We broke down some of the more intriguing numbers from LAL’s 100-93 win at Charlotte:
Points for Kobe Bryant in the second half after finishing the first 24 minutes scoreless. Bryant scored the final eight points for L.A. – 14 in the fourth quarter – while also collecting eight assists and seven rebounds.
This was also the largest lead the Bobcats held with 5:26 left in the third quarter, but L.A. finished the last 17-plus minutes on a 49-22 run to nab their fourth victory in the last five games.
Fourth-quarter points for Charlotte on 7 for 21 from the floor (33.3 percent). The Lakers outscored the home team 31-15 in the final frame, erasing a nine-point deficit at the beginning of the quarter. The Bobcats only managed 40 second-half points after recording 30 in the first.
Plus-rating for Earl Clark – a team-high – while finishing with 17 points and 10 boards, his fourth double-double in the last five games. The Louisville product almost single-handedly spurred a 9-0 run in less than two minutes during the third quarter to help get the Lakers back in the game.
Three-pointers made by Jodie Meeks in as many attempts towards 14 points off the bench. He also collected four rebounds, including two in the span of forty seconds in the fourth quarter. With the Lakers nursing a 92-91 lead, his offensive board allowed Bryant to sink a jumper to extend their lead to 94-91 with 2:15 remaining and his rebound on the other end on the next possession set up two Bryant free throws after a Charlotte foul.
Points for Dwight Howard in the second half, although his energy and activity on the defensive end was more evident. He recorded two blocked shots in the fourth quarter – one that led to a shot clock violation and one that preserved L.A.’s three-point lead at 96-93 with less than a minute remaining – while also altering a number of others. The big man finished with a double-double – 12 points and 11 rebounds – to go along with three blocks.