Lakers – Magic Postgame Numbers

We kept track of some of the more interesting numbers in L.A.’s 97-84 victory over the Orlando Magic, the Lakers winning for the ninth time in 10 games out of the All-Star break:

5 Turnovers for the Lakers, coming one short of the season low accomplished at New Orleans in a Feb. 5 win. A shot clock violation with 1:50 to go (Shannon Brown) kept the Lakers from matching the Hornets game.

7 Teams of the 10 L.A. has beaten since the All-Star break that will be in the playoffs this season.

9 Turnovers for Dwight Howard.

16 Bench points for Lamar Odom to lead L.A., eight coming in each half, including two fourth quarter three-pointers as the Lakers put the game away. Odom added seven boards and three assists.

17 Biggest lead for the Lakers after they didn’t lead at all in the first half.

18 Rebounds grabbed by Andrew Bynum, matching his career high. Bynum has been absolutely terrific since the All-Star break, but had his first chance to show off in front of his home fans in this one. He actually outplayed Magic star Dwight Howard, scoring 10 points with four blocks in just 27 minutes, while Howard needed 40 minutes to reach 19 points with 13 rebounds, plus the nine turnovers.

30 Minutes played by Kobe Bryant on his sore left ankle, which he sprained badly in Dallas on Saturday. “The swelling went down, you know, 60 to 70 percent each day,” he said after the game. “It was crazy. Felt good enough to go. It was like the size of a softball in Dallas, the next day it was a baseball, then (today) it was a lacrosse ball or golf ball.” Bryant said it affected his balance in the first half, when he was 2-for-10 shooting, but he figured it out in the second to make five of his next seven attempts.

34 Paint points allowed by L.A., with Howard being held to 22 points on 14 field goal attempts. The Lakers scored 44 points inside.