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Box Score Los Angeles Lakers 27 24 21 20 92
Play by Play Dallas Mavericks 29 18 19 32 98


Dirk, Peja help Mavs put Lakers on brink of KO

By JAIME ARON

DALLAS (AP) Just when they were about to make things interesting, Kobe Bryant and the Los Angeles Lakers blew it.

Unable to stop Dirk Nowitzki all night, and their big lineup too slow to cover the outside shooting of Peja Stojakovic and Jason Terry down the stretch, the Lakers lost 98-92 to the Dallas Mavericks on Friday to fall in a 3-0 hole in their second-round series.

All 98 teams in NBA history that have trailed by that margin have wound up losing the series. Thus, the Lakers' two-year reign as NBA champions and their three-year grip on the Western Conference crown, plus the unprecedented coaching career of Phil Jackson, are all on the brink of going kaput - maybe even with the humiliation of a sweep.

Of all the reasons they're in this predicament, the most stunning is that this pedigreed team has fallen apart when it matters most. They wasted a 16-point lead in Game 1, losing at the buzzer when a 3-pointer by Bryant went in and out, and they failed to hold a seven-point lead with 5:05 left in this game. Dallas rallied with an 18-6 run jump-started by 3s by Nowitzki and Stojakovic.

"We're disappointed," said Jackson, who has never been down 3-0 in a series, much less been swept, in 20 years as an NBA coach. "We feel like Games 1 and 3 we controlled the pace of the games. They were better at finishing the games than we were. But we still believe we're going to win the next game and we'll go from there."

Missing the suspended Ron Artest, Jackson gambled with a starting lineup featuring 6-foot-10 Lamar Odom at small forward, alongside 7-footers Andrew Bynum and Pau Gasol. The Lakers logically pounded the ball inside, and controlled the game nearly the entire second half.

Perhaps Artest's absence caught up to them at the end. Jackson acknowledged "there was some fatigue factor in there." He also admitted that his super-sized lineup was much better protecting the paint than defending the 3-point line.

And there was that Nowitzki fellow.

Dallas' superstar scored 32 points, making 12 of 19 shots. With the Lakers' big guys crowding the lane, he went back to his roots and got comfortable behind the 3-point line, burying 4 of 5. He only took four free throws, but made them all.

"Just about everything that happened down the stretch was a direct result of him either scoring the ball or making a play to get somebody a shot, or make a pass for an assist for a 3 or a 2 or whatever it was," Dallas coach Rick Carlisle said.

Terry scored 23, including some of the points that helped ice the victory in the closing minutes. Stojakovic scored 11 of his 15 in the final quarter. Jason Kidd added 11 points and nine assists.

A record Dallas crowd of 21,156 - most wearing royal-blue giveaway T-shirts that read, "The Time Is Now," with the Mavs logo in place of the basketball on top of the championship trophy - went through the usual chants of "De-fense!" and "Beat LA!" without much impact through the first three quarters. With the game on the line, they got to their feet and helped the home team sustain its final push.

Now the third-seeded Mavericks - the perennial underachievers, the club still trying to overcome blowing a 2-0 lead in the 2006 NBA finals - can end this series on its home court Sunday. The Mavs would be the home team in the conference finals, regardless of whether Oklahoma City or Memphis advances.

"We're not good enough to relax or take the pedal off the metal," Nowitzki said. "You don't want to ever give a champion life, so hopefully we can have the same effort and the same crowd and a great game on Sunday."

Bynum had 21 points and 10 rebounds. Odom scored 18 and Bryant scored 17. He had only four points in the final quarter.

Gasol had 12 points and Shannon Brown provided a spark off the bench with 10.

"We're beating ourselves a little bit, not getting a decent shot in the last five minutes of the game," Bynum said.

Brown said the Mavericks are merely benefiting from the Lakers' sloppiness.

"You've got to give 'em credit for capitalizing and making shots, but it's the simple fact that we're not doin' what we're supposed to," he said.

