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NBA FINALS / GAME 3 LAKERS 106, NEW JERSEY 103

By The Numbers

June 10, 2002

3-0 - Second time in franchise history the Lakers have had this lead in the NBA Finals. (The Minneapolis Lakers also led 3-0 in winning the first of the franchise's 13 NBA championships in 1949).

7 - Consecutive victories in the NBA Finals, a record.

155 - Playoff coaching victories for Phil Jackson, who shares the NBA record with former Laker coach Pat Riley.

36 - Points in Game 3 by Kobe Bryant, his highest total in the 2002 playoffs.

71 - Combined points in Game 3 by Bryant and Shaquille O'Neal, their second-highest total in 2002 playoffs. (They scored 72 points in the Game 6 victory over Sacramento in Western Conference finals).

.544 - Lakers' shooting percentage in Game 3--the second time in 18 playoff games they shot 50% or better (both in the NBA Finals).

.518 - Shooting percentage for Nets in Game 3, making it the first time since the 1987 Boston Celtic-Laker series that two teams shot better than 50% in the NBA Finals.

12:08 - Time that Nets led in Game 3.

0:59 - Time that Nets led in first two games.

0 - Times that a team has come back from a 3-0 deficit in the NBA playoffs.

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