We broke down some of the more intriguing numbers from LAL’s 103-98 win at Sacramento:
Career points for Kobe Bryant, No. 4 all-time in NBA history. Bryant passed Wilt Chamberlain (31,419) with a pull-up jumper in the second quarter on his way to finishing with 19 points, 14 assists (tied a season-high) and nine boards.
Shooting percentage for Sacramento in the final three quarters after putting up 37 points in the first at a 71.4 clip. The Kings converted on 15 field goals in the first 12 minutes, but only made 24 (out of 65 attempts) the rest of the way.
Seconds Bryant sat out, despite battling ankle/foot problems. With Steve Nash forced to leave the game early, Bryant returned to more of a facilitator role, recording 14 dimes, one shy of his career high set against Washington in Feb. 2002.
Rebounds for Dwight Howard, his fifth straight game with at least that many. Howard also scored 24 points and blocked five shots, while playing nearly all 24 minutes in the second half. “I think he’s figured out the game and he’s figured the rhythm out and how aggressive he can be,” Bryant said of Howard.
Assists for Pau Gasol, who also finished with 12 points for his first double-double since returning from a partial tear of his plantar fascia. Along with Bryant’s 14 assists, the two combined for 24 of the Lakers’ 28 dimes. “You’d be hard pressed to find a big with his skill set in the history of the game,” Bryant said of Gasol.
Turnovers for the Lakers, tying a season-low. This came on the heels of the last two games where L.A. turned the ball over a combined 39 times. With L.A. taking care of the ball, Sacramento was not able to get out in transition (10 fastbreak points) after they had averaged 20 in the last three games.
Minutes for Nash, who had to exit the game early because of a strained right hamstring. Nash came into the game as questionable after trying to play through hip/back issues in the previous game. In his absence, Steve Blake drilled five 3-pointers off the pine, while the Lakers also received contributions from Jodie Meeks (14 points), Antawn Jamison (10 points, seven boards) and Earl Clark (seven points, four boards).