533 Coaching victories for Phil Jackson, who tied Pat Riley for the all-time Lakers lead.
61.1 L.A.’s shooting percentage in the first quarter, a number which dipped to 47.9 for the game.
50 Points in the paint for the Lakers, 18 of which came in the fourth quarter.
12 Assists for Rajon Rondo, who also led the Celtics with 21 points, though he cooled noticeable in the second half (just two assists). Phil Jackson credited Kobe Bryant’s defense in slowing the first-time All-Star late.
3 Straight regular season wins for the Lakers over Boston since losing in the 2008 NBA Finals.
“He’s mentally insane. He dedicates a lot of his brain power to basketball, and he’s really focused on becoming a better player. You have to force yourself to be in that mold, [with] a killer instinct at all times. He demands a lot of himself [and his teammates].”—Andre Iguodala on Kobe Bryant (via OC Register)
“I started to feel good in Toronto,” said Artest. “Ever since Toronto I’ve been running really fast, and moving. Just moving. Even in the game where I had two points (Indiana), I felt great.”
Artest explained that while playing for Houston last season, he had torn two ligaments in his ankle but decided not to rest as he was not only trying to help his team, but because it was a contract year and he was determined to put himself in the best position to help his family.
“I played on bad ankles, and (the pain) went from my ankle to the bottom of my heel right to the bottom of my foot, and it kept on going from there,” he said. “I rested in the summer time, but I never really addressed it.”
“Of course I have to acknowledge Kobe Bryant, one of the most competitive players I’ve ever seen. He has MVP’s under his belt, he’s the youngest player to ever reach 25,000 points in his career, and he’s playing with a broken finger.”—President Obama on Kobe Bryant