Sunday, June 13, 2010
Game 5: Celtics vs. Lakers nuggets
By Chris Forsberg
BOSTON -- Here are 10 facts and figures to keep in mind before the Boston Celtics and Los Angeles Lakers clash (ABC, 8 p.m) in Game 5 of the NBA Finals Sunday night at TD Garden (information researched for ESPN by Elias Sports Bureau, Inc.):
1. The Celtics defeated the Lakers in Game 4 with Paul Pierce leading the team in scoring with 19 points and Kendrick Perkins leading the team with seven rebounds. That marked only the third time in the shot clock era that a team won an NBA Finals game without a 20-point scorer or a double-digit rebounder. The only other teams to do that in the shot clock era are the Washington Bullets against Seattle on June 7, 1978 (leading scorer: Bob Dandridge and Charlie Johnson 19; rebounder: Wes Unseld 9) and the Spurs vs. the Cavaliers on June 12, 2007 (leading scorer: Tony Parker 17; rebounder: Bruce Bowen and Tim Duncan 9).
2. The Celtics and Lakers have alternated wins through the first four games of this series. If the Lakers win tonight, it will mark only the third time in the last 29 years that the first five games of an NBA Finals series had a different winner in each game. The only times that has happened since the 1982 Finals was in 1992 (Chicago vs. Portland) and 2003 (New Jersey vs. San Antonio).
3. Kobe Bryant scored 33 points in the Lakers’ Game 4 loss. That marked the seventh time that Bryant has scored 30-or-more points on the road in this postseason. That is the second most 30-point road games in a single postseason. Bryant set the record in that category with nine in the 2009 postseason, and Elgin Baylor (1962), Michael Jordan (1993 and 1998) and Hakeem Olajuwon (1995) did it in seven games.
4. Bryant needs 16 more points to reach 600 in this year’s playoffs. That would mark the third time in his career that Bryant will have scored 600 points in a single postseason. Only one player in NBA history has done that three times: Michael Jordan (1992, 1993 and 1998).
5. The Lakers lost Game 4 despite entering the fourth quarter with a lead. Prior to Game Four, Phil Jackson was 33-3 in NBA Finals games in which his team had a lead at the end of the third quarter. Jackson lost two such games to Portland in the 1992 Finals and once to Boston in 2008.
6. Glen Davis’ field-goal percentage has increased in each successive quarter in this year’s playoffs. He is shooting .300 in the first quarter, .471 in the second quarter, .524 in the third quarter and .600 in the fourth quarter.
7. Rajon Rondo is averaging 13.8 points per game in the postseason in his career as compared to his lifetime 10.7 points per game average during the regular. That 3.1 increase in career scoring average from the regular season to the playoffs is the largest among players that were active during the 2009-10 regular season (minimum: 50 playoff games).
8. Derek Fisher has missed each of his last 11 3-point field goal attempts. That equals the longest streak of consecutive 3-point misses in the postseason in his career. Fisher missed 11 straight shots from beyond the arc during the 2009 playoffs.
9. Doc Rivers’ Celtics defeated Phil Jackson’s Lakers in the 2008 NBA Finals. Rivers is attempting to become just the second head coach to beat Jackson multiple times in a postseason series. The only head coach who has done that is Mike D’Antoni, whose Suns defeated Jackson and the Lakers in the first round of the playoffs in 2006 and 2007.
10. The Lakers have won each of their last 14 games played with a playoff series tied. The last time the Lakers lost a game with the series tied was Game One of the 2009 Western Conference semifinals against Houston.