We broke down some of the more intriguing numbers from LAL’s 126-114 loss at Denver:
Season-high number of points the Lakers allowed, including 69 in the second half, as the Nuggets improved to 9-1 at home this season and avenged a 122-103 beating at Staples Center on Nov. 30. All five starters scored in double figures, a first this year.
Lakers shooting percentage, helping explain how they scored 114 points in a game they lost by 12. Steve Nash made his first six shots before missing his final two and Pau Gasol made 7 of 11 to lead the good shooting parade. However, Denver attempted 11 more shots thanks to their big edge on the offensive glass (more on that below), made one more three (12 to 11) and three more free throws (24 to 21).
Scoring average for Kobe Bryant after scoring 40 more points on an efficient 13 for 24 from the floor (5 for 9 from three plus 9 for 11 free throws). It was his 10th straight game with 30+ points, doubling the record he matched for players at or above age 34 (tying Michael Jordan and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar with five). In 13 December games, the 17th-year veteran is averaging 37.2 points.
Points for Corey Brewer off the bench, tying a career high, including 21 in the second half. The Florida product finished 9 of 16 from the floor, and 6 of 7 from deep (a career best).
Three-pointers from the Nuggets out of 22 attempts, a 54.5 clip for a team that came into the game ranked 28th in 3-point shooting percentage. Denver nailed 11 for 15 in the second half alone, Brewer with all six of his triples coming after halftime.
Offensive rebounds for Kenneth Faried — who finished with 21 points and 15 boards — on a night the Nuggets grabbed 20. The result: 25 second-chance points, which killed the Lakers, and helped create a 20-point differential in paint points.
Three-pointers hit by Pau Gasol, towards his 19 points. He added six boards, five assists and two blocks, and has not totaled at least five assists in all four games since returning from an 8-game hiatus (knee tendinitis).