We compiled some of the more interesting numbers from L.A.’s 106-90 Game 5 victory on Tuesday night at STAPLES Center, the Lakers taking a 3-2 series lead over New Orleans heading into Thursday’s Game 6 on the road:
6 Consecutive Game 5 playoff wins at home since the team acquired Pau Gasol prior to the 2008 playoffs (Utah ’08, Houston ’09, Denver ’09, Oklahoma City ’10, Phoenix ’10, New Orleans ’11).
6 Lakers in double figures, with all five starters and Lamar Odom going for at least 11.
7 Blocked shots for the Lakers, led by Pau Gasol’s three and Andrew Bynum’s two.
10 Three pointers for the Hornets, half of which were made by Trevor Ariza, who hit 5-of-8 despite making only 30 percent from distance in the regular season. L.A. is familiar with that pattern, as Ariza struggled in the regular season as a Laker in 2008-09 before catching fire late in the postseason.
13 Second quarter points for Kobe Bryant on 6-of-10 FG’s after he failed to attempt a single shot in the first quarter. Among his six field goals was a nasty one-handed facial on Emeka Okafor that tied the game and seemed to fuel L.A. moving forward after a nervous first quarter watching Bryant struggle to move laterally on his ankle/foot defensively. Going straight up, however, was apparently not a problem, Bryant breaking out the ol’ No. 8 jersey again in the third for a monster left-handed hammer dunk.
17 More rebounds collected by the Lakers, including a 15-3 edge on the offensive glass, which had a lot to do with the second-chance points margin of…
19 Turnovers by the Hornets, a reflection of L.A.’s energy.
20 Lakers advantage in second chance points (22-2), a complete reversal of a category dominated 20-4 by New Orleans in Game 4. Phil Jackson said that effort was the key to the game.
28 Total points (18) and rebounds (10) for Andrew Bynum, who posted his third double-double in five games.
49.3 Identical field goal percentage for both teams, though L.A. attempted eight more shots and nine more free throws to come up with the 16-point margin of victory.