In victories over New Orleans (101-95), Memphis (93-84), Boston (92-86) and New York (113-96), the Lakers are outscoring their opponents by an average of 9.5 points, holding all four below the 100-point threshold.
Three of the four opponents were held well below their average field goal percentage numbers, though the Hornets did manage to shoot the ball very well (49.4 percent compared to a 45.7 percent average), at least until a fourth quarter in which they managed only 13 points. Memphis hit only 39.8 percent (46.1 average for the season) for the game, Boston 40.2 percent (league-best 49.5 percent) and New York 41.2 percent (46.0).
The Lakers have three more tests on the trip against one of the NBA’s better offenses at Orlando (99.9 points on 46 percent field goals) before facing two of the league’s worst at Charlotte (93.6 points on 44.7 percent) and at Cleveland (94.8 points on 43.0 percent).
Phil Jackson took his squad through a short practice on Saturday afternoon, but will not hold a typical shootaround session on Sunday morning in advance of the 12:30 p.m. Pacific tip at the Magic’s new arena.
For more on any of L.A.’s previous four games on the trip, you can click on our Lakers.com Gameday pages for postgame quotes, videos of Shannon Brown’s ridiculous dunks, links to our Running Diary, the box score and more.