4. November 30, 2012: Lakers 122 Nuggets 103
Prior to this game, the last time the Lakers had a 30-point performer of their bench it was February 11th, 1998. That player was none other than Shaquille O’Neal. Seems strange these days, but this year’s performance was from seldom-used Antawn Jamison. In fact, Jamison and Jodie Meeks combined for 54 points on 20-28 from the field. Not only did the Lakers make 17 total 3-pointers, but even Dwight Howard got into the mix with a bomb from the deep corner. The Lakers also enjoyed their highest team assist total of the season with 33.
3. April 22, 2012: Lakers 114 Thunder 106
Unfortunately, this wasn’t a game of solely positive actions, as this match-up featured the elbow heard/felt/seen around the world. All types of numbers leap out at you when looking at the box score. Bryant had 26/8/6, Gasol nearly put up a triple-double of his own (20/14/9), while Bynum threw in five blocks and patrolled the paint. The most surprising stat line belonged to newly acquired reserve PF Jordan Hill. Hill infused the type of energy, effort, and life the Lakers’ lineup (unfortunately) rarely enjoyed under Mike Brown.
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