We broke down some of the more intriguing numbers from LAL’s 125-112 loss at Houston:
Career assists for Steve Nash, No. 10,000 coming on a pretty bounce pass that found Antawn Jamison for a layup before halftime. He became the fifth player in NBA history to accomplish that feat, joining John Stockton, Jason Kidd, Mark Jackson and Magic Johnson in the exclusive club.
Points per game the Lakers are allowing during their four-game skid. Opponents are also shooting nearly 49 percent from the floor and 40 percent from the 3-point line.
Paint points for Houston, their guards consistently getting to the hoop and finishing at the rim, particularly in the second half, in the absence of L.A.’s top three big men – Dwight Howard, Pau Gasol and Jordan Hill – who all missed the game with respective injuries.
Shooting percentage for the Rockets in the second half towards 66 points, including a 38-point third quarter that erased a three-point Lakers halftime lead. Houston’s backcourt duo of Jeremy Lin and James Harden combined for half the Rockets points (33) in the final 24 minutes.
Three-pointers for Rockets guard Carlos Delfino, who scored 19 points off the bench, 13 of those coming in the first half. In his last five games, Delfino is 19 for 31 from deep (61.3 percent).