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Los Angeles and San Antonio are meeting in the playoffs for the 11th time since 1981-82. That is the most times two teams have faced each other in the postseason over that span.
Including the Lakers’ Game 3 loss on Sunday, Kobe Bryant has been held without a single make from the free-throw line in six career playoff starts. The first three all came in the 2000 NBA Finals against Indiana, while the last three have all come against the Spurs.
With his 21-rebound effort on Sunday, Tim Duncan has now grabbed at least 14 rebounds in seven straight playoff games. The only active players to have longer such streaks in the postseason are Shaquille O’Neal, with 10 from May 1999 to May 2000, and Kevin Garnett, with nine straight from April 2001 to April 2003.
The Lakers held San Antonio to just 71 points in their Game 2 win on Friday, the fourth fewest allowed by the club in a postseason contest in the shot clock era. The only time in franchise history that San Antonio scored fewer points in a playoff game was on April 22, 2000, in a 72-70 loss to the Phoenix Suns in Game 1 of the first round.
Manu Ginobili led the Spurs with 30 points on Sunday, giving him 1061 career points coming off the bench in the postseason. That is the most by any active player, with Robert Horry ranking second with 760 career points scored as a reserve in the playoffs.
The Celtics had their nine-game home winning streak in the playoffs snapped with its Game 2 loss to Detroit. The only time in franchise history that Boston won 10 straight home games in a single postseason came in 1986, when the Celtics went 10-0 at the Garden on their way to their last NBA championship.
With their win on Thursday, the Pistons improved to 9-0 in Game 2s dating back to the 2005-06 postseason. This series against the Celtics is the first time since 2005-06 that Detroit has had to play a Game 2 away from home.
Rodney Stuckey has totaled 119 points so far this postseason. The only rookies in Pistons’ franchise history to score more points in a postseason are Ray Scott (173 in 1961-62) and Tayshaun Prince (141 in 2002-03).