We broke down some of the more intriguing numbers from LAL’s 125-101 loss against LAC:
Points the Lakers conceded to the Clippers, the second-most allowed to an opponent this year. The visitors scored 30 or more points in the first three quarters and topped the century mark after 36 minutes of play. All five starters finished in double figures – six overall – and three had 20-plus (Chris Paul, Chauncey Billups, Blake Griffin). “(The defense) was non-existent,” Kobe Bryant said.
Assists on 38 made field-goals for the Lakers, as Bryant finished with 11 dimes. The home team also shot nearly 51 percent from the floor (50.7), but a combination of turnovers, offensive rebounds and 3-pointers was the difference.
Offensive rebounds for the Clippers that they turned into 19 second-chance points and 14 more opportunities. Griffin and DeAndre Jordan combined for 11 of them, as both finished with double-digit rebounds.
Three-pointers made by the Clippers – a season-high – out of 30 attempts (53.3 percent). They converted on 7 of 12 in the third quarter alone, extending their 12-point halftime lead to 21 entering the final frame. Four Clipper players finished with at least three triples (Matt Barnes, Billups, Caron Butler, Paul), led by Billups’ five. “Billups was shooting really well and that gives us another whole dimension,” Clippers coach Vinny Del Negro said.
Straight points for Griffin to begin the game as the Clippers jumped out to a 15-0 lead in the opening five minutes. The 6-foot-10 power forward recorded 18 of his 22 points in the opening quarter on 9 of 10 shooting, while the Lakers started the game 0 for 9, to go along with three turnovers.
Plus-rating for Jodie Meeks – a team-high – and the only player that logged 20 or more minutes and finished with a net positive. Meeks was part of a second unit, along with Steve Blake and Antawn Jamison, keyed a 14-3 that cut the Clippers lead to three points early in the second quarter. The Clippers, though, would respond with an 11-0 run near the end of the half, and Barnes would drill another 3-pointer right before halftime to push the lead back to double digits.