Sunday’s contest at STAPLES Center was hardly a contest.
Perhaps in part because the Dallas Mavericks had surprised the Lakers with a 94-80 victory in L.A.’s second game of the season, L.A. showed little interest in making this a ball game, jumping to a 30-13 lead after the first quarter and closing with a season-high 131 points in victory.
“They played great and we played terrible,” summarized Mavs Coach Rick Carlisle.
At one point early in the fourth quarter, the lead reached 43 points, thanks in part to a season-high 66 bench points including Jordan Farmar’s career-high-tying 24. Shannon Brown and Sasha Vujacic added 11 points a piece off the bench, while Andrew Bynum led the way with 19 on a perfect 8-of-8 from the field.
The only bad news for the Lakers was the loss of Pau Gasol to a left hamstring strain*, which appeared to occur late in the first quarter as the Spaniard left the game and did not return. He’ll be re-evaluated in the morning, and we’ll have full coverage on Lakers.com.
*Gasol strained his right hamstring in preseason and missed the first 11 games of the season.
Yet in this game, with so many numbers jumping off the stat sheet, we kept a running total during each quarter to summarize L.A.’s league-leading 27th win.
0 Potential more games that Ron Artest will miss, after Phil Jackson said that his starting small forward was cleared to practice on Monday. While Artest remains questionable for Tuesday’s game against Houston, Jackson said he is “hopeful” to get him back.
14 Margin of victory when Dallas beat L.A. 94-80 in the season’s second game for both teams. The Mavs had come off a tough home loss to Washington a bit angry, and L.A. seemed to suffer a Ring Night letdown.
3 Shots hit by Gasol in as many attempts before he left the game after 7:12 of action.
6 Rebounds for Lamar Odom in the period (plus four points and an assist) as the Lakers led the board battle 16-13. He’d finish the game with 15 boards, 15 points and six assists.
16 The Mavs’ putrid shooting percentage in the first quarter on 5-of-24 from the field. Ouch. Dallas got caught shooting a lot of jumpers, as L.A. did a good job in cutting off driving lanes and closing off the paint (three blocks).
4 Three-pointers made by the Lakers in the period, including two from Farmar and one each from Brown and Kobe Bryant.
21 Bench points in the quarter, including eight of Farmar’s 12, and all nine of Brown’s. The first quarter had featured a Vujacic three and his four rebounds, while D.J. Mbenga came in to block two shots in what was an excellent first half for L.A.’s pine unit.
26 L.A.’s lead after Bryant nailed a three-pointer to follow back-to-back Shannon Brown buckets, the team’s biggest margin to that point.
100 Bynum’s field goal percentage for the game after he sank his eighth shot in eight attempts, all from within 10 feet (just like L.A.’s coaches draw it up). Bynum’s perfect performance moved him from 12th to 8th in the NBA in field goal percentage (56.4 percent). It was also the most makes without a miss since Nick Van Exel’s 9-for-9 on 11/16/97.
39 Points in the quarter for the Lakers, who seemed to swish everything they collectively threw up, including 4-of-6 three-pointers.
0 Points in the quarter for Bryant, who took just one shot, instead content to draw attention and dish (three assists). He watched the fourth quarter from the bench and finished with 15 points, enough to match Patrick Ewing for 15th on the NBA’s all-time scoring list.
18 Point margin reached by Farmar when he canned his fourth three of the game, a new season high in for an individual bench player, topping Brown’s 17 against Golden State (11/28).
25 More bench points in the quarter for the Lakers, including nine from Farmar, six from Adam Morrison, four each from Mbenga and Josh Powell and a bucket from Brown.
43 L.A.’s largest lead of the game, reached when Farmar nailed a three-pointer with 10:59 to go in the fourth as L.A.’s starters enjoyed the view from the bench.
POSTGAME – SEASON HIGH EDITION
11 Sasha Vujacic’s season-high point total on 4-of-8 shooting, including 3-of-6 from three.
15 Season-high tying rebounds for Lamar Odom.
24 Jordan Farmar’s career-high-tying points on 8-of-14 shooting, including 6-of-8 from three.
35 Margin of victory in the game, L.A.’s largest of the season.
58.3 Three-point percentage, also a season high, on 14-of-24 makes.
63.4 L.A.’s ridiculous shooting percentage, which sets a season high and is the best shooting performance since Jan. 4, 2008 against Philadelphia, when the Lakers shot 66.2 percent.
66 Bench points for L.A., by far a season high. Which led to…
131 A season-high in points, surpassing the 130 scored at Golden State on 11/28/09.