We broke down some of the more intriguing numbers from LAL’s 116-95 loss at Boston:
Shooting percentage for Boston in the third as they converted on 16 of 21 shots towards 37 points, tying a season-high in a quarter. The Celtics nailed 14 of their last 16 shots to end the quarter and extended their 14-point halftime lead to 24 entering the final frame. Overall, the home team shot 52.9 percent and put up 116 points, as six players finished in double figures. “The roof kind of caved in on us and we gave them a lot of transition points and easy baskets,” Kobe Bryant said. “They were hot. I can’t really remember them missing a shot in the third quarter … they played really well.”
Paint points for the Celtics, who came into the contest averaging 38 (ranked 25th in the league). Even in Dwight Howard’s return, Boston still got to the rim (25 free throws on the night) and owned a plus-22 in this category.
Minutes for Howard, after sitting out the previous three contests because of soreness in his right shoulder. The big man recorded nine points and nine rebounds, but also battled foul trouble all night before fouling out in the fourth quarter.
Three-point attempts for the Lakers, who only made five on the evening (21.7 percent). Metta World Peace missed on all five of his tries and finished just 2 for 13 for five points. Through four games on the road trip, World Peace is shooting 5 for 25 from the 3-point line (20 percent) and just 13 for 49 overall (26.5 percent).
Personal fouls called on Boston in the opening quarter, as Kevin Garnett was sent to the bench just two minutes into the contest. Jason Collins (3) and Chris Wilcox (2) also picked up multiple fouls, but the Lakers failed to take advantage, nailing just 5 of 12 free throws (41.7 percent).