We broke down some of the more intriguing numbers from LAL’s 92-83 win at Brooklyn, their sixth win in the last seven games:
Minutes for Earl Clark, who notched his third straight double-double (14 points, 12 rebounds). Clark also recorded a team-high plus-18 rating, while taking turns defending Joe Johnson and even Brook Lopez late in the game.
Percent shooting from the floor for Brooklyn, the sixth time they’ve been held under 40 percent this season. The Nets backcourt of Deron Williams and Johnson finished a combined 9 for 28 (32.1 percent). In the final 12 minutes of play, Brooklyn converted on just 7 of 24 attempts (29.2 percent), including 1 of 8 on 3-pointers. “It took everyone to win this game,” Steve Blake said. “Guys were helping out on defensive and we just competed well. Offensively we have guys like Kobe (Bryant) and Steve (Nash) that take the pressure away. They did good with passing to an open man for a good shot, and that is what we needed to win this game.”
Offensive rebounds for the Nets, but those extra chances only afforded 15 second-chance points. Brooklyn owned a plus-12 in that category, although L.A. was missing Metta World Peace and Dwight Howard.
Second-half points for Kobe Bryant, no two bigger than this dunk in traffic over Gerald Wallace and Kris Humphries that broke an 80-all tie with 2:47 left. The Lakers shooting guard finished with a team-high 21 points, to go along with eight boards, four assists and four steals.
Straight points for L.A. to close the game after a Lopez and-1 that gave the Nets an 83-82 lead with 2:33 left. Antawn Jamison and Bryant had driving layups, Clark hit an 18-foot jumper and Nash closed the game with four free throws, while the Nets failed to make any of their six field-goal attempts down the stretch.
The amount of time Gasol missed late in the fourth quarter after what the Lakers later diagnosed as a plantar fascia strain. The 7-foot Spaniard has battled tendinitis and plantar fasciitis all year, but claims he heard a “pop.” Postgame, Bryant stated he was “very, very concerned, to say the least,” and maintained L.A. “cannot afford to lose Pau for a long stretch.”