We broke down some of the more intriguing numbers from LAL’s 91-79 Game 1 loss at San Antonio:
Field-goal percentage for the Lakers, who struggled to gain any offensive rhythm or cohesion. Their starting lineup of Steve Nash, Steve Blake, Metta World Peace, Pau Gasol and Dwight Howard saw the court together for the first time all season.
Bench points from San Antonio, led by Manu Ginobili’s 18 in 19 minutes. Ginobili also finished with a team-high plus-19, while Matt Bonner chipped in with 10 points and five rebounds (plus-18 for the game). Granted, both played starters minutes, which wasn’t the case for L.A.’s subs.
The Lakers held San Antonio to sub-42 percent shooting for the second time in two weeks, their defense again strong throughout. After the Spurs converted on 10 of 20 field goals (50 percent) in the first quarter, San Antonio shot just 22 of 65 (33.9 percent) the rest of the way.
Minutes for Nash, seeing his first game action in more than three weeks after missing the final eight regular-season games with hamstring/hip issues. He recorded 16 points, three assists and two rebounds with only one turnover.
Turnovers for the Lakers, contributing to their struggles on offense. Despite L.A. shooting a better percentage and outrebounding the Spurs (44-43), San Antonio attempted 12 more shots, in large part because of the Lakers mistakes. Howard had four, and Gasol six with San Antonio sending multiple bodies at the big men.
Rebounds for Howard, his third straight game with at least 15. Since Kobe Bryant went down, Howard is averaging nearly 21 points and 17 boards.
Assists for Pau Gasol, all of them coming in the first half. The Lakers had 15 dimes for the game, but only five after halftime.
Steals for Blake, along with two blocks, who guarded Tony Parker most of the night. Parker, a 52.2 percent shooter during the regular season, converted on just 8 of 21 from the floor.