We highlighted some of the more interesting numbers from the Lakers’ fifth consecutive win, produced on Tuesday evening against Chicago at STAPLES Center to improve the team to 13-2 on the season.
37 Points from L.A.’s Killer B’s* (which both Matt Barnes and Lamar Odom said they preferred to the 3B’s or the B Unit) Shannon Brown (21), Barnes (10) and Steve Blake (6), a major key towards L.A.’s win. Overall, L.A. outscored Chicago’s bench 39-10. Brown had a huge first half, scoring 18 points, while Blake and Barnes nailed back-to-back-to-back three-pointers in the fourth quarter that put the game away.
*By the way, when Odom returns to the bench, one of our Twitter followers suggested the BOBB Squad.
18 Fourth quarter points scored by the Bulls, their low by five in the game, thanks to L.A.’s D. As Phil Jackson described: “Our defense I thought got a lot better. We got some stops of penetrations, some turnovers and some rebounds. I think our group out there that started that quarter had a little more intensity … it helped us a lot, and our offense was aggressive.”
14 Offensive boards ceded to the Bulls in a category L.A. often dominates, five of which came from Joakim Noah, who led all boarders with 13.
12 Turnovers for the Lakers in a well-controlled game, resulting in just nine Bulls points. L.A. capitalized more effectively on Chicago’s 13 turnovers, scoring 17 points.
11 Of his team-high 30 points that came in the third quarter, highlighted by four impressive and explosive forays into the paint. Two reverse layups were particularly nasty, as the Bulls managed to cut a 10-point Lakers lead down to one heading into the fourth quarter. Jackson mentioned that Rose’s great third period was impressive, but that it may have worn him down a bit heading into the final quarter.
5 Three-pointers hit by Brown, including four straight in the first half, to improve his total to a team-high 29 on the season in 57 attempts, good for a .508 percentage. Only seven players in the NBA have made more than Brown’s 29 threes, and not one is shooting higher than 43 percent (Stephen Jackson, who’s made a league-high 40). Jackson called Brown “remarkable” in the first half, adding that he kept the Lakers in the game.
5 Blocked shots by Pau Gasol, who effectively protected L.A.’s rim as a partial response to being less involved on offense. He made only 3-of-10 shots as Chicago’s defense doubled the post, but totaled 11 boards, four assists, two steals and those swats to contribute to the win.
1 Team with fewer losses than the Lakers: the 12-1 San Antonio Spurs, though the Lakers now boast the most wins in the NBA with 13.