We broke down some of the more intriguing numbers from LAL’s 107-102 loss at LAC:
Free throws combined from the two teams, the Lakers shooting 36 and the Clippers with 25. A total of 53 personal fouls were called, two Lakers fouling out – Dwight Howard and Metta World Peace – while the Clippers had four players with at least four.
Points Chris Paul had a part in, the floor general finishing with a team-high 30 points and game-high 13 assists, to go along with six boards and two steals. Paul had 11 in the fourth quarter – and the final eight for the Clippers – six coming by way of free throws. Two critical free throw makes came off Howard’s sixth foul to put the Clippers up four with 1:07 remaining. “He’s smart and he’s very crafty,” Bryant said, even while defending Paul for most of the game and allowing 11 makes in 25 field goal attempts. “To his credit, he made some pretty tough shots … superstar players will do that.”
Points from Kobe Bryant – 24 in the second half – on an efficient 15 for 25 from the floor (60 percent), to go along with five steals. Bryant played the entire second half, logging 44 total minutes, drawing the toughest defensive assignment against CP3. Postgame, coach Mike D’Antoni praised Bryant’s play on offense along with his effort on defense. “I’ve seen a lot of games and I don’t know on both ends anybody playing better than that,” D’Antoni said. “He got us back in the game, no doubt.”
Percent shooting in the fourth quarter for the Clippers (5 for 16), the Lakers shaving off all but two points off what was once a 19-point deficit at the beginning of the fourth. From the 10:36 mark to the 1:29 mark, LAL had gone on a 24-7 run, closing to within 99-97 after a Bryant jumper, but would get no closer the rest of the way. “We played extremely well and we played well defensively in the fourth quarter, so we’ve just got to kind of rely on that a little bit,” Bryant noted. “We’ve got to watch the film and just kind of understand some of the adjustments that we made from the first three quarters.”
Percent LAL converted from the 3-point line, shooting 6 for 24. In the last two games, they are just 9 for 46 (19.6 percent), their 3-point field-goal percentage as a team dropping from 6th in the league to 12th in two weeks. The Clippers made 6 of their 14 tries (42.9 percent), including one apiece from Blake Griffin and Lamar Odom, who came into the contest a combined 7 for 51 from deep.
The number of games the Lakers (15-17) trail the Clippers (26-8) in the standings after falling to their co-tenants for the second time this year.