We highlighted some of the more interesting numbers from the Lakers’ fourth consecutive win, coming on Sunday evening against Golden State at STAPLES Center to improve the team to 12-2 on the season.
0 Shots missed by Pau Gasol in the contest. The Spaniard was perfect from the field (10-for-10) and perfect from the line (8-for-8) towards 28 points, not to mention nine rebounds and five assists. This stat line eerily mirrored the perfect line from Matt Barnes last game at Minnesota: 7-for-7, 5-for-5, 24, seven and five. “I thought he played a great game tonight,” said Phil Jackson, needing only to state the obvious.
1 L.A.’s NBA rank in points, three-point field goal percentage, defensive rebounds and rebounds through 14 games. They scored 69 of 117 points in the first half, and came in averaging 112.2 per game.
5 Season-low points scored by Monta Ellis, who left the game in the third quarter with a hip injury. In related news, Ron Artest was guarding Ellis. Phil Jackson said that Artest did a really good job of keeping a body on Ellis, who made only 2-of-10 field goals.
6 Times in Lakers history that a player has had a perfect performance from the field with a minimum of 10 field goal attempts. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar did it twice, while Wilt Chamberlain, Mitch Kupchak and Byron Scott all did it once.
11 Blocked shots for the Lakers, including four from Gasol and two each for Odom and Artest.
27 Minutes played by Kobe Bryant, the fifth time in 14 games that he’d played less than 32 minutes. By comparison, he hadn’t played less than 32 minutes even once after 14 games last season. This, as Phil Jackson often says, bodes well for later in the season. “It’s very important,” he said. “They have that reserve (energy) to go to Tuesday night (against Chicago) if they need it. Bryant, by the way, scored 20 points on 7-of-16 shooting plus six boards and five assists.
29 Fast break points for the Lakers, not always a team that gets out for easy baskets, compared to only eight from the Warriors. L.A. converted all 12 chances it had in transition.
35 L.A.’s biggest lead of a game in which it never trailed.
44 Bench points for the Lakers, led by 17 from Shannon Brown, nine from Matt Barnes and 13 total from Steve Blake (six) and Devin Ebanks (7).
57.7 Lamar Odom’s field goal percentage on the season, good for seventh in the NBA. Close behind is Gasol at 56.4 percent, good for ninth in the league.