Lakers coach Phil Jackson on the game tonight:
"It was a poor second half on our part tonight; I thought we played pretty good the first half. We took the lead at the end of the half, and it was just a rugged third quarter for our team and we had a hard time getting going¡In the fourth quarter we got really de-spirited. Didn't cover some of the screen rolls we had to cover. We have to get back and do a better job."
Lakers coach Phil Jackson on if the problem is the defense the Dallas Mavericks are presenting:
"We're not really that concerned. Offensively we're okay¡We're concerned about our defensive end. We believe defense was our problem tonight."
Lakers coach Phil Jackson in if he is worried about his team:
"Well obviously down 2-0 you have to be worried about staying in this series and making it a run; settle down and get one game, start with the first game and go from there. That's what you do."
Lakers coach Phil Jackson on how surprised he is to hear the Boo's from the crowd tonight on Pau Gasol:
"I was kind of surprised about that. But it's tough out there. He missed some foul shots, we missed foul shots as a team¡he missed open shots; he missed a lay-up that was blocked at the rim because he didn't dunk it. There are some things that obviously didn't look good out there for Pau [Gasol], but he worked, he worked. He was one of the kids that looked tired tonight."
Lakers coach Phil Jackson on the Lakers poise tonight:
"I thought they got anxious with about six and half, seven minutes to go and I wanted to calm them down a little bit and tell them it's a 10 point game with 6 minutes to go, it's not that big a deal. We ended up scoring as many field goals as Dallas, but obviously the missed free throws and three-point shots¡that changes the game a lot."
Lakers' Kobe Bryant on the difficulty of three-peating
"No, it's hard but you couldn't possibly expect this to be easy. If you want to make history you have to do historic things."
Lakers' Kobe Bryant on if the team is desperate:
"Desperate is a strong word. I think, when you play desperate you don't play your best basketball. What we need to do is relax, we need to focus on what we're doing wrong, and the mistakes that we're making, and we have plenty to review. [We need to] lock in on that and go into Game 3 and minimize those mistakes. You know, playing calm basketball but with a relentless energy. And I think if we do that we'll be fine."
Lakers' Kobe Bryant on heading on the road to Dallas:
"To me it's no different. We're not very good at home the last two games so going to Dallas might do us some damn good."
Lakers' Kobe Bryant on the Lakers bench play:
"It's important. It doesn't hurt. We have bigger things to correct besides the play of our bench. We have to do a much better job of getting into a rhythm on the defensive end of the floor."
Lakers' Kobe Bryant on Andrew Bynum saying the Lakers have trust issues:
"I think the trust that he's referring to is being able to help each other on the defensive end of the floor. You saw a lot of lay-ups. He gets frustrated when he supports a guard coming off the screen and roll and nobody supports him when a big's rolling to the basket¡"
Lakers' Pau Gasol on the team's trust issues:
"We've got to communicate and trust each other. And pick each other up. There's breakdowns, defensive breakdowns, especially with a team that executes as well as Dallas does. So, we've just got to talk and support each other, and understand that mistakes happen. We just can't hang our heads just because of it. We've got to create that energy and just be positive because that's going to carry you down to the other end and be more confident on the other end."
Lakers' Andrew Bynum on if he's surprised they lost the first 2 games at home:
"I was surprised we lost the first game, but this game they just beat us."
Lakers' Andrew Bynum on what has been wrong the last two games:
"I don't even know the root of it at this point. Obviously we have trust issues and unless we come out and discuss them nothing's going to change."
Lakers' Andrew Bynum on what the trust issues are:
"Individual. I think all thirteen of our guys have trust issues right now."
Lakers' Andrew Bynum on examples of the team's trust issues:
" I mean I think it's quite obvious to anybody watching the game. Hesitation on passes, defensively not being there for your teammate because he wasn't there for you before. Stuff like that, those things."
Lakers' Andrew Bynum on his confidence in winning in Dallas:
"I mean, we can win anywhere. We've just got to bring it out. To be honest with you, like I said, if we go out and we practice hard tomorrow, we get to the root of what's really hurting us, and not candy coat things and talk around issues, then we'll be fine."
Lakers' Lamar Odom on what went wrong tonight:
"We lost. We lost our rhythm offensively. Defensively we didn't have a rhythm as well. Offensively not rebounding, not taking what they're giving us."
Lakers' Lamar Odom on defending Dirk Nowitzki:
"I mean, it's tough. He hits shots. There was a span in that game where he didn't shoot the ball as much, I think towards the end of the third, start of the fourth, and that was probably our chance to close in on the gap and we weren't able to."
Lakers' Lamar Odom on what happened tonight:
"They're team came out. I mean, they came back from 16, and today they won the game."
Dallas Coach Rick Carlisle on how big of a win this is for his team:
"It's one of sixteen [games] that we need and right now we have ten more wins to get to our goal. That's what we're focusing on. I thought our focus and concentration was terrific tonight, much better than game one and it had to be. They [Lakers] made some runs, we answered. We turned it over, we didn't lose our composure. Those kinds of things are the kinds of things you have to do to win."
Dallas Coach Rick Carlisle on the Lakers defense in comparison to their offense:
"We were able to get a lot of stops and that helps us get our offense going. Defensive rebounding is always going to help your offense¡.when we get the ball up the floor and get moving it, we're tough to guard."
Dallas Coach Rick Carlisle on how difficult it was to guard Dirk Nowitzki
"Dirk's [Nowitzki] one of the hardest guys to guard in the history of basketball. It's not just tonight, it's every night; he's a game changer. He's our horse and we don't have a pecking order of scorers. For us, we may need to have six or seven guys with five or more points to be on target with where we need to be¡"
Dallas Coach Rick Carlisle on holding the Lakers to 32 points in the second half and how their defense is working to hold the Lakers to that many points:
"For the most part we're at a stance, we're helping each other and we're scrambling. We need to have teams see a blue or white, depending on where we're playing. When we're scrambling and helping each other and have five guys in there getting rebounds we're a very good defensive team. Tonight was the kind of effort we have to have."
Dallas Coach Rick Carlisle on if he believes his team can sweep the Lakers:
"I believe that right now we're going to stay overnight here tonight, we will enjoy this moment for tonight and once 1 a.m. hits we're going to be focusing on game #3. The way you could be successful in this league is to always be focused and concentrating on the direct task at hand. Right now we have to get our minds geared towards the next game. But we're going to enjoy this briefly, but our work has just begun."
Mavs' forward Dirk Nowitzki on tonight's win:
"It was definitely a big win. We talked about Game One and didn't want to get too high on that win. But we definitely wanted to go for it tonight. We didn't a decent job early in the game taking their blow. We knew they were going to come out on fire. Kobe was playing well, they tried to establish Bynum and Gasol, but we kept plugging."
Mavs' forward Dirk Nowitzki on the Mavs defense and offense:
"To one of the most explosive teams, we gave up 33 points in the second half. That's obviously the key. I don't think we were particularly on fire. We shot only 42 percent¡We just couldn't make a lot of shots. But defensively, we battled and tried to make it tough on Kobe and tried to keep a tight paint."
Mavs' forward Dirk Nowitzki on facing a hungry Lakers team in Game Three and sustaining their killer mindset:
"We have to [sustain a killer mindset]. We're a veteran team. We talked about it and this series is far from over. I've been around a long time. I've been up 2-0 before and ending up losing the series, and I've been down 2-0, lost both home games to Houston a couple years ago, and came back and won in Game Seven. So we've seen a lot of things happen in this league. We have to stay focused, stay together, let our home crowd ride us on Friday, and hopefully get another great win."
Mavs' forward Dirk Nowitzki on if he is at all surprised the beat the Lakers twice at STAPLES:
"If you would have told me before that we were going to win both games, it would have been hard to believe. But I think we earned it. We dodged a couple bullets in Game One. They had a big lead and let us back in. Kobe had a great look at a game-winner that he usually makes nine out of ten. And today, I thought we just went for it."
Mavs' forward Dirk Nowitzki on slowing down Pau Gasol:
"With Pau, I'm just trying to battle. He's so long in there. You have to attack him on the defensive end to try to take his legs away on the offensive end. I thought we did a good job battling their bigs."
Mavericks guard Jason Terry on his team's bench scoring:
"We're just very opportunistic. There's certain things that we like to do as a bench when we get the opportunity, and I think that we've been able to do that thus far. The key for us is can we maintain it.."
Mavericks center Tyson Chandler on his team's defensive intensity:
"We felt like we made a lot of mistakes defensively in the first game. After watching the tape, we gave them a lot of open shots, and we wanted to make the proper adjustments. We were able to pick up on things defensively, and offensively we changed some things around. But our main priority was our defense."
Mavericks center Tyson Chandler on winning the first two games of the series on the road:
"We knew this would be a tougher game. We felt like they were going to come out with a lot more energy, so we had to be prepared for that...I knew Kobe would come out very aggressive so these are things we prepared for. After we got Game 1, we looked at it like we've got to try to get another one then."
Mavericks forward Shawn Marion on his team's effort tonight:
"We came to compete, and we came and made something happen here. We made our presence felt on both ends of the floor tonight. And we did a good job of handling the pressure, and just going out there and just doing what we do."
Mavericks forward Shawn Marion on his team's defense:
"We were just being very active in there. I think it helped open up the game for us. I think we were able to limit them. In the first half we gave up a few offensive rebounds normally that we don't give up. At the same time, though, we were able to capitalize on things they did wrong, too. We were able to balance it out in the second half."
Mavericks guard Jason Kidd on his team's performance offensively and defensively:
"I think we kept our composure. We were patient, but playing defense is what's going to win games this time of the year. Right now that's been our focal point. We feel we're going to get good looks, it's just a matter of make or miss."
Mavericks guard Jason Kidd on his team keeping their focus:
"It's a 48 minute game. With the guys like Kobe and the players they have, they can score in a hurry. So for us, we were up 13 or 14 and we couldn't stop playing. We had to get stops, but on the other hand we had to keep trying to score the ball."
Mavericks guard J.J. Barea on the spark he provided for his team tonight:
"Oh yeah, I came out with a lot of energy that I knew we needed and we were up. We did a great job defensively all game. I think a little spark by me worked out in the win."
Mavericks guard J.J. Barea on his team not having a let down after a Game 1 win:
"No let down, that was awesome. First time all year I think. We've got to keep it up, though."