We broke down some of the more intriguing numbers from LAL’s 79-77 home loss to Indiana:
Career 40-point games for Kobe Bryant, and his second of the season. Playing through flu-like symptoms, Bryant hit only 12 of 28 shots in what’s been an otherwise very efficient season, but hit 5 of 11 threes and added 11 of 13 free throws. He also had 10 rebounds in a game-high 43:44 of playing time, but turned the ball over 10 times. “It was a tough game for us because we didn’t make shots, and on top of that, we didn’t make free throws,” Kobe said. “I got to minimize my mistakes. It boggles my mind that I had 10 turnovers.”
Missed three pointers for the Lakers, who hit only six, including Kobe’s five. Metta World Peace – who’s been hitting tons of triples – made only 1 of 5, having several rim out, while Darius Morris, Antawn Jamison and Chris Duhon all went 0 for 3. The team shot only 31.6 percent overall.
Turnovers for the team, resulting in 16 Pacers points, and many in fast break fashion. L.A. did force 17 turnovers for 12 points, with Morris and Bryant both collecting three steals.
Missed free throws on a night the Lakers lost by two. Mike D’Antoni said that obviously wasn’t going to cut it. Dwight Howard made only three of his 12 attempts, while World Peace, Jamison and Morris all went 1 for 4. “It’s a mental thing and it’s a confidence thing,” Pau Gasol said. “It’s something you have to work on mentally. It’s not just repetition.”
Offensive rebounds for the Lakers, which helped produce 11 second chance points, but the many missed free throws came often off extra shots, and L.A. most often did not convert.