We broke down some of the more intriguing numbers from LAL’s 91-85 win against Phoenix:
Points apiece for Dwight Howard and Antawn Jamison, who both finished with double-doubles. Howard (18) and Jamison (10) combined for 28 of L.A.’s 48 rebounds. “I don’t always feel like the numbers tell a story with Dwight,” Steve Nash said. “Defensively, he was a huge presence. Offensively, I thought he put energy into the game.”
Plus-rating for Metta World Peace, a team-high. World Peace recorded 17 points – nine coming in the opening quarter – after averaging just nine points on the most recent road trip. He started 4 of 6 – finished 6 of 16 – but also notched eight rebounds and four steals.
Third-quarter points for the Lakers, a season-low in any quarter. L.A. shot 3 for 20 (15 percent) and didn’t make a field goal for the final 8:57, missing their last 14 shots of the quarter. Phoenix shot just 9 for 23 (39.1 percent), but outscored the home team 24-9 to take a six-point lead heading into the final frame.
Points for Kobe Bryant, who didn’t attempt a shot in the first half and didn’t score his first basket until 2:13 remaining in the game. The game was the longest Bryant had played in the NBA with only one made field goal and his lowest scoring game since Jan. 13, 2005 against Cleveland. He did finish with nine assists, but also had eight turnovers. “I think, obviously, going 1 for 8 isn’t necessarily a recipe for success,” Bryant said. “But I think the important thing is that we just moved the ball. It’s not about us individually; it’s just about what we can do to help the team.”
Fastbreak points for Phoenix in the fourth quarter after recording 23 in the first three. The Lakers also limited the Suns to 6 for 19 from the floor (31.6 percent) towards 14 points, while also forcing six turnovers in erasing the six-point deficit to begin the fourth.