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About Last Night: Perfecto!

HANG TIME HEADQUARTERS — Another night, another Lakers win and another stellar outing from Pau Gasol, who played a perfect game against the Warriors Sunday night at Staples Center.

He’s making the conversation about the best big man in the league a short one between he and Magic center Dwight Howard, who is to the defensive end of the floor for big men what Gasol is to the offensive end.

This perfection thing is going around the Lakers’ locker room, though, as my main man Mike Bresnahan of the Los Angeles Times explains:

Pau Gasol stole a page from Matt Barnes‘ script, scoring 28 points and making all 10 of his shots two days after Barnes made all seven of his attempts in a victory over Minnesota.

In fact, Gasol and Barnes completed a bizarre run at history, two of a kind with their efficient, but obscure, stat lines. Before the last few days, Charles Barkley had been the only NBA player to get at least 20 points, five rebounds and five assists in a game without missing a shot or free throw (minimum five attempts in each category).

Barnes did it against Minnesota and Gasol did it Sunday, adding nine rebounds and five assists. He made all eight of his free throws.

Perfection this early in the season? Twice in two games by Lakers players?

Interesting, indeed.

“Don’t know what to say,” said Lakers Coach Phil Jackson, who can usually find places to nitpick, though it would have been tough Sunday.

Gasol seemed amused at his brush with the NBA record books.

“Coincidence has something to do with it. It’s kind of weird it happened that way,” he said. “It happened once before in the history of the league and then back-to-back games it happens for two of our players. It’s weird, but obviously it’s a good sign.”

There were good signs elsewhere Sunday. (more…)