The Los Angeles Lakers don’t like to talk about panic in situations like this, but they might want to start. The Dallas Mavericks beat them 91-83 Wednesday night to takes a 2-0 series lead as both teams head to Texas.
Meanwhile the Lakers had shooting woes all over the place. Kobe Bryant led the Lakers with 23 points but that was on 8 of 20 shooting. Meanwhile Pau Gasol was 5 of 12 for 13 points, Ron Artest was 4 of 10 for 11 points and Lamar Odom was a dreadful 3 of 12 for 6 points. Steve Blake (0 for 5) was booed by Staples Center fans late, as they’d seen enough.
Only Andrew Bynum was bright spot as he scored 18 points and grabbing 13 rebounds on the night.
However, the Lakers played a bad game. The Mavericks didn’t play a great one, but they just played a little better and, more importantly, shot a little better (42%).
The series now heads to Dallas where Mark Cuban and the Maverick fans are waiting to give Kobe and Phil a piece of their minds. Lakers fans, gird your loins.
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