We broke down some of the more intriguing numbers from LAL’s 98-97 win at Detroit:
Career field-goals for Kobe Bryant, who passed Hakeem Olajuwon for seventh all-time on that list. Though Bryant shot 8 for 20 from the floor, he broke a 95-all tie with a 3-point play that ended up being the final points for L.A.
Paint points for Detroit, nearly two-thirds of their total output on the night. Many of them came by way of guard Will Bynum – he finished with 18 points and 10 assists – whether he was attacking the rim or setting up teammates inside.
Minutes for Pau Gasol in his second straight start at center. He finished with a team-high plus-10 rating, while recording his second consecutive 20-point, 10-rebound game (23 points, 10 boards).
Wins in six games for the Lakers, to pull within four games of .500 at 22-26, with four games left on their 7-game Grammy road trip.
Straight missed free throws – two by Earl Clark and two by Steve Nash – in the final 16 seconds of the contest, allowing Detroit multiple chances to win. Bynum missed a lay-up with 3.8 seconds left that just rimmed out after Clark missed. After Nash failed to convert at the line, Andre Drummond got his hand on a lob pass from Kyle Singler that he couldn’t quite control on the game’s final play.