Dallas called timeout with 20.3 seconds left, trailing 94-93 and the Lakers subbed in Andrew Bynum for Lamar Odom. The Mavericks followed by going small, putting in Peja Stojakovic for Tyson Chandler and J.J. Barea for Shawn Marion. Lakers coach Phil Jackson tried to change his substitution and put Steve Blake, instead of Bynum, in for Odom to match the Mavs' quickness and was told he was not allowed to.
"The decision at the end of the game where we couldn't put a substitute in, I think was misplaced," Jackson said after Tuesday's practice. "That was something that changed the complexity of the last play. I've never had that happen to me in a ballgame before ... In a dead-ball situation, someone can be substituted in or out. He doesn't have to be in there for a play."
Jackson placed Bynum on Jason Kidd, the man inbounding the ball, and Jackson believes Bynum may have tipped Kidd's pass which led to Pau Gasol trying to go for a steal and in the process fouling Dirk Nowitzki. After the foul, Nowitzki hit two go-ahead free throws with 19.5 seconds to go to give Dallas a lead it would never relinquish.