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2011 NBA Playoffs, Lakers Vs. Mavericks: Game 2 Preview

The Los Angeles Lakers will try to even their second-round NBA playoff series with the Dallas Mavericks Wednesday night in Game 2 at Staples Center. They held a 16-point lead early in the third quarter, but ended up losing by two, 96-94 in Game 1 on Monday night. Here are the relevant details of Game 2:

Who: No. 2 seed Lakers (57-25), No. 3 seed Mavericks (57-25)

What: 2011 Western Conference Semifinals, Game 2; Dallas leads best-of-seven series, 1-0

Where: Staples Center, downtown Los Angeles

When: 7:30 p.m. PDT


Game 1 Aftermath: When losing Game 1, the Lakers in their history are 13-22 in all best-of-seven series.

Game 2 Hope: When splitting the first two games of a best-of-seven series, the Lakers are 29-12 all-time

Back of Milk Cartons: The Lakers need better games Wednesday from Andrew Bynum (eight points, five rebounds in Game 1) and Ron Artest (two points, three rebounds, four assists, three steals)

Bench: The Dallas bench outscored the Lakers' bench 40-25 in Game 1, and the Mavs' reserves shot 55.2% from the field.

For more news on this second-round matchup, be sure to stay tuned to this story stream at SB Nation Los Angeles. For more NBA playoff coverage, check out SB Nation's playoff bracket and schedule. For more news and information on the Lakers, be sure to read the SB Nation blog Silver Screen and Roll.