Lakers – Jazz Postgame Numbers

We highlighted some of the more interesting numbers from L.A.’s Martin Luther King night victory over Oklahoma City at STAPLES Center, which saw the team’s record improve to 31-12 on the season.

64 Kobe Bryant’s shooting percentage, continuing his run of impressive offensive efficiency of late. In his previous five games, Bryant had totaled 54 percent from the field, and led all scorers with 21 points in his 26 minutes.

62 Percent shooting for the Lakers on an outstanding 44-of-71 from the field. “When you shoot that high a percentage, it’s awfully hard on an (opponent),” summarized Phil Jackson.

39 Bench points for the Lakers, thanks in part to Lamar Odom’s 17-point performance on 7-of-8 shooting. Odom added eight boards in only 23 minute, while Luke Walton came in with nine points and three assists in 17 minutes.

38 L.A.’s biggest lead, which is somehow 19 points fewer than their 57-point margin against Cleveland on Jan. 11. “”We came out with a lot of energy,” said Jackson. “Shot the ball really well.” The only problem Jackson had was his team’s transition defense off turnovers.

34 Season-high assists for the Lakers in a game featuring terrific ball movement. Bryant led the way with six dimes, while Gasol and Brown added five apiece, plus four each from Odom and Blake.

5.5 Games back of San Antonio (38-7) as the Lakers brought their record to 33-13.

3 Blocked shots for Andrew Bynum, who was an effective paint deterrent throughout the evening. He added a 19-point, 11-rebound double-double on 6-of-9 shooting. Since he returned to the starting line up at New Orleans on Dec. 29, the Lakers are 12-3.