We broke down some of the more intriguing numbers from LAL’s 116-94 win against Minnesota:
Bench points for the Lakers, 46 coming from the trio of Steve Blake, Antawn Jamison and Jodie Meeks. Blake finished with season-highs of 13 points and seven rebounds, to go along with six assists, and was a team-high plus-20 on the evening.
Points for Kobe Bryant, the 24th time he’s reached that mark this year, despite sitting out the fourth quarter of a blow out. He made 13 of 22 field goals, while also recording five rebounds and five assists. In the last four games, Bryant is averaging 35.0 points on 59.6 percent from the floor, to go along with 7.5 rebounds and 6.3 assists. “I’ve been in attack mode since the break,” he said postgame. “It’s go time.”
Straight wins over Minnesota for the Lakers, the longest active winning streak by an NBA team against another. L.A. never trailed in the game and led by as many as 25 points.
Made 3-pointers for the Lakers out of 32 attempts. Five players hit multiple treys, while Bryant and Jodie Meeks both hit four apiece. L.A. fell one shy of tying a franchise record – 17 – matched back on Nov. 30 at home against Denver. Bryant is now 8 for 14 from deep in his last three games after shooting 9 for 49 in his previous 18.
Games the Lakers trail the Rockets for the final playoff spot in the Western Conference. Golden State, Utah and Houston all lost on Wednesday, allowing L.A. to pick up a full game with the win.
Second-chance point for Minnesota in the final three quarters after grabbing three offensive rebounds in the first quarter that led to seven second-chance points. Starting center Nikola Pekovic finished with eight points and three boards in just nine minutes, but had to sit the rest of the contest because of an abdominal strain. “The game changed when Pekovic got hurt,” coach Mike D’Antoni said. “And they just couldn’t sustain that.”