We broke down some of the more intriguing numbers from LAL’s 102-84 win against Utah:
Percent shooting for L.A. from the floor and the charity stripe. The Lakers’ top four players all converted greater than a 50 percent clip from the floor, led by Pau Gasol’s 7 for 8 off the bench. And as physical as Utah typically plays (they rank third in the league in fouls committed), the Lakers only attempted 13 free throws, Dwight Howard only shooting three.
Rebounds for the Lakers, who owned a plus-15 in that category. Pregame, coach Mike D’Antoni noted crashing the glass and limiting Utah’s second-chance opportunities would be key. The Jazz finished with nine offensive boards toward 12 points, far less than the 16 and 23, respectively, they posted in the last meeting.
Dimes for Kobe Bryant, one shy of his career high set in Feb. 2002. He played the role of facilitator early, assisting on four of the Lakers first six baskets, and finishing with five total in the opening 12 minutes of the game. Bryant closed the night one rebound shy of his 19th career triple-double – 14 points, 14 assists and nine boards.
Straight points for L.A. to open the game; after three-plus minutes, Utah was already down double digits. The Lakers led from wire-to-wire, and by as much as 21 points, in snapping their four-game skid.
Field-goal makes for Metta World Peace, all three-pointers. World Peace also spent time guarding Jazz power forward Paul Millsap – 10 points on 5 for 11 shooting – one game after battling Memphis’ Zach Randolph down low.
Blocked shots for Howard, although the big man altered numerous others. Howard finished with a double-double – 17 points and 13 rebounds – for the first time in his last four games. His activity and energy early on was evident as he recorded eight and six in the opening quarter.