We broke down some of the more intriguing numbers from LAL’s 117-110 loss against Utah:
Field-goal percentage for the Jazz, who broke the game open with a 35-point second quarter that featured a bevy of fast break layups. Much of the work was done by a Utah bench featuring Enes Kanter, who made six of his eight shots in the game, Gordon Hayward (14 points, five free throws) and DeMarre Carroll, who had 10 points and six assists plus all kinds of defensive energy.
Paint points for Utah, compared to just 34 for the Lakers, a +20 differential. Kanter did all of his scoring at the rim, taking advantage of the time Dwight Howard sat and Pau Gasol watched in street clothes.
Minutes for Jordan Hill, who started the second half in place of Antawn Jamison. Hill notched 17 points, nine boards and four blocks, and was L.A.’s most energetic and active player in a game where getting such consistent effort was a problem.
Jazz points off 14 Lakers turnovers, compared to just nine Lakers points off 10 Jazz turnovers. Mike D’Antoni summarized: “They just outran us.” Seemingly every LAL mistake – and 14 isn’t a bad number for a game – was turned into points on the other end.
Three-pointers the Lakers converted out of 27 attempts. Kobe and Chris Duhon both nailed four, while Jodie Meeks had three off the bench. Duhon now leads the Lakers with a 48.6 conversion rate from deep, while Meeks is at 41.7 percent and Bryant 39.8 percent. As a team, the Lakers are now shooting 38.8 percent from downtown, good for 5th in the NBA, after ranking only 26th at 32.2 percent last season.
Assists for Chris Duhon, his second game with double digit dimes since being inserted into the starting lineup. He turned the ball over only twice in his 31 minutes, after a 10-assist, 0-turnover game at New Orleans.