Los Angeles' meltdown included a play where Bryant threw a pass to Gasol, but Gasol expected him to shoot and was looking at the rim. The ball hit him in the back, creating a turnover plucked by Dallas. On the Lakers' next possession, Bryant came up short on a long jumper to beat the shot clock, leading to a pair of free throws by Nowitzki that put the Mavericks ahead for the first time since the final minutes of the first half.

A quick basket by Derek Fisher put Los Angeles back ahead 89-88, then the Mavericks worked the ball to Terry in the corner for a go-ahead 3-pointer. Odom answered with a flick shot over Stojakovic to tie it at 91 with 1:39 left, but that would be it for the Lakers.

Nowitzki made a tough, left-handed hook shot over two defenders, then ran back up the court snarling and with the lead. Odom missed another flick shot over Stojakovic, with defensive help from Tyson Chandler, and Dallas got an extended possession when Chandler reached between two Lakers to knock a rebound to Terry in the corner. The Lakers resorted to fouls and wild shots to try coming back, an ugly way for a team that's been so good for so long to go out - or, at least, get really close to starting its summer vacation.

"They have a lot of pride over there in that locker room," Nowitzki said. "We've got to take it. They're not going to give it to us."

NOTES: Dallas is 4-0 at home this postseason. ... The trio of Odom, Gasol and Bynum had only been on the court together a total of 2 minutes, 19 seconds all season. ... A 3-pointer by Steve Blake early in the second quarter was the first by the Lakers' bench all series.


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0 Teams in NBA history that have come back from 3-0 deficits to win a playoff series, the task now laid out in front of the Lakers.

12 Three-pointers made by the Mavericks, to just three for the Lakers, a pattern from each game of the series.

18 Points in the paint in the first quarter alone for the Lakers, who dominated inside but couldn't take early control of the game with Dallas making four first quarter triples.

32 Points for Dirk Nowitzki, including nine in the fourth quarter, to lead all scorers. Jason Terry added 23 off the Mavericks bench.

38.4 Shooting percentage for Pau Gasol, who made just 5-of-13 shots for 12 points. L.A.'s other 7-footer, Andrew Bynum, was terrific with 21 points and 10 boards on 9-of-16 field goals, while Kobe Bryant and Lamar Odom both made 8-of-16 attempts to total 35 points.




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Points Brynum 21, 9-16 FG
Rebounds Bynum 10, 4 OFF 6 DEF
Assists Bryant 6
Steals Fisher 2
Blocks Odom 1


POSTGAME QUOTES


Lakers Coach Phil Jackson

(Opening statement) "Again, as in Game 1, they finished better than we did. That was the difference in the ball game. They got to the foul line in the second half and we didn't. They made some threes in the fourth quarter and we didn't. They deserved to win and we didn't."

(You were animated during timeouts. What were you telling your guys?) "I thought we were spending too much energy instead of just playing the game and just playing through things.

(At one point you hit Pau in the chest. What did you say to him?) "He grabbed the ball in the half court and wasn't aware that he was holding it in the position we always ask him not to put it in and Terry took it from behind and went down and got a layup. I was just making sure he understood he needed to take care of the basketball in those sequences."

(Do you feel you can get a full, solid game from Pau the next game or is his confidence level shaky?) "Well he's been through enough playoffs games to know the deal that you can come back and play games. Tonight Andrew was the guy that again in the first half, the strength of our ball club. We wanted to take advantage of that, so Pau didn't have that many opportunities. And tonight, I'm sure he'd like to have a couple of them back at the end of the game."

(Your reaction to going down 3-0) "Well we're disappointed. We felt like Games 1 and 3 we controlled the pace of the game, but just couldn't finish the game. They were better finishing the games out than we were, so that's a big disappointment to us. But we still believe we're going to win the next game, and we'll go from them."

