We broke down some of the more intriguing numbers from LAL’s 86-84 win against Memphis:
Minutes for Kobe Bryant, who has played an average of 45 per game in the last three contests. He finished with 24 points, nine assists and five rebounds. In the last three games, Bryant is putting up 22.0 points, 11.3 assists and 8.3 boards. The 16-year veteran also reached another milestone during the game: His first bucket put him past Elvin Hayes for sixth all-time in NBA history in field-goal makes.
Points for Pau Gasol, to go along with nine rebounds and three assists. In the last five games, the 7-foot Spaniard is averaging 15 points, eight rebounds and five assists in 34 minutes, looking more comfortable on the court after returning from a tear in his plantar fascia. The Lakers are 4-1 during that stretch.
Turnovers for the Lakers leading to 18 Memphis points. In the first four minutes of the third quarter, L.A. turned the ball over four times and missed five shots that allowed the Grizzlies to go on an 8-0 run and take the lead momentarily.
Plus-rating (team-highs) for both Antawn Jamison – continuing to play through a tear in his wrist – and Earl Clark off the bench. The two chipped in with 13 points and five boards apiece. In the last two games, Clark is averaging 15.0 points, 8.5 boards and 3.0 blocks. The Louisville product also had a big chase down block on Quincy Pondexter, denying him of an easy two points.
The Lakers held the Grizzlies scoreless for the remainder of the game after the visitors took an 84-83 lead on Zach Randolph’s bucket. Dwight Howard, who battled foul trouble nearly all game long, was able to alter Mike Conley’s running shot that fell way short at the buzzer. “Howard tried to avoid contact but stayed big enough to bother the shot,” coach Mike D’Antoni said. “I thought he defended it perfectly.”