We broke down some of the more intriguing numbers from LAL’s 103-100 loss against Washington:
Percent field goals for Washington in the second half, after a 36.2 percent showing in the first 24 minutes. John Wall and Trevor Ariza combined for 37 points on 13 of 21 shooting as the visitors outscored L.A. 62-43 in the second half. “We just allowed them I think to get into a rhythm and into a comfort zone,” Pau Gasol said. “We gave them life and they took advantage of it.”
Minutes for Gasol in his return to the court after missing 20 games. The 7-foot Spaniard scored just four points, but grabbed eight rebounds. “(I’m) a little sore,” Gasol said. “But hopefully it’ll be OK tomorrow and it’ll be better every game and my conditioning will also get better so I can increase my productivity and my minutes.”
Turnovers for the Lakers that led to 21 points for Washington. L.A. committed seven in the third quarter compared to zero Wizards miscues, helping allow the visitors to crawl within two points entering the final frame.
Assists for Wall, a career-high. He also scored 24 points and helped key Washington’s comeback – along with Ariza – from an 18-point deficit. Wall recorded 18 and 11 in the second half alone; since his return from injury on Jan. 2, Washington is 20-15, the fifth-best record in the East. “I don’t know if anybody is playing at as high a level as John (Wall) is,” coach Randy Wittman said.
Three-pointers for Ariza, a career-high. The UCLA product finished with 25 points for the game, but had 19 in the final 24 minutes (7 of 10 field goals and 5 of 7 on 3′s), a key factor in the Wizards comeback.