We broke down some of the more intriguing numbers from LAL’s 99-95 overtime win against Houston:
The Lakers held the top-scoring team in the NBA (106 points per game) to 95 on 41.7 percent field goals. In the fourth quarter plus overtime, the Rockets were 9 for 28 (32 percent), 1 of 7 in the extra five minutes. James Harden, Houston’s leading scorer, finished with 30 points, but was 8 for 25, shooting just 4 of 16 in the second half.
One of the league’s top 3-point shooting teams converted on just 8 of 33 attempts (4 of 19 in the second half). Houston failed to make a triple in seven attempts in the fourth before Chandler Parsons threw in a line drive from about 35 feet as the buzzer expired. The Lakers, meanwhile, were 10 of 32, but drilled two in the fourth – one from Steve Blake and one from Antawn Jamison – that gave L.A. their first lead since the opening minutes.
Rebounds for Dwight Howard, his first board in the opening minutes giving him 9,000 for his career. Howard surpassed Wilt Chamberlain as the youngest player in NBA history to reach that mark. The big man also had 16 points, four blocks and three steals.
Offensive rebounds for the Lakers towards 24 second-chance points, compared to nine and 17, respectively, for Houston. Despite shooting just 33.3 percent in the first half, the Lakers grabbed 10 offensive boards that led to nine more shot attempts, and trailed by just six at halftime.
Plus-rating for Blake, a team-high. For the second straight game, Blake scored 20-plus points (24), while also recording seven boards and seven assists. He also drilled four 3-pointers for the third consecutive contest.
Career triple-doubles for Pau Gasol, who finished with 17 points, 20 rebounds and 11 assists. It was his second triple-double in the last three games. In eight April games, the 7-foot Spaniard averaged 17.5 points, 12.1 boards, 6.6 assists and 1.3 blocks.
Despite not making a field goal in this span towards the end of regulation, the Lakers got six free throws (two from Howard, two from Gasol and two from Jodie Meeks) and held the Rockets to just 4 of 11 in that stretch. With Houston’s thin frontcourt and center Omer Asik battling foul trouble, the Rockets were in the penalty from the 8:55 mark onward as Howard and Gasol drew fouls down in the post.