We broke down some of the more intriguing numbers from LAL’s 100-94 loss at Cleveland:
Points from C.J. Miles and Kyrie Irving for the Cavs, as each player totaled 28 on the evening. Miles came into the contest averaging 7.1 on the year, and made the start as a better matchup for Metta World Peace than regular starter Daniel Gibson. Cleveland scored 100 points, having come in ranking 21st in the league at 94.6 per game.
League-leading points per game average by Kobe Bryant, after he scored 42 on 16 for 28 shooting in an impressive individual effort, as much of his work came from the perimeter. It was the third time Kobe recorded at least 40 this season, and the 115th time in his career, but in a strange stat, the Lakers are now 1-10 when he scores at least 30.
Free-throw attempts for Dwight Howard, who made 13 for a 59 percent success rate, actually well over his season average of 48.8 percent. Collectively, the Lakers missed 15 of their 40 free throws
Rebounds collected by Howard, who ranks third in the NBA on the glass at 12.1 collected per game. Cleveland’s Anderson Varejao ranks first at 14.9 per game, down from 15.2 coming in, as L.A. held him to nine in this one. It was the first time in 12 games he hadn’t been in double digits on the glass.
L.A.’s halftime deficit, due in part to 13 first half turnovers that the Cavs turned into points on the other end. It was the biggest halftime deficit of the year, and despite cutting the lead to six after the third and coming as close to two points at the 7:36 mark, but they never got over the hump.
In what seemed entirely implausible before the season tipped, the number of Lakers losses through Dec. 11.