We broke down some of the more intriguing numbers from LAL’s 113-102 win against Sacramento:
Field-goal percentage for the Lakers towards 113 points, as six players finished in double figures. In the second half, L.A. made 19 of 30 shots (63.3 percent). “We don’t have to be one player dominant,” coach Mike D’Antoni said. “That ball needs to move and if it does, then we are really good.”
Bench points coming from two players – Antawn Jamison and Steve Blake. Jamison recorded a game-high 27 points, to go along with nine boards, while Blake finished with 16 points, eight assists and five boards. The two also combined to hit nine of the team’s 12 three-pointers on the evening. At Indiana, Jamison posted 17 points and seven rebounds, and Blake had 17 points, seven assists, six rebounds and four steals.
Rebounds for Dwight Howard, his 14th straight game with at least 12 boards, tying the longest streak of his career. Howard also recorded at least 15 rebounds for the 22nd time this season, most in the NBA. He finished with 12 points and five blocked shots, anchoring a Lakers defense that limited Sacramento to just 39.6 percent field goals in the second half. In the last five games, the big man is averaging 19.4 points, 16.4 rebounds and 3.4 blocks. “For me it starts on defense,” he said postgame. “I have to control the paint, make sure I come out with a lot of energy and just protect the basket for these guys.”
Assists for Steve Nash, one short of his season-high set back on Jan. 6. It was his first double-digit assist game since the beginning of the month and just the third in the last month-and-a-half. Overall, the Lakers finished with 28 dimes on 41 made field goals, and postgame, D’Antoni expressed he was pleased with the ball movement.
Straight field goal makes for Metta World Peace, before finishing 10 of 13 for 22 points. In the last three games, World Peace is averaging 20.3 points on 56.8 percent field goals.