We broke down some of the more intriguing numbers from LAL’s 111-106 win against New Orleans:
Assists for the Lakers on 39 made field goals, a season-high. Kobe Bryant finished with 11 dimes and his run of 39 assists is the most during any three-game stretch in his career. L.A. is averaging nearly 30 assists (29.7) in their last three – all wins – compared to just 22.0 per game prior.
Fastbreak points for New Orleans, half of them coming in the fourth quarter after shaving all but a single point off what once was an 18-point Lakers lead.
Plus-rating for Pau Gasol, the highest of any Laker player in 21 minutes off the bench. All players off the pine finished with at least a plus-10 and combined for 38 points, 18 rebounds and 11 assists. “Our second group played really well tonight,” coach Mike D’Antoni said. “That’s something that is going to be really important while going forward.”
Minutes for Steve Blake in his first game since Nov. 11. He finished with two points, four assists and two boards, and postgame, D’Antoni praised his performance. “I thought he was great,” he said. “I liked his quickness and his toughness on the ball … He’s a smart player.”
Steals and four blocks for Dwight Howard, his activity and energy on defense evident throughout the game. The big man also finished with a team-high 24 points on 9 for 13 from the floor, with Steve Nash and Bryant continually finding Howard rolling to the basket.