We broke down some of the more intriguing numbers from LAL’s 115-89 victory at Dallas, the team’s first road win of the season:
Three-pointers drained by Metta World Peace, including three in the decisive first quarter. In fact, MWP scored the first 10 points of the game, taking advantage of a mismatch with O.J. Mayo as the Mavs started Shawn Marion on Kobe Bryant.
Lakers that grabbed at least one rebound, including subs like Robert Sacre and Earl Clark that played only a few fourth quarter minutes as the starters iced their knees. L.A. nearly doubled up the Mavs on the glass, grabbing 61 boards to the 39 of their opponents.
Rebounds collected by Antwan Jamison to couple his 19 points in nearly 30 minutes of playing time. It was the second consecutive excellent game off the bench for Jamison, who went for 16 points and seven boards at Memphis the night before. Jamison said the key was his being aggressive, and not waiting to see what his new teammates would do or how he might best fit in.
Minutes played by Kobe Bryant, who along with Pau Gasol was able to sit for the entire fourth quarter. Bryant scored 19 points on 6 of 11 field goals and 6 of 8 free throws, and notched five first quarter assists as he focused on getting the rest of the team involved while facilitating out of pick and roll action. The league’s leading scorer, Kobe has now shot at least 50 percent in 10 of 14 games after doing so just 14 times last season in 58 games.
Field goal percentage for the Mavs, who struggled against a defense anchored by Dwight Howard, who had five steals and two blocks and affected shot after shot. “We came out with a lot of energy tonight on both ends,” Howard summarized. “Everybody was active and we really ran the floor well tonight. We played great defense and were able to score. We need to continue to do that and not let teams change our game plan.”
L.A.’s 3-point percentage in the game, with 12 makes in 22 attempts. The 5 of 7 from World Peace led the way, while Jodie Meeks added 3 of 5 triples and Devin Ebanks, Jamison, Chris Duhon and Bryant added one apiece.