Pau Gasol couldn’t play for the second consecutive game because of a strained right hamstring. DJ Mbenga was the first man off the bench after Andrew Bynum picked up his second foul late in the first quarter. Kobe Bryant also drew two fouls in the first quarter and had to go to the bench. Ron Artest picked up his third foul late in the half and had to go to the bench. The Mavericks led most of the way in the first half despite getting only eight points from Dirk Nowitzki. Jason Terry led the Mavs with 10 points. Bryant had 11 points on 4-for-9 shooting, and Bynum and Shannon Brown added 10 each for the Lakers.