(On getting Ron back) "Yeah, we can use Ron. We hope he's back playing his game. One of the things tonight that hurt us was the rotation to the three point line covering that. It's tough for our bigger guys. Lamar had seven opportunities, and some of our other guys had opportunities, but they didn't get out to cover that line."

(What do you tell you team being down 3-0?) "We just said that we didn't finish the game well, that we're disappointed in our ability to cover the line. That we double-teamed Nowitzki ineffectively and irrationally a couple of times at the end of the game, which is something we don't want to do. He matched up with Gasol on him. If we come back and play the same game we're going to win another game. We played too well to lose, is what I said."






Lakers Center Andrew Bynum


(Can you comment on losing the lead in the 4th quarter?) – "[It's] tough man. We played hard and we just gave it away at the end. Up 7 with 8 minutes to go and let them hit two threes. Come down and we didn't do anything offensively. Then we had – they say 3 and out in baseball, we had about 5 and out. It's tough."

(What broke down?) – "Offense, we didn't get a basket there at the end in the last 3 minutes. The last 5 possessions were terrible."

(What changed, you were up 7 with 5 minutes to go?) – "It was 5, yeah, that's crazy. That's what I'm saying, offensively we had about 5 bad possessions straight."

(Did you guys do anything differently or did they make an adjustment?) – "We didn't get into our offense. Let's see, we started, we went out of context, again. I know PJ's [Jackson] probably going to say something about it, so we'll have to adjust it"

(You had a great game going individually; did they change their defense to keep you from getting the ball in the post?) – "We stopped going there, but it's not only one person that wins. It's the triangle [offense]; we're supposed to do it together and tonight we didn't at the end."

(You guys historically win these close games in the past few years – you've lost 2 in one series, why is that?) – "Coming down at the end of the game and just not being prepared and not running what we've got to. We lost the ball in game one, and we lost the ball down the stretch this game. And we had 5 offensive possessions where it resulted in fast breaks for them."

(You had some success defending Dirk in the first half; he kind of got going late, how do you stop him?) – "Well tonight I think the refs bailed him out on a call on the baseline, but he had a great game. I said to him that he was going to have to keep making shots over the top and he did. So, that's 32 points. He did what he was supposed to do."






Lakers Forward Lamar Odom

(What happened in the last 5 minutes tonight?) – "Same thing that happened when we were up 16 at home."

(Is it possible that in this day and time that they're better than you guys?) – "It's how we're playing; it's how the games are ending."

(So are they beating you or are you throwing them away?) – "I don't know. I mean a real man can admit defeat when you lose. Whatever we did, we did it wrong enough to wind up losing the game. We just can't find a way to pull one out."

(Since you've been in LA you haven't been in a sweep – how do you avoid one?) – "Just find a way to close out a game."

(Talk about you execution at the end of the game and how you guys are feeling…) - "Probably shocked a little bit. That last play, I think we were down 2, I didn't get where I wanted to get on the court. I ended up taking turnaround jumper and I felt confident but I left it short. Just our execution toward the end of the game, like reading who has the advantage, where to get them the ball. Sometimes it's just hard for me to understand how we find ourselves in a game like that and we don't know how to use each other's strengths. We've been through it so many times, but we're so stubborn with each other, and it caught up to us."






Mavs Head Coach Rick Carlisle

(how the team took over the fourth quarter) "It was a slugfest game, we were down eight, with six or eight minutes left, but we hung in there and kept battling. Dirk Nowitzki made it happen. Just about everything that happened down the stretch was a direct result of him either scoring the ball or making a play to get somebody a shot or make a pass for an assist for a three or a two or whatever it was. You got to give our crowd a lot of credit. It was every bit as loud as it was in Portland the other day, and that was a difference maker"

(On Peja Stojakovic) "The key to the game, aside from Dirk being the guy who facilitated everything on offense, was that Peja did a great job on Lamar Odom the last six or seven minutes. As great as Kobe Bryant is, and he is un-guardable, Odom is right there with him as one of the most difficult matchups in all of basketball, because of his versatility, his size, length, skill. We needed Peja's shooting out there, but the job he did defensively was equally important."

