We highlighted L.A.’s 107-83 coast-to-coast victory over Golden State with a look at some of the outstanding numbers of the evening:
0 Free throws attempted by the Warriors in the first half. Also the number of times Golden State led in the game.
4 Undefeated teams in the NBA after nearly a week of play, including the Lakers, Trail Blazers, Hornets and Hawks (all 3-0). Golden State was 2-0 heading into Sunday’s loss.
5 More points scored by the Pau Gasol, Kobe Bryant and Lamar Odom trio (43) in the first half than by Golden State’s full team (38). The three also combined for 20 first half rebounds.
8 Offensive boards for the Lakers in a dominant first quarter, five of which came from Odom. The home team used the glass to open a 34-14 lead heading into the second period, though the bench promptly allowed Golden State to get within
single digits (36-27) with an offensive drought (0-for-9) to open the second.
10 Consecutive victories by the Lakers over the Warriors. The last loss came back on March 23, 2008. “We’ve been successful against them the last couple of years,” said an understated Gasol.
13 L.A.’s advantage on the glass.
20 Turnovers for the Lakers, who got a bit sloppy after opening their double-digit lead. Also the number of points scored by Monta Ellis on 9-of-20 field goals to lead Golden State, a total the Lakers could certainly live with after Phil Jackson said pregame that Ellis had the capability of leading the league in scoring.
27 Minutes played by Bryant, in which he scored 20 points with seven rebounds. It’s always a luxury for Phil Jackson to be able to leave Bryant on the bench in the fourth quarter, thus saving his legs for the long stretch, though Bryant did look good physically. After the game, Bryant said he was “100 percent,” suggesting in a somewhat facetious manner that he didn’t want to hear further questions about his health. Phil Jackson, however, said that while he thought Bryant looked close to being fully healthy offensively, there was still progress to be made on defense.
30 Combined points (13), rebounds (10), assists (four), steals (two) and blocks (one) for Odom in an all-around terrific first half. He held his counterpart David Lee without a point and just two rebounds, and was on triple-double watch before sitting out the fourth quarter. Incidentally, the first triple-double of Odom’s career came against the Warriors on 4/11/06, when he scored 15 points with 13 boards and 10 assists.
“I thought (Odom) played really well,” said Jackson. “We were concerned, David Lee was on the All-Star team last year, and basically Lamar was very effective against him on both ends of the floor. He’s a guy that we rely on to rebound the ball … he wills himself to the ball and that’s great.”
33 Gasol’s team-high plus/minus number after an individually dominant performance: 26 points on 10-of-19 field goals, 12 rebounds and four assists.