We broke down some of the more intriguing numbers from LAL’s 108-79 win over Detroit.
Shooting percentage for Dwight Howard, on 12 for 14 field goals. The big man finished with a game-high 28 points, to go along with seven rebounds, three blocked shots and two steals.
Collectively, the Lakers shot almost 52 percent, led by Howard’s big night. For the third straight game, they shot more than 50 percent, and through four contests this season, the team is shooting at a 50.3 clip from the field.
“Our rhythm was a little bit better,” said Kobe. “We talked about it being a process and we just did a much better job of understanding and how to execute.”
Shooting percentage for the Pistons as a team. After giving up 105+ points in back-to-back contests, the Lakers shut down Detroit, allowing just 79 points.
“Defensively, I thought we were pretty good,” noted Mike Brown. “For one of the first times in this early season, the guys played for as close to 48 minutes as possible. They communicated, they helped one another; in pick-and-roll situations, they were in the correct spot and they gave multiple effort.”
Offensive rebounds out of their total 46, led by Howard and Jordan Hill, who both grabbed four. This also led to 21 second-chance points for the Lakers.
Turnovers for the Lakers. It was their lowest total through four games thus far, which also cut down on fewer transition points (12) – a point of emphasis from the coaching staff – for the Pistons.
Assists for Kobe Bryant, a team-high. He also added 15 points and seven rebounds, a well-rounded game, and shot 50 percent (5 for 10) for the fourth straight game to start the year.
“The last game having 40, Detroit saw that and wanted to crowd me a little bit and cut down on lanes a little bit,” said Kobe “and as a result, guys were open and I was able to find them, and they made the defense pay.”
Players in double figures for the Lakers, including four of five starters. The bench produced 27 points, including 11 from Hill and six apiece from Darius Morris and Antawn Jamison.