We broke down some of the more intriguing numbers from LAL’s 103-99 win at Dallas:
Career points for Kobe Bryant, after putting up 38 (13 of 21 field goals), to go along with 12 rebounds and seven assists. He became the youngest member of the 31,000 point club that includes Wilt Chamberlain, Karl Malone, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Michael Jordan. Bryant scored 14 in the fourth quarter alone – 22 in the second half – on 5 of 5 shooting, while matching the Mavs nearly shot for shot during a back-and-forth affair. In the last two games, he is averaging 39.0 points, 9.5 rebounds and 5.5 assists on 63.6 percent field goals.
Field-goal percentage for Dallas in the second half. Outside of Dirk Nowtizki’s 14 points on 6 for 11 field goals, the rest of the team was just 13 for 37. The Mavs managed to hang around in large part because of eight offensive rebounds towards 11 second-chance points in the final two quarters (16 overall).
Points for Steve Nash, a season-high. This came one game after recording just four points on 2 for 11 field goals. Nash had 13 in the second half, including three triples, the biggest one coming with 1:44 remaining to put L.A. up 99-95. As a team, the Lakers made 13 of 25 from beyond the arc, a 52 percent clip.
Plus-rating for Jodie Meeks, second highest on the team behind Dwight Howard’s plus-15. Meeks finished with 11 points, eight of those coming in the second quarter to help L.A. tie the game at 54 apiece at halftime. His final points – coming on his second 3-pointer near the end of the third – extended the Lakers lead to 79-75 going to the fourth. Overall, the bench unit of Antawn Jamison, Steve Blake and Meeks combined for 29 points.
Games the Lakers trail Houston for the final playoff spot in the West. L.A. has won three in a row out of the All-Star break and 11 of their last 15 to put their record at 28-29. They are 9-4 since Blake returned from abdominal surgery on Jan. 29 vs. New Orleans.