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Game 2: Celtics-Lakers nuggets

6/6/2010

LOS ANGELES -- Here are 10 facts and figures to keep in mind before the Celtics and Lakers clash (ABC, 8 p.m.) in Game 2 of the NBA Finals at the Staples Center (information researched for ESPN by Elias Sports Bureau, Inc.):

1. The Lakers defeated the Celtics by 13 points in Game 1 of this series. Prior to the 2010 playoffs, 29 teams won the first game of the NBA Finals by 10-or-more points. Of those teams, 24 went on to win the series (82.8 percent). The five teams that lost the series: Philadelphia vs. Baltimore (1948), New York vs. the Lakers (1972), Boston vs. the Lakers (1985), Detroit vs. the Lakers (1988) and Dallas vs. Miami (2006).

2. The Celtics have already won a series after losing the first game in this postseason (conference semifinals vs. Cleveland). Since the NBA instituted the current playoff format in 1983-84, only five teams have won two playoff series after losing Game 1 in a single postseason: Houston in 1995, Philadelphia in 2001, San Antonio in 2003, Miami in 2006 and Dallas in 2006.

3. Only 27 percent of the teams that have lost Game 1 of the NBA Finals have come back to win the series. But the Celtics have been in this situation in the NBA Finals six times and went on to win the series in four of those instances (66.7 percent) -- with three of those comebacks coming at the expense of the Lakers (1966, 1969 and 1984).

BryantBryant4. Kobe Bryant has scored 30-or-more points in 11 out of his last 12 playoff games. Only three other players in NBA history scored 30+ points at least 11 times in a 12-game stretch within a single postseason: Elgin Baylor in 1962, Jerry West in 1966 and Michael Jordan in 1989.

5. Bryant has scored 501 points in this postseason. This is the fifth time that Bryant has scored 500-or-more points in a single playoff season. Only one player in NBA history has done that more times than Bryant: Michael Jordan (eight times).

AllenAllen6. Ray Allen is shooting 50 percent from 3-point range in the NBA Finals in his career (22-for-44). That is the highest career three-point field-goal percentage in NBA Finals history for any of the 66 players with at least 20 attempts from beyond the arc.

7. Phil Jackson registered his 44th career victory in the NBA Finals in Game 1. That is one more win in the NBA Finals than the combined total of the 33 other head coaches who appeared in at least one game during the 2009-10 regular season (43 Finals wins).

8. The Lakers have won each of their last 20 best-of-seven series in which they have won Game 1. That is the second longest such streak in NBA history (Boston 22 straight from 1958-73)... The Lakers are 29-3 (.906) at home in the postseason since the start of the 2008 playoffs. The combined home winning percentage of all other teams in the postseason over that span is .665.

9. Boston shot 1-for-10 from 3-point range in Game 1. That tied the second-lowest 3-point percentage by a team in an NBA Finals game (min: 10 attempts). Portland was 1-for-12 against Chicago on June 5, 1992 and the Lakers were 1-for-10 against the Nets on June 5, 2002.

10. There are seven active players that have appeared in an NBA Finals series with two different franchises. Five of those players are on an active roster in this series: Shannon Brown (Cavaliers and Lakers), Michael Finley (Spurs and Celtics), D.J. Mbenga (Mavericks and Lakers), Josh Powell (Mavericks and Lakers) and Rasheed Wallace (Pistons and Celtics). The other two players are James Posey (Heat and Celtics) and Shaquille O’Neal (Heat, Magic and Lakers).