We compiled some of the more interesting numbers from L.A.’s 95-90 loss to the Denver Nuggets, the Lakers losing for the first time in 10 games, and just the second time since the All-Star break (17-2):
44 Paint points for both teams, the Lakers unable to take advantage of their length edge down low as Kenyon Martin and Nene battled L.A.’s bigs all night.
23 Lead changes in a back-and-forth contest. L.A.’s biggest lead was seven, at the half, and Denver’s eight.
20 Turnovers for the Lakers, certainly the stat of the game after they’d committed a total of just 26 in their previous three wins. The whole game plan against Denver was to take care of the ball and get it inside to avoid run outs from Nuggets athletes, which ended up happening at the worst time when back-to-back turnovers resulted in easy buckets in the final minutes. When asked after the game to explain the loss, Kobe Bryant said: “Turnovers.”
16 Rebounds in 30 minutes for Andrew Bynum, who added eight points, two blocks and two steals.
5 Assists off the bench for Lamar Odom, who added 17 points, seven boards and a block in a solid all-around effort. Odom made a critical three-pointer in the final minute to give the Lakers a chance to steal a win, but couldn’t hold Kenyon Martin off in what proved to be the game-clinching tip in off a missed free throw.
4 Turnovers for Pau Gasol, more than twice his average of 1.8. Gasol scored 16 points with 12 rebounds, though he did have a scare when landing awkwardly on his right knee. He returned to the game, but will go through a precautionary MRI on Monday morning.