broke down some of the more intriguing numbers from LAL’s 92-88 Game 4
victory over Denver, giving them a commanding 3-1 lead heading back to
STAPLES Center for Tuesday’s Game 5.
Huge, dagger three-pointers for Ramon Sessions (48.1 left) and Blake
(18.9) in the game’s final minute that clinched the win for L.A. Pau
Gasol set up the Sessions look with a screen of Danilo Gallinari and
then his sixth assist, while Bryant drew two defenders – Blake’s man
coming completely off him – before finding the backup point guard in the
corner. After Blake knocked down the shot to make it 92-86 L.A., Bryant
waited for him at midcourt and offered a full embrace and head pat.
Offensive rebounds for Jordan Hill off LAL’s bench in 23 minutes, plus
four defensive boards to give him 11 on the night. He used the O boards
to get second chance points, hitting 4 of 9 field goals and 4 of 6 free
throws for 12 points. Mike Brown praised his activity afterwards, saying
how key it was not only because of the production but because it
allowed Bynum (35 minutes) and Gasol (37 minutes) to save their legs a
Fourth quarter points for Blake, who added another triple and a long
two-point jumper to his dagger three, not to mention a huge defensive
play as he swatted Gallinari from behind to erase a transition
opportunity. Blake had been only 1 for 6 to start the game before coming
up big when it counted. That’s why his teammates trust him — he’s
Fast break points for Denver, which LAL will take against the league’s
best running team. The Lakers managed seven fast break points of their
own to cut down on the margin.
Points for Bryant to lead the Lakers, though he needed 25 shots to get
there since he took only one free throw in a game that was called very
loosely, lots of contact allowed on both ends in the paint. But he
pushed through nonetheless, finding a way to win by helping to control
tempo, hitting the glass for eight boards (second only to Hill’s 11) and
dishing six assists, none bigger than the final pass to Blake.
Lakers second chance points, helped by all those offensive boards (19
total) that were a major difference in the game, as stated by George
Karl after the game.