27,313 Career points for Elvin Hayes, the NBA’s seventh all-time leading scorer, at least for another game. Kobe Bryant, after all, is now just 11 points away from surpassing Hayes.
38 Total points for the Clippers in the second and third quarters, when the Lakers stepped their defense up to the level it reached in back-to-back wins out of the All-Star break over Atlanta and Portland.
20 More points in the paint for the Lakers than the Clippers (38-18), whom Phil Jackson said settled for jumpers perhaps in part after getting hot from three in the first quarter … and also because the Lakers packed the paint.
18 Points in the third quarter for Bryant, who made eight of his 11 field goal attempts including two three-pointers, adding three assists to account for 24 of L.A.’s 33 points, seven more than the Clips’ 17 in the period.
11 Missed field goals for Clips rookie Blake Griffin, who made only 7-of-18 shots (38.9 percent) while mostly settling for jumpers. Lamar Odom and Pau Gasol played off him, encouraging the perimeter shots.
2 Alley-oops from Steve Blake to Devin Ebanks on back-to-back possessions in the fourth quarter. Ask Ebanks and he’ll tell you that the two connect on oops all the time in practice.
1 Shot missed by Pau Gasol, who was 8-of-9 from the field and 6-of-6 at the foul line for 22 points, second to Bryant’s 24.