LOS ANGELES -- Here are 10 facts and figures to keep in mind when the Boston Celtics and Los Angeles Lakers clash (ABC, 9 p.m.) in Game 7 of the NBA Finals Thursday evening at the Staples Center (information researched for ESPN by Elias Sports Bureau, Inc.):
1. This is the fifth time that the Celtics and Lakers will be meeting in a Game 7. That is the fourth highest total of Game 7s played between two opposing teams in the three major North American pro sports that use series to determine playoff winners. In the NHL, the Boston Bruins and Montreal Canadiens have met in a Game 7 seven times and the Detroit Red Wings and Toronto Maple Leafs have done it six times. In the NBA, the Celtics and 76ers have met in a Game 7 six times.
2. This is the eighth time that the defending NBA champion will be playing in a Game 7 in the Finals. The defending champs are 6-1 in those games, including a perfect 5-0 mark at home. The only team to lose in that situation was the Pistons against the Spurs in San Antonio in 2005.
3. Kevin Garnett is averaging 21 points and 15 rebounds per game in three appearances in a Game 7 in his career. Only four other players in NBA history are averaging 20+ points and 15+ rebounds per game in Game 7 (minimum: two games): Charles Barkley, Wilt Chamberlain, Dave Cowens and Bob Pettit.
Bynum4. Andrew Bynum is expected to start at center for the Lakers in the deciding game of the NBA Finals. Only two players have played at least 10 minutes in a Game 7 in the NBA Finals at a younger age than Bynum (22 years, 233 days old today): Seattle's Jack Sikma in 1978 (22 years, 205 days old) and Boston's Tom Heinsohn in 1957 (22 years, 230 days old). (The NBA began tracking minutes played in 1951-52).
5. After appearing in each of Boston's first 23 games of the 2010 playoffs, Kendrick Perkins has been declared out for Game 7. Only one other player has missed Game 7 of the NBA Finals after appearing in all of his team's playoff games prior to that: Bob McAdoo in 1984.
Wallace6. Rasheed Wallace went 0-for-7 from the field in Game 6. Only one player has had a worse shooting performance in a game in which his team had a chance to win the NBA title. Seattle's Dennis Johnson was 0-for-14 from the field in Game 7 of the 1978 Finals.
7. The Celtics 22-point margin of defeat in Game 6 marked the third time in the 2010 playoffs that they have lost a game by 20-or-more points. Only two teams in NBA history have won an NBA title in a season in which they lost three games by 20-or-more points during the playoffs: the Rockets in 1995 (three) and the Lakers in 1972 (three).
8. In the history of the NBA playoffs, the visiting team has posted a .200 winning percentage in Game 7 (21-84). But the Celtics have registered a 3-2 record (.600) on the road in Game 7, the highest winning percentage for any NBA franchise.
9. Ray Allen has made 54 3-point field goals in the 2010 playoffs. That is four shy of the record for the most three-pointers in a single postseason. Indiana's Reggie Miller made 58 shots from beyond the arc during the 2000 playoffs.
10. Allen has made all 19 of his free-throw attempts in this series. If he does not miss from the line in tonight's game, Allen will set the NBA record for most free-throws made without a miss in an NBA Finals series. The record is currently held by Vlade Divac, who went 13-for-13 in 1991.