With 59 fouls called and 78 free throws attempted, the Mavericks-Lakers game was anything but smooth. But Lakers coach Phil Jackson explained it and also took a little swipe at the Mavericks and Avery Johnson.
"We knew it was going to be like that," Jackson said. "They like to do that here. The coach gets on the referee, the referee's kind of animated. There's a lot of focus on that in this organization. When you come in here, there's a lot of fouls called a lot of times. The Mavs play that kind of a game so you've got to real careful and it can change the concept of how you play it because of the fouls."
Jackson said the stop and start nature of the game interrupted the flow, but then noted that the Lakers reduced a 17-point lead at the beginning of the fourth quarter to five late in the game, so they seemed to be able to handle it effectively.
-- Jan Hubbard