We broke down some of the more intriguing numbers from LAL’s 104-95 win vs. Golden State in their first preseason game:
Points for Xavier Henry – a career-high – off the bench. The Kansas product routinely got to the basket (9 for 11 free throws) and showed off his three-point stroke (two triples), one of them a halfcourt heave that beat the halftime buzzer. “I’m blessed to be on a great team with a lot of great players,” Henry said postgame. “I have a great coaching staff that believes in me – it was just letting me play. They were allowing me to be myself. When your teammates are as unselfish, and everybody is happy for everybody, we all shine.”
Free throws made for the Lakers out of 35 attempts, an 80 percent clip. Henry converted on 9 of 11 attempts, while Nick Young made all eight of his free throws. As a team last year, the Lakers ranked last in the NBA in free-throw percentage at 68.9 percent, in large part due to Dwight Howard’s 49.2 clip.
Third-quarter points for the Warriors on 5 of 18 field goals (27.8 percent). Golden State coach Mark Jackson did pulled starters Stephen Curry, Andre Igoudala, David Lee and Andrew Bogut after halftime, but L.A. was playing without Pau Gasol (rest), Steve Nash (rest) and Kobe Bryant (Achilles). The Lakers didn’t fare much better in the third – 4 for 26 field goals – but their defensive effort kept them within striking distance heading to the fourth.
Assists for Jordan Farmar off the bench in a team-high 28 minutes. One of the highlights of the night was a nifty over-the-head backwards pass from Farmar to Shawne Williams in the first quarter. “I felt