The Spaniard center had a subpar game in the Lakers' 93-81 loss to the Dallas Mavericks Wednesday night.
The 7-footer scored 13 points and grabbed 10 rebounds in 33 rebounds, but had five fouls while struggling to keep up with the Mavericks' Dirk Nowitzki.
The Dallas forward poured in 24 points.
J.J. Barea, too, played in a critical role in the Mavericks' win. The Puerto Rican guard had 12 points and four assists in 17 minutes.
The Lakers trail the Mavericks 2-0 and have to keep their season alive in Dallas. Game 3 is set for Friday night.
Center Al Horford led the Hawks with 14 rebounds and dished out six assists. But the gritty Dominican only scored six points in 44 minutes, and turned the ball twice.
The eastern conference series is tied at a game apiece. The series resumes in Atlanta on Friday.
The Associated Press contributed to this story.