We highlighted some of the more interesting numbers from L.A.’s Friday evening victory against Toronto at STAPLES Center, the sixth straight for the Purple and Gold to open the 2010-11 campaign:
4 Steals for Derek Fisher, including a key swipe late in the fourth quarter that helped seal the game. Fisher added 11 points to the effort. Also the number of three pointers made by Steve Blake, three of which came in the final few minutes of the first quarter to help the Lakers take an early 33-20 lead.
6 Straight games in which both Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol have scored at least 20 points, the first time two Lakers teammates have done so since 1970 when Jerry West and Wilt Chamberlain did so.
12 Turnovers for the Lakers, who have consistently taken care of the ball throughout the first six games. Also the number of field goal attempts, and free throw attempts, for Bryant towards his 23 points.
13 More free throws attempted by the Lakers than the Raptors, helping explain Toronto’s 14-point edge in the points in the paint category (see below).
20 Shooting percentage of Lamar Odom (2-of-10), who came into the game leading the NBA in field goal percentage at 70 percent.
24 Fastbreak points for Toronto, a fact about which Phil Jackson wasn’t pleased after the game.
30 Points for Gasol to lead the Lakers on 12-of-22 shooting (54.5 percent).
52 Bench points for the Raptors, who were led by Leandro Barbosa’s 17 and 14 from Jose Calderon. L.A. got 14 from Blake and 12 from Shannon Brown towards a total of 30.
58 Points in the paint for the Raptors, compared to just 44 for the Lakers.
84 Combined number of minutes played by Gasol (44) and Odom (40), which Jackson would like to avoid if possible, though found necessary in the continued absence of Andrew Bynum.