We broke down some of the more intriguing numbers from LAL’s 102-96 win at Washington, which snapped a four-game losing streak:
Minutes from Kobe Bryant in the past two nights, despite back spasms that began in New York on Thursday and required a heat pack every time he went to the bench. Bryant has now played at least 40 minutes in at least five games, and told me after the game that he’s not tired at all thanks to being in great condition … he’s just sore. He played the entire second half for the second straight game, but still finished with 30 points, seven rebounds and seven assists.
Second-half points for the Wizards, after recording 55 in the first half. The Lakers limited Washington to 15 of 44 shooting in the final two quarters (34.1 percent) after the home team managed 53.8 clip in the first half, including a 15-point explosion from little-known Cartier Martin.
Points off the bench for Jodie Meeks, a season high, on 9 for 14 from the field (4 of 6 from three). He scored 12 in the second quarter alone, giving LA a spark off the bench. It was his fourth double-digit scoring effort off the pine in the team’s last five games. In that second quarter, Meeks keyed a run that gave the Lakers a 3-point lead at halftime after they’d trailed by as many as nine when Dwight Howard picked up his third foul with seven minutes still to play in the period.
Turnovers forced by the Lakers, with Metta World Peace and Meeks collecting three steals apiece. L.A. coughed it up only 13 times, which is pretty good for one of the NBA’s worst teams at taking care of the ball thus far in the season. They average 16.2 per game, second to last in the league.
Number of three-pointers hit by both teams, though the Wizards needed eight fewer attempts to get there (29-21). Bryant had been hot from three all season, hitting 39.8 percent, but he converted just 1 of 8 in D.C.
Points for Antawn Jamison in only 6:24 of playing time, despite Jordan Hill missing the game with back spasms, and Pau Gasol, who missed his seventh straight game with knee tendinitis. Mike D’Antoni started Devin Ebanks, who had eight points and five boards in 29 minutes, and often played small with Metta World Peace (13 points, six boards) at the four and Bryant at three.