(on what this postseason means to Nowitzki and Terry) "It's not just those two guys, everybody is focused. We're all trying to do something that we have never done, so the focus, the determination, the discipline, and all those things, is crucial. Dirk is one of the all-time greats, there's no doubt about that, but we're going for the ring and that's the one thing he hasn't done in his career, and he's one step closer, but we have a long way to go, and getting one more game from Los Angeles is going to be a lot of hard work, and we're going to have to stay humble and stay hungry.







Mavs forward Dirk Nowitzki


(How confident is this team right now?) – "It's great we just didn't panic early when they (Lakers) were going inside all night. They were up there eight in the 4th quarter and we stuck with it. We said in the huddle that we keep fighting, keep plugging away and finally got some stops and got some shots to fall on the offensive end and that was big."

(How do you close of the series against the two-time defending champs?) – "We've got to keep attacking on the offensive end and keep them off balance on the defensive end by attacking at all angles. We've got to keep shooting the ball well and defensively just keep battling and keep winning the rebounding game."

(How do you keep the momentum going on Sunday?) – "We've just got to go for it. We're not good enough to coast or relax or anything. We've got to go for it on Sunday with the same hype from the crowd."




Mavericks forward Peja Stojakovic

"I just have to continue to be aggressive on the offensive end and I think that was the key tonight for all of us because they were doubling Dirk from the very beginning so we had to relieve the pressure. When we make a few shots that opens up everything for him (Dirk) and it helps him get to the basket and draw fouls and he knocked down most of his jump shots."

"They (Lakers) started with a big lineup tonight and we did a pretty good job against that lineup in the second half and that lineup gave us some problems on the boards but we stuck with it and stuck with the game plan. Defensive rebounding was a key for us and just sticking with the game plan on offense and being aggressive."

"When they established their low post presence with that long lineup early in the game they were getting everything in the paint which opens up the outside shooting and that's dangerous because they are very skilled in the paint, but in the 4th quarter we did a pretty good job defensively and making them shoot over us and take tough shots and it worked."










LAKERS VS. MAVERICKS GAME 3 PREVIEW

By JAIME ARON

DALLAS (AP) One big man is struggling, the other is spouting off about "trust issues." Their enforcer got carried away at the end of the last game and is suspended from the next one.

Their mental edge is gone, and so is their home-court advantage. They've even lost the approval of one of their greatest icons.

Asked how to get them to snap out of it, their Zen master coach suggested "flogging them." Then he laughed. Hey, Phil Jackson's retiring in a few days or weeks, so he might as well crack wise.

Such melodrama is vintage Hollywood, but usually for the make-believe folks. Or the Clippers. Certainly not the realm of Kobe Bryant and the Los Angeles Lakers.

Yet early in their second-round series against the Dallas Mavericks, Bryant and the Lakers are in deep trouble, and they know it.

Los Angeles is down 0-2 going into Game 3 on Friday night. While three teams in NBA history have won a seven-game series after losing the first two at home, no team has rallied from an 0-3 deficit. That makes the next game pivotal in the Lakers' quest for a third straight championship.

"Desperate, that's a strong word," Bryant said. "I think when you play desperate you don't play your best basketball. What we need to do is relax, focus on what we're doing wrong and the mistakes that we're making. We have plenty to review and lock in on."

Their problems start on defense.

Dirk Nowitzki is having his way with the Lakers no matter whether they try covering him with someone big or small. That happens with all teams. The surprise is that Los Angeles is struggling with everyone else, all the way down to speedy little backup point guard J.J. Barea.

Barea scooted all over the court in Game 2 on Wednesday night until the final minute, when Ron Artest swung his forearm and whacked Barea in the face. Artest was thrown out and the league told him Thursday that he can't play in Game 3.

If the Lakers' invincibility wasn't already gone, that cheap shot made it clear how frustrated this team is.

