We broke down some of the more intriguing numbers from LAL’s 109-103 loss at Golden State:
Combined points from Golden State’s backcourt of Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Jarrett Jack. Curry, originally a game-time decision, played 43 minutes and finished with 25 points – took 24 shots to get there – to go along with 10 assists and seven boards, while Thompson had 22, including six 3-pointers. After recording 29 points and 11 assists in the last meeting, Jack scored 19 points off the pine.
Field-goal percentage for the Warriors in the first half, including a 35-point second quarter where they shot 62.5 percent. The last four points came in 1.9 seconds off a David Lee putback dunk and an Andrew Bogut alley-oop tip-in after an errant inbounds pass from Metta World Peace that gave the home team the ball under their own basket. The Lakers were at a 35.6 clip and fell behind 63-40 after the first 24 minutes.
Minutes for Metta World Peace, who strained his left knee in the first half and did not return. Coach Mike D’Antoni opted to go small in the fourth, using a lineup of Steve Nash, Steve Blake, Jodie Meeks, Kobe Bryant and Dwight Howard. The Lakers made a late push with small ball, cutting the deficit to single digits with 2:51 remaining, but the rally fell short.
Consecutive 3-pointers made for Golden State to open the third quarter, pushing their lead to 25 points. The Warriors hit 10 triples on the evening out of 23 attempts, a 43.5 clip.
Lead change in the game, with the Lakers staying ahead for the first three-plus minutes, but trailing the rest of the game after Golden State started hitting shots. Despite the loss, L.A. remains one game ahead of Utah for the No. 8 spot with 11 games to play.