got to take advantage of that and just helping each other on the floor."
Mavericks' guard Jason Kidd on tonight's win:
"I think the big thing is we got to win. Character was a big factor in tonight's game. We lost our composure today at the end of the 2nd quarter, and then came out and lost the ball three straight times and found ourselves down, but everybody's role is to keep playing and try and cut into the lead and see what happens."
Mavericks' guard Jason Kidd on overcoming a 16 point deficit:
"I think everybody on this team has been in a situation where they've been down. We can all reflect on that first round that we were down 20, and we were up 20 plus and lost the lead and the game, so sometimes you can reflect as close as that last series and pull from it. But guys started to relax I think a little bit and we started making plays."
Mavericks' guard Jason Kidd on the magnitude of tonight's win:
'We can say that we didn't play our best game but we found a way to win. That's the bottom line this time of year. You want to be the first team to four, and we found a way to win game one but again the Lakers have been in this position a lot of times and they've found a way to win the series so we haven't done anything yet."