A snapshot look at Sunday’s NBA action
Home is where Kobe Bryant, Andrew Bynum and the rest of the Los Angeles Lakers seem to function best. That came through statistically and in the form of the Lakers ninth straight win at home, over the Boston Celtics, on Sunday afternoon.
Andrew Bynum Post-Up Plays
Bryant scored 10 of his game-high 26 points in the fourth quarter, including the go-ahead jumper with 41 seconds remaining. Bryant leads the NBA with 291 fourth-quarter/overtime points this season, 18 more than Kevin Durant.
Bynum also had a particularly good day in terms of his post-up game. Bynum was 5-for-7 and scored 12 points in post-up situations, with 10 of those coming in the paint.
Bynum ranks third in the NBA with 498 post-up points this season.
WilliamsThis time, they were done in by 76ers reserve Lou Williams, who entered shooting only 41 percent from the field, but was 10-for-19 in this contest, including 3-for-5 from 3-point range.
Williams made 8-of-14 jump shots, a nice bounce-back after a stretch in which he made 11-of-his-last 30.
Knicks point guard Jeremy Lin finished with 14 points, seven assist, and six turnovers. He’s now had 10 games with at least six turnovers this season, tied for the second-most such games in the NBA.
After averaging 25 points on 51 percent shooting in his first eight starts this season, Lin has averaged 16.3 points on 29 percent shooting in his last nine, a stretch in which the Knicks are 2-7.
Odd Game of the Night
Smith is now shooting 56.2 percent from the free throw line for the season, a rate that if maintained would be a career low and a significant drop from his 72.5 percent from a season ago.
Plus-Minus Note of the Night
Cleveland Cavaliers guard Daniel Gibson was a +21 in a win over the Houston Rockets. It was Gibson’s best plus-minus of the season and his best plus-minus in any game since the 2008-09 season.
The Cavaliers, whose bench outscored the Rockets bench, 49-30, are now only one game out of the No. 8 seed in the Eastern Conference.