Lakers – Grizzlies Postgame Numbers

We broke down some of the more intriguing numbers from LAL’s 106-98 loss at Memphis on Friday evening:

Points per game allowed on average in L.A.’s four road losses. The Grizzlies scored 106, with all five starters in double figures, and shot 50.7 percent (38 for 75) from the field. Memphis improved to 7-0 when topping the century mark, and shot six more free throws than the Lakers (30-24) in a category L.A. typically controls. “They had a better game overall than we did,” said Pau Gasol. “They were able to move the ball well and pick us apart at times. They got into the heart of our defense way too many times. That hurt us. That put all the big guys in foul trouble. They had (Zach) Randolph and Marc (Gasol) going to the glass. There are some adjustments that we are going to have to make. We must tighten up at least.”

Points Kobe Bryant is averaging on the season after his second straight 30-point effort, following up Wednesday’s 38 points in Sacramento. The team’s co-captain, however, made only 7 for 23 field goals — 3 for 13 in the second half — while trying to help get the Lakers back into a game they trailed by as many as 16.

Minutes played by Antawn Jamison, who capitalized by scoring a season-high 16 points with seven boards, five of them offensive. The 14-year veteran contributed on D as well, helping to keep Zach Randolph to five points on 2 for 7 shooting in the second half.

Turnovers for the Lakers, with the Grizzlies capitalizing on those miscues for 29 points. L.A. had 20 turnovers at Sacramento in their previous road loss, and has at least 18 in all four of its road defeats. Averaging 19 per game in the last two stands in contrast to the 11.3 turnovers the Lakers averaged in their previous three home games since Mike D’Antoni took over as head coach.

More points in the paint scored by the Grizzlies, with Dwight Howard and Gasol doing little work inside. They combined for only 13 points and had four boards apiece.

Straight double-doubles to begin the season for Randolph, who finished with 17 points and 12 boards, and was a game-high +24 on the night. Howard had a streak of five straight double-doubles snapped in the past two games, in which he’s 14 points and 13 rebounds, total.