We broke down some of the more intriguing numbers from LAL’s 104-88 win against Milwaukee:
Percent shooting from the floor for Dwight Howard in two games since his return. The big man finished with 31 points (14 for 18) and 16 rebounds, to go along with four blocks. “He keeps getting better,” coach Mike D’Antoni said. “Obviously he’s what we were missing, when he was out. You know he’s a heck of a presence inside.”
Percent shooting for Milwaukee, including a 14 for 45 effort in the second half (31.1 percent). Bryant guarded Brandon Jennings, the reigning Eastern Conference Player of the Week, for much of the game, limiting the Bucks’ guard to 4 of 14 shooting and 12 points. “He sets the tone defensively,” D’Antoni said. “When you have a guy hawking the ball like that and disrupting their offense and the energy he puts out on the defensive end and then to go down and do what he does offensively… He helps our defense so much.”
Assists on 42 made field goals for the Lakers, the second straight game with at least that number. Steve Nash had a game-high 11 assists, while Bryant notched six in back-to-back home contests.
Offensive rebounds for the Bucks, leading to 24 second-chance points. This also allowed Milwaukee to have a plus-8 in the rebounding department.
Points in the fourth quarter for Milwaukee, the Lakers holding the Bucks to 6 of 24 shooting (25 percent). “It starts on the defensive end,” Kobe Bryant said. “We did a much better job tonight being physical and making our presence felt and that’s where we have to hang our hats.”