We broke down some of the more intriguing numbers from LAL’s 103-99 loss against Philadelphia:
Points the Lakers conceded to the 76ers, a team that came into the contest 26th in the league in points per contest (93.2). Six players finished in double figures, led by Jrue Holiday’s 26 points and 10 assists and Evan Turner’s 22 points, 13 boards and five assists. “We just didn’t play together, especially on the defensive end,” Dwight Howard said. “We had a lot of mistakes down the stretch. Nobody rotated fast enough, and that’s where we lost the game.”
Points for Kobe Bryant on 14 for 29 shooting, his league-leading scoring average now at 30.3 points. Bryant finished the month of December averaging 33.8 points per contest, and in his last four games, has shot the ball at a 52.6 clip.
Percent shooting from the 3-point line, the Lakers converting just 3 of 22 attempts, while the 76ers made 8 of 22 (36.3 percent). In the last three games, LA is shooting just 28 percent from deep (21 for 75), a team that once ranked as high as sixth in the league in that category, but have now dropped to 13th.
Dimes for Steve Nash, who is now 28 shy of 10,000 for his career. It was the second straight game with at least 10, and third time in the last four games he’s reached double digit assists.
Home losses for the purple and gold in 17 home games (10-7) this season, whereas last year, they went 26-7 at Staples Center. “It’s frustrating,” Steve Nash said of the loss. “We’re in a tough position; we really have a lot of ground to make up.”
Blocked shots for Dwight Howard, despite being in foul trouble in the first half, although he was just 1 for 7 from the floor and 5 for 10 from the charity stripe toward seven points. “It’s really been frustrating for him because dealing with the injury and trying to come back and expectations that we all have for him,” Bryant said of his teammate. “It’s tough to deal with that when you’re not physically the same player that you were a few years ago. It’s been frustrating for him, but to his credit, he’s been battling through it and he’s been finding ways to be effective.”
Also the number of shots Philly hit consecutively to start the game, putting the Lakers into an immediate hole from which they had to dig out. L.A. did take the lead in the second quarter, but Philly closed the half and started the third quarter on another run to push its lead back to double digits.