Just look at the inside tandem of Pau Gasol and Andrew Bynum. Gasol is playing so poorly on both ends of the court that he was booed in the second half of Game 2, at least until many fans left early or lost interest. After the game, Bynum spiced things up by saying "all 13 of our guys have trust issues right now," further describing those problems as "deeply rooted."

Lakers great Magic Johnson is disgusted. On Wednesday night, he tweeted, "It's going to be a tough climb to come back and I think their chances are slim." On Thursday, he tweeted that Bynum should've kept his mouth shut.

All told, the Lakers look tired, mentally and physically. Maybe it's the toll of reaching the finals each of the last three years.

This is nothing new, either. They've had several stretches this season when they've looked vulnerable, only to revert to their title-worthy form. Just last round, they lost the opener to the Hornets and were tied 2-2 in the series before Bryant pulled them through. What seemed like a jump-start to another title run is now looking like it might've been a last gasp.

"We don't like being in this position," point guard Derek Fisher said. "It's not familiar, you know? But we are where we are, so we have to make sure we stay together as a group and figure this thing out. We're trying to make history here, and that's not easy. We have to be willing to be accountable, all of us."

The Lakers can't be counted out because they still have Bryant - and because they're playing the Mavericks, a team that tends to blow games and series every postseason.

Dallas appeared headed toward another flop when it gave away a 23-point lead over the last 14 minutes of Game 4 in a first-round series against Portland. But the Mavs haven't lost since, a streak of four wins, with the last three coming on the road.

The road wins are especially significant because Dallas had lost eight straight playoff road games, and 18 of 20. Such performances in Portland and in Los Angeles back up what players have been saying since training camp: These aren't the same old Mavs.

But two games only counts as a good start toward changing Dallas' reputation. And it's not like the Mavericks played two perfect games. The Lakers would've won the opener if a buzzer-beating 3-pointer by Bryant stayed in the cylinder instead of bouncing out.

"This series is far from over," Nowitzki said. "I've been up 2-0 before and ended up losing the series. We've seen a lot of things happen in this league so we've got to stay focused, stay together and let our home crowd ride us and get another great win."

The last time they played in Dallas, the Mavericks gave their best performance of the postseason, their bounceback game following the Game 4 collapse. The building should be even louder this time because of the higher stakes, and because it will be the Lakers' first playoff visit in 23 years.

The Mavs already posted on YouTube an animated video that's sure to get a rousing response when it's played Friday night: "Mamas Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up To Be Lakers Fans."

It's the continuation of a series that began with the Mavericks' run to the NBA finals in 2006.

Odds are, the club's video folks are already working on versions for the Thunder and Grizzlies. Just in case.



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Game Announcements




Lakers Kobe Bryant (sprained left ankle) will play.
Matt Barnes (sore right knee) is probable.
Andrew Bynum (bone bruise, right knee) is probable.
Devin Ebanks (stress fracture, left tibia) is out.

Caron Butler (ruptured right patellar tendon) is out.



Game 1: 5/02 - DAL @ LAL L 94-96
Game 2: 5/04 -
DAL @ LAL L 81-93
Game 3: 5/06 -
LAL @ DAL
Game 4: 5/08 -
LAL @ DAL
Game 5: 5/10 -
DAL @ LAL*
Game 6: 5/12 -
LAL @ DAL*
Game 7: 5/15 -
DAL @ LAL*
* if necessary

Regular Season:
01/19
- LAL @ DAL L 100-109
03/12 - LAL @ DAL W 96-91
03/31 - DAL @ LAL W 110-82


