We broke down some of the more intriguing numbers from LAL’s 103-90 victory over Sacramento, improving the season record to 3-4:
Shooting percentage for the Kings, a number that was below 40 for most of the second half until two made buckets in garbage time. It was the second straight game the Lakers held their opponent to 40 percent or under. This was not a strange place to be for the Kings, however, as they’d shot 40.1 percent coming into the contest. “(It was) activity, awareness, supporting each other and boxing out,” Pau Gasol noted, when asked about the team’s defensive performance. “We gave up too many second chance opportunities in the first half, but we did a much better job in the second half.”
Kings points off 18 Lakers turnovers, a number interim coach Bernie Bickerstaff wasn’t pleased with. Turnovers have plagued L.A. early in the season, but they are less bothersome in wins, naturally. Jordan Hill had four turnovers in 19 minutes, while each starter but Metta World Peace (zero) had two.
Offensive rebounds for the Lakers, out of a team total 50 (+11 to Sacramento’s 39). Dwight Howard had six of his 18 total boards on the offensive end, while the ever-active Jordan Hill grabbed five of his seven on offense. In fairness, the Kings were without leading rebounder DeMarcus Cousins as well as Thomas Robinson, both due to suspensions. “I didn’t take myself out of plays in the game tonight as I had been in the past,” Howard explained, when asked about his performance rebounding. “I just got to continue to get in shape; that’s the biggest thing.”
Three-pointers drained by Metta World Peace in eight attempts, towards 18 points (matching Pau Gasol). He started Friday night’s win 0 for 10, but has shot the ball much better since, hitting three of his last four in that game and making 6 of 11 on Sunday.
Points per game Kobe trails New York’s Carmelo Anthony for the league lead. He finished with 20 points, six boards and six assists. After the game, Bickerstaff praised Bryant’s floor game, saying his decisions with the ball helped get teammates plenty of open shots.