We broke down some of the more intriguing numbers from LAL’s 91-86 win against San Antonio:
Rebounds for the Lakers, 16 of them coming on the offensive end. L.A. owned a plus-12 in this department, with Dwight Howard and Pau Gasol combining for 33 boards (11 offensive). Despite Gasol struggling from the floor (3 of 17 field goals, he was active defensively with 16 boards and three blocks. Howard, meanwhile, had 26 points and was aggressive on offense all night long. He also recorded two steals and three swats in anchoring the defense.
Field-goal percentage for San Antonio towards 86 points, a team that ranked second (48.4) and fourth (103.3) in the league, respectively in those categories. In the second and third quarters combined, the Spurs shot just 13 of 47 (27.7 percent). Tony Parker shot 1 for 10 from the floor (a 50-plus percent shooter on the year), including 1 of 8 from inside the paint.
Points from Steve Blake (a season-high), to go along with five rebounds, four assists and two steals. Blake scored 18 in the first half despite everybody else on the team outside Howard struggling on offense. The 6-foot-3 guard drilled four of the Lakers nine triples on the evening. In his last eight games, Blake is 23 of 50 from deep (46 percent).
Three-pointers in the span of two minutes in the fourth quarter that spurred a 15-4 run (one from Antawn Jamison and two from Jodie Meeks) to give the Lakers their biggest lead at 84-73. L.A. hit its first five triples of the fourth after a 4 of 18 performance in the first 36 minutes.
The Lakers magic number to clinch a playoff berth (a Laker win or Utah loss). With the victory, L.A. moved to a season-high seven games above .500 and are 1.5 games ahead of the Jazz for the No. 8 seed.