Tuesday, March 15, 2011
Lakers make Magic disappear in second half
By ESPN Stats & Info
The Los Angeles Lakers continued to shine, outscoring the Orlando Magic 56-38 in the second half to improve to an NBA-best 10-1 since the All-Star break.
The Lakers' hot streak has coincided with Andrew Bynum flourishing over the last 11 games. Bynum scored 10 points and tied a career high with 18 rebounds, notching his 11th double-double, six of which have come in the second half of the season.
Bynum and the rest of the Lakers bigs combined to bother the Magic frontcourt. Orlando had a great deal of success when getting shot attempts within five feet of the basket, converting 9-of-10 such attempts according to video surveillance. However, the 10 attempts within that distance were 14 below their season average, and were the second-fewest for the Magic in any game this season.
The Lakers defenders also coaxed Dwight Howard into a season-high nine turnovers, the fourth time in his career he finished with nine turnovers in a game. Howard still finished with 22 points and 15 rebounds, his 25th consecutive double-double. He is the third NBA player to have a double-double streak of more than 25 games this season.
According to the Elias Sports Bureau, there was only one such streak of 25 or more games in the NBA over the previous 19 seasons (Kevin Garnett, 33 games in 2005-06).
More notes from an exciting night in the association:
The Denver Nuggets made 17 three-point field goals in their victory over the New Orleans Hornets. This came one game after the Nuggets made 18 three-point field goals in a win over the Detroit Pistons. Elias tells us that the Nuggets are the first team in NBA history to make at least 17 three-point field goal attempts in consecutive game. Perhaps more impressive, the Nuggets improved to 8-2 since trading Carmelo Anthony.
Marcus Thornton scored a career-high 42 points in the Sacramento Kings victory over the Golden State Warriors. Thornton is now averaging 24.2 points per game in the 10 games since being traded to the Kings from the Hornets. He had been averaging only 7.8 points per game for New Orleans in 46 games before being dealt.