We broke down some of the more intriguing numbers from LAL’s 101-100 win against Charlotte:
Straight games in which Kobe Bryant has scored at least 30 points, an all-time NBA record for a player at or over the age of 34. Michael Jordan and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar did so for five straight games. In that stretch, Bryant is averaging 33.7 points towards a season average of 29.5 points per game, which leads the NBA.
Offensive rebounds for Dwight Howard (18 total), the Lakers finishing with 16 as a team, which led to 17 second-chance points. Charlotte, however, posted 21 offensive boards towards 22 second-chance points.
Blocks for the Lakers, with Pau Gasol and Dwight Howard swatting four shots apiece, Howard most notably blocking Kemba Walker at the rim with five seconds left to help preserve a one-point victory. L.A. ranks 10th in the NBA in blocked shots at 5.7 per game, while Charlotte – who blocked 6.7 shots – managed eight in this one (four from Byron Mullens).
Points off the bench for Jodie Meeks, who has played so well that Mike D’Antoni said he’s considering starting him in L.A.’s next game, pushing Kobe Bryant to the small forward slot. Meeks hit five three pointers in 10 attempts, and has scored in double figures in five of six games.
Points the Lakers fell behind in the third quarter, necessitating a 28-4 run from the 5:37 mark in the third to the 8:56 point in the fourth just to get back in the game. Pau Gasol keyed the run with his all-around play, as despite being out of rhythm on offense (3 of 10 shooting) he posted 10 points, nine rebounds, five assists and four blocks.
Field-goal percentage for the Bobcats in the second half on 17 for 46 from the floor, including a 6 for 27 fourth quarter in which they scored just 16 points, after they’d scored 58 points in the first half.
Percent from the free-throw line for Dwight Howard, who converted on 6 of 8. The Lakers hit 21 for 27 from the charity stripe, a 77.8 clip. In his last four contests, the big man has made 17 for 25 (68 percent), after being under 50 percent for the entire early season. He’s now slightly above 50 percent (50.6 percent).