We broke down some of the more intriguing numbers from LAL’s 106-93 loss at Memphis, their seventh straight road defeat:
Points for Memphis, a team that ranked 28th in the league in points per game (92.9) prior. They had not scored more than 85 in seven of their last eight games, including their last six. The Grizzlies improved to 12-0 when breaking the century mark and held the opposition under 100 points for the 37th time in 41 contests this year (a league best). Memphis also tied a season-high with 60 paint points, the third time they’ve reached that mark this season.
Percent shooting for the Lakers in the second half on 14 of 40 from the floor. After starting 7 for 9 in the first half, Kobe Bryant shot 4 of 14 in the last two quarters, although he still finished 11 for 23. Postgame, though, forward Earl Clark acknowledged L.A. stood around and watched, instead of moving to get open on offense.
Plus-rating for Memphis forward Darrell Arthur, the highest of any player. In 28 minutes off the bench, Arthur recorded 20 points – a season high – on 9 for 15 from the floor, to go along with nine rebounds and three assists. In the second half alone, the Kansas product scored 14 points and grabbed six boards, taking advantage of the absence of Dwight Howard, who re-aggravated his shoulder injury and had to leave the game before halftime.
Offensive rebounds for the Grizzlies toward 27 second-chance points. Without Dwight Howard in the second half, the Lakers were out-rebounded 30-19 (52-34 advantage overall) and Memphis scored 16 points off extra opportunities.
Losses in the month of January for the Lakers (2-10 in 2013); the last time L.A. finished with at least that many defeats in a month was April 2005.