5 Combined field goals hit by Kobe Bryant (3-for-10) and Pau Gasol (2-for-10). Gasol struggled to find a rhythm for the second straight game, while Bryant was focused on facilitating for other players. Phil Jackson said after the game that “there’s never been a defense or a style I’ve seen stop Kobe.”
9 More fastbreak points for the Lakers (14) than the Hornets (5), thanks in large part for Matt Barnes, who filled lanes in transition and made all four of his field goal attempts in 11:45 of playing time.
12 Lamar Odom’s game-best plus/minus rating, meaning the Lakers outscored the Hornets by 12 points when he was on the floor. It was at +19 before a few late buckets from New Orleans. “L.O. showed why he was Sixth Man of the Year,” said Chris Paul after the game.
14 More points for L.A.’s bench (27-13), thanks in large part to Odom’s 16 on 8-of-12 field goals.
16 Turnovers for the Hornets a game after they committed only three, which matched an NBA record. Ron Artest and Barnes had two steals apiece, Artest adding 15 points and six boards in his second straight solid all-around game.
17 Points for Andrew Bynum to lead the Lakers on an efficient 8-for-11 field goals. He added 11 boards, the only player in the game in double digits in that category.
29 Field goal percentage for the Hornets’ bench players, a game after they shot a historically great 72.7 percent.
29 Combined points (20) and assists (9) for Chris Paul after he dropped 33 and 14 in Game 1. In fact, 10 of his points came on buzzer-beating three’s and free throws after drawing fouls on three pointers, as L.A. did a much better job with him in the pick and roll (Bryant in particular).
44 Lakers rebounds, plus eight over the 36 of the Hornets, 13 of which came on the offensive end. All five of Gasol’s boards, in fact, came on the offensive end, including a critical one with one minute left that ultimately led to a dagger three from Artest.
50 Points in the paint for the Lakers, to just 32 from New Orleans, a reversal from Game 1 (52-34 N.O.).