Minutes played by Dwight Howard in back to back evenings, his fatigue really showing throughout the second game in the state capitol. Howard managed only seven points and nine boards, attempting four field goals and four free throws, and struggled to showcase his usual presence on D. In fairness, Howard has played only 14 games now, including the preseason, since back surgery ended his previous season, and is not yet close to being in full game shape. That will come. That he took four shots is not a team issue – he often passed the ball out immediately after post touches (helping him to four assists) and was not active rolling in the pick and roll game.
Shooting percentage for the Kings despite a 15-point first quarter in which they struggled (6 of 19), L.A. seeming to tire on defensive rotations as Sacramento ended up with a season-high 113 points (if aided by L.A. fouling in the final two minutes when the game was well out of reach).
Points in the paint for the Kings, compared to just 22 for the Lakers (+28 differential). Howard had just two buckets inside, both off set ups from his teammates, while Gasol spent little time inside and hit only 3 of his 10 attempts.Coming into the contest, Sacramento averaged 47 paint points, tied for second in the league.
Turnovers for the Lakers, who had averaged 11.3 in their last three games since Mike D’Antoni took over.
More missed free throws by the Lakers after a putrid performance on Tuesday against Brooklyn (Howard went 7 for 19, the team ending up at 51 percent thanks to late Kobe makes), but Howard was actually 3 for 4. The culprits this time were Gasol and Jordan Hill, who each went 1 for 4.
Fast break points for the Lakers, who conceded 13 to the Kings.