Lakers – Hornets Postgame Numbers

We highlighted some of the more interesting numbers from L.A.’s Friday evening victory over the New Orleans Hornets at STAPLES Center, which saw the team’s record improve to 26-11 on the season.

26,720 Needing 16 points to surpass Oscar Robertson for sole possession of 9th place on the NBA’s all-time scoring list, Kobe Bryant dropped 25, showing off a motley crew of offensive moves including a left-handed floater while driving left that sealed the win late in the fourth quarter.

50.6 L.A.’s field goal percentage in a very solid all-around performance from the field. The Lakers made 39-of-77 overall buckets, and 5-of-12 three-pointers.

20 Points scored by Pau Gasol, as well as his combined number of rebounds (13) and assists (7) in a terrific all-around game for the Spaniard, his best in a few weeks.

17 Points off the pine for Lamar Odom, who managed 24 against New Orleans last week in his first game off the bench of the season. He added 13 rebounds to match Gasol. This was also the number of points scored by Andrew Bynum, one short of his season high, on 7-of-13 field goals with five boards of his own. All together, it was a dominating performance from L.A.’s front line.

8 First half turnovers for the Lakers, helping the Hornets stay in the game despite 60.6 percent shooting from the home team. L.A., however, took much better care of the rock in the second half, amassing only three more turnovers to finish with 11.

2 Injuries to Lakers players, including a sprained right knee for Matt Barnes and a sprained left ankle for Steve Blake. Barnes will get an MRI in the morning, while Blake returned to the floor after being re-taped in the locker room.