"Don't ever underestimate the heart of a Champion." Rudy Tomjanovich spoke those words in Houston in 1995 when asked about the Rockets improbable playoff run to the title. We are facing a similar set of circumstances that Houston faced back then so we are aware that it is still possible to win this series. The heart of our championship team will once again be put to the test in game 3. Many times throughout the season in this report we have talked about the importance of "helping the helper." Teams that do this on the defensive end show the ultimate cohesion that must take place to win a championship. These three simple words mean that when someone helps a teammate in a defensive situation there must be full confidence that another teammate will rotate to cover the area or man left open when by the first helper. One of the ways this is manifesting itself in this series is by the lob dunks that Tyson Chandler is getting. When one of our big men go out to help the ball handler in a screen and roll situation we know a player like Chandler is going to roll out straight to the rim (as opposed to someone like Nowitzki who can either roll or pop to the three point line). It is up to the other three defenders to know the game plan and execute it. If the situation or spacing on the floor doesn't allow this execution then the defenders must simply communicate to make sure someone is in position to get to the man rolling to the rim. Obviously we did a poor job of that in game 2 and if we do not improve in helping the helper we will be in a very dire situation.

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GAME NOTES

SEASON& SERIES NOTES; CONNECTIONS
The Lakers took this season's series from Dallas 2-1 after splitting last season's series 2-2 and sweeping the '08-09 season series with the Mavericks 3-0. The Lakers last lost a season series to Dallas in 2006-07 (1-3), their first series loss to the Mavericks since the 1986-87 season and only the third ever (1983-84). Overall, the Lakers are 7-3 against the Mavericks in their last 10 games. In Dallas, the Lakers have gone 4-6 in their last 10 games at American Airlines Center. The Lakers are 18-4 all-time against the Mavericks at STAPLES Center and 8-2 in their last 10 home games overall. Under head coach Phil Jackson, the Lakers are 28-13 against the Mavericks. In their first meeting last season (10/30/09), the Lakers lost for just the 11th time at home against the Mavericks, ending a 6-game win streak against Dallas as well as a 4-game home win streak against the Mavs. Also last season, on 1/3/10 at STAPLES Center, the Lakers established a new series record for margin of victory over Dallas, defeating the Mavericks by 35 (131-96), surpassing the old 33-point margin of victory established 12/1/93 (124-91). In their first meeting of the 2008-09 season, Jason Kidd posted his 101st career triple-double and his fourth ever against the Lakers. In December of 2005, Kobe Bryant established a new series record with 62 points against the Mavericks in a 112-90 victory at STAPLES Center. In that contest, Bryant single-handedly outscored the Mavericks 62-61 through three quarters. In 2007-08, Bryant again went over the 50-point mark against the Mavericks, scoring 52 points in the Lakers 108-104 overtime victory March 2 at STAPLES Center. Mavericks forward Caron Butler played the 2004-05 season with the Lakers, averaging 15.5 points, 5.8 rebounds, 1.9 assists and 1.44 steals in 35.7 minutes over 77 games. Mavericks center Tyson Chandler played locally at Dominguez High School in Compton, CA where he helped the Dons to three straight CIF Div. II state championships. Prior to this postseason, the Lakers and Mavericks have met in the playoffs three times (1984 WC Semifinals (4-1), 1986 WC Semifinals (4-2), 1988 WC Finals (4-3)) with the Lakers advancing on each occasion.

UPHILL CLIMB
In losing both Games 1 and 2 of the Western Conference Semifinals to Dallas at STAPLES Center, the Lakers dropped the first two games of any playoff series (5-game or 7-game) at home for the first time since the 1977 Conference Finals versus Portland. Prior to this series, the Lakers had hosted the first two games of a playoff series 60 times since the last time they dropped the first two games at home. Overall, this is only the third time the Lakers have ever hosted and lost the first two games of a playoff series (1977 Conference Finals, 1969 Division Semifinals).

Additionally, the Lakers became the 19th team to lose the opening two games of a best-of-seven series at home. Of the previous 18 teams to do so, three came back to win the series (1969 Lakers vs. San Francisco / Division Semifinals; 1994 Rockets vs. Phoenix / Conference Semifinals; 2005 Mavericks vs. Houston / First Round). Of those three teams, only the 1994 Houston Rockets went on to win the NBA Championship that year.

