69 Pau Gasol’s shooting percentage on an impressive 9-of-13 field goals, which included a motley crew of moves inside and out. He added 10 rebounds, four assists, a steal and a block in 40 solid minutes.
20 Plus/minus tally for Metta World Peace, who in 38 (intense) minutes scored only three points on 1-of-4 shooting (on a fourth quarter three-pointer) but he led the team with seven assists and generally caused havoc for the Clippers. Mike Brown made special mention of his effort:
“I thought his physical and mental toughness throughout the course of his 38 minutes was phenomenal,” said Brown. “The one shot he hit was obviously a big shot, but the seven assists, five rebounds, the block that he had, the two steals and his physical and mental toughness really impacted the game, especially as it wore on.”
Also key off LAL’s bench was Andrew Goudelock, the second round pick who nailed his first four shots, including two three-pointers, and finished with 14 points off L.A.’s bench.
17 Offensive boards for the Clippers, a concerning number for the Lakers at first, but Mike Brown noted that his team collapsed well after conceding the boards, helping L.A. hold the Clips to just 4-of-15 shooting on second chance opportunities (11 points). The Lakers, on the other hand, converted eight second chance opportunities into 17 points.
6 Third quarter turnovers for Kobe Bryant, who finished the game with seven. He did have six assists, including a game-clinching feed to Andrew Bynum with 32 seconds left to put L.A. up four. On the play, a side pick and roll with Gasol, Bryant attracted the defense before simply lobbing the ball in to Bynum, who gathered himself before taking the ball up and putting it off glass. Bryant added 24 points on 7-of-17 shooting and seven boards. L.A.’s center added 19 points (6-of-11 FG’s) and six boards with a game-high four blocked shots, including a key swat of DeAndre Jordan directly after his big make at the other end.
4 Points scored by Chris Paul, who burned L.A. for 33 points the last time these two teams played (Jan. 14, a Clippers win), when he strained his hamstring in the fourth quarter. This was Paul’s first game since then, and he made only 2-of-8 shots, though he did have a game-high 12 assists in only 26:40 of action.