Exactly two weeks ago, the Detroit Pistons came into STAPLES and shot around 58 percent to take a nine-point lead into the halftime locker room, ultimately emerging with a 106-95 victory in L.A.’s lone loss this season.
On this Friday night, the Mavericks – who had won five straight coming into the game – shot 58.5 percent in the first half to take a 57-51 lead, putting the Lakers in a similar position as Detroit had.
This time, the Lakers responded with plenty of fervor, riding a 13-0 run to close the third quarter to a 114-107 victory, complete with 15 second half points from Trevor Ariza and 23 second half points from Kobe Bryant, who was fantastic down the stretch and finished with 35 points.
The shooting percentages alone tell the story … L.A. hit just 36.5 percent in the first half, before cashing in on 59.0 percent in the second, while Dallas went from 58.5 percent to 44.2 percent in the second.
Here are a few more telling numbers in L.A.’s sixth consecutive win:
L.A.’s free throw percentage (14-of-15). Bynum missed the front end of two foul shots at the 9:07 mark of the first quarter, but the Lakers wouldn’t miss again.
Points in the paint from the Lakers, who allowed just 40 from a Dallas team that hit 13-of-29 threes. Andrew Bynum scored 18 points and Pau Gasol 14.
Percent shooting by Kobe Bryant for his 35 points, including 1-of-4 threes. Kobe made all six of his free throw attempts, and added six boards, five assists, a steal and a block in a complete effort.
Points off the bench by Jason Terry in 35 minutes, including three triples. Terry made 13-of-23 shots and added five assists.
Percent of threes hit by Vladimir Radmanovic, who came into the game on fire and hit his first shot of the evening before missing his final three.
Tie of a season-high in points for Bynum on 6-of-12 shooting, including 6-of-7 foul shots. Ariza’s 15 points were also a season-high.
Offensive boards grabbed by L.A., including six from Bynum and four from Gasol. Dallas managed just eight offensive boards, and was outrebounded 45-36 for the game.
Total turnovers committed by the Lakers.