BRYANT TWO POINTS SHY OF O'NEAL FOR 3rd ON NBA'S ALL-TIME PLAYOFF SCORING LIST With 23 points 5/4 vs. Dallas, Kobe Bryant moved within two points of Shaquille O'Neal (5,248) for 3rd on the NBA's all-time postseason scoring list. Entering the 2011 NBA Playoffs, only Michael Jordan (1st/5,987), Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (2nd/5,762) and O'Neal (3rd/5,248) had scored more points in the playoffs than Bryant (5,246). Among all players with 2,500+ postseason points, only Michael Jordan (33.4), Jerry West (29.1), Elgin Baylor (27.0), Hakeem Olajuwon (25.9) and Dirk Nowitzki (25.7) have a higher postseason scoring average than Bryant (25.5). Last postseason, Bryant's fade away jumper at the 8:58 mark of the third quarter April 22, 2010 at Oklahoma City moved him past Jerry West (4,457) for 1st on the Lakers all-time playoff scoring list.

BRYANT CONTINUES DOUBLE-FIGURE PLAYOFF SCORING STREAK
With 23 points May 4 vs. Dallas, Kobe Bryant scored 10+ points in a playoff game for the 157th consecutive time. Earlier this postseason, Bryant scored 17 points 4/24/11 at New Orleans despite going scoreless in the first half of a playoff game for the first time since 5/25/04 vs. Minnesota. Also, Bryant's 11 points 4/20/11 vs. New Orleans were the fewest during the streak, which began in Game 6 of the 2000 NBA Finals vs. Indiana (6/19/2000), since he scored 11 points in Game 3 of the 2004 NBA Finals at Detroit (6/10/04). The only streak longer than Bryant's in NBA history is Michael Jordan's run of 179 consecutive double-figure scoring playoff games from 4/19/85 ¨C 6/14/98 (end of his career).

BRYANT'S 81 30+ POINT GAMES TRAIL ONLY MICHAEL JORDAN IN NBA PLAYOFF HISTORY With 36 points 5/2 vs. Dallas, Kobe Bryant recorded his 81st career 30+ point playoff game, moving him further past both Jerry West (74) and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (75) for the second most 30+ point playoff games in NBA history. Only Michael Jordan (109) has more 30+ point playoff games than Bryant. Elgin Baylor (60) and Shaquille O'Neal (55) round out the all-time list. Bryant, who recorded his first 30+ point playoff game in the 2000 NBA Playoffs, posted 14 30+ point games during the 2010 Championship run and 15 during the 2009 Championship postseason.

JACKSON-LED TEAMS A TOUGH OUT WHEN PLAYING FROM AHEAD
When Phil Jackson wins Game 1 of any playoff series, best-of-five or best-of-seven, his teams are 48-0, having gone 24-0 with Chicago and 24-0 with the Lakers. When Jackson-led teams open a series with a 2-0 lead, he is 36-0 all-time. And when holding a series lead of any kind, Jackson's teams are 55-1 all-time.

JACKSON'S SPARKLING PLAYOFF RESUME
Last postseason, with the Lakers victory over Utah in Game 1 of the 2010 Conference Semifinals, Phil Jackson won for the 103rd time with the Lakers in the playoffs, passing Pat Riley (102) for most playoff victories in Lakers franchise history. Overall, Jackson owns a 229-102 postseason record, with his 229 victories being the most of any NBA coach in playoff history. Additionally, Jackson's 331 career playoff games are also the most of any coach in playoff history, while his .692 postseason win percentage is tops among all coaches as well. With the Lakers 2010 NBA Championship, Jackson (11 as head coach, 2 as player) further surpassed legendary Celtics coach Red Auerbach (9) for most championships won by a head coach while also further passing fellow Hall-of-Famer Bill Russell (11) for most championships won by a player/coach. Jackson has taken his teams to the NBA Finals 13 times, tying him with NHL coaching legend Scotty Bowman for most trips to the Finals in a major professional sport played in the United States.






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