We broke down some of the more intriguing numbers from LAL’s 111-98 win at Philadelphia:
Free-throw shooting percentage for the Lakers, the third straight game of making at least 70 percent of their attempts. Dwight Howard converted all three of his free throws, and has made 30 of his last 48 (63 percent) in the last six games, a major reason for the team’s overall resurgence.
Points from Kobe Bryant, his sixth straight game of 30+. Playing in his native town of Philly, Kobe finished 12 for 21 from the field (57.1 percent), to go along with a team-high six assists (Dwight Howard added five passing out of double teams) and four boards. After last game at Washington, Bryant was the third player in NBA history to score at least 30 in five straight games, alongside Michael Jordan and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. Decent company.
Philadelphia turnovers, despite the fact that the Sixers came into the contest ranked second in the NBA in least turnovers committed per game (12.2). L.A. turned those miscues into 16 points, with Metta World Peace and Jodie Meeks notching four steals apiece and Dwight Howard three.
Rebounds for World Peace, a career high. He also finished with 19 points in a terrific all-around individual game, making 6 of his 10 shots and 3 of 4 from three-point range, not to mention the three swipes and two blocks.
Lead built by the Lakers heading into the fourth quarter of a road game for the second consecutive contest. They allowed Washington to trim the final score to six, but kept Philly down by double digits.
Three-pointers made by the Lakers in the first half alone, in 15 attempts, a floor record for most 3′s in a half. They ended up making only 4 of 19 in the second half despite a bevy of open looks, but still notched an impressive percentage of 41.2. Darius Morris made all three of his first half triples and was 5 of 5 from the field in those minutes to reach a career high of 15 points, before falling back to earth with three misses in the second half. He tweaked his ankle just before halftime and wasn’t moving as well in the second half.
Average threes made per game this season by the Lakers, which ranks third in the NBA to New York (12) and Houston (9.7). L.A.’s 37.4 percent ranks seventh in the NBA, which is up 19 spots from last season’s 26th ranking.