We broke down some of the more intriguing numbers from LAL’s 101-81 win against Dallas:
Points for Dallas on 42 percent shooting from the floor. This performance came from a Mavs squad that had averaged nearly 103 points on 49 percent field goals in the month of March (11-5 record) to climb back into the playoff picture. Despite Dallas crawling to within seven points at 85-78 with 4:33 left, the Lakers closed the game on a 16-3 run and didn’t allow the visitors a field goal during that stretch (7 for 21 overall in the fourth).
Minutes for Kobe Bryant, who sat out the final 56 seconds of the game. The 16-year veteran played 47:37 at Sacramento and has missed 79 seconds out of a possible 96 minutes in the last two contests. Bryant recorded his 19th career triple-double, finishing with 23 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists, to go along with four steals and two blocked shots. He also converted on eight field goals to tie Elvin Hayes for sixth on the NBA’s all-time list with 10,976 for his career.
Offensive rebounds for the Lakers – tying a season high – towards 19 second-chance points. L.A. owned a 57-37 advantage on the glass as three big men – Dwight Howard, Pau Gasol and Earl Clark – notched double-doubles in points and rebounds. The trio combined for 14 of the team’s 19 on the offensive glass, leading the way against a much smaller Dallas frontline.
Points for Dirk Nowitzki on just 4 of 13 field goals (2 for 8 in the second half) and 2 of 6 free throws. Nowitzki came in averaging 30 points on 63 percent field goals in his last three games, but struggled offensively with Gasol and Clark defending him.
Blocked shots for Clark, a career high. In 29 minutes off the bench, the Louisville product recorded his first double-double – 17 points, 12 boards – in nearly a month, while also finishing with a team-high plus-22 rating.