We broke down some of the more intriguing numbers from LAL’s 88-85 win at Charlotte:
Minutes for Kobe Bryant, a season high. He recorded 21 points (also a season high), eight assists and seven rebounds. Bryant drained his first and second three-pointers of the year, too, as he acknowledged postgame that he feels fine, even after a back-to-back. “My foot is feeling a lot stronger,” he said. “My Achilles feels fine. It’s just the other muscles around there that are just getting used to running and jumping.”
Plus-rating for Nick Young, a team high. Young scored 13 points, which included a key three-pointer in the fourth that spurred the Lakers 9-0 run to end the game.
Made free throws for the Lakers out of 10 attempts in the final quarter, including two each from Bryant and Pau Gasol down the stretch to seal the win. As a team, L.A. shot 21 of 23 from the line (91.3 percent) compared to a 5 of 8 showing from Charlotte (62.5 percent).
The Lakers held the Bobcats without a point in the final 2:50 of the game (0 of 8 during that span). With about a minute left, Gasol came up with a key block on Al Jefferson that led to two go-ahead free throws from Bryant. Overall, the Lakers limited Charlotte to just 17 points on 7 of 20 field goals in the fourth quarter. “We played pretty well defensively,” Bryant said postgame. “We did a good job of making them hold the ball longer and take hero shots. It kept us in the game.”
Fastbreak points for Charlotte in the final 12 minutes, after the Lakers allowed 16 through the first three quarters. At halftime, L.A.’s coaching staff made it a point of emphasis for the team to get back in transition and limit easy opportunities for the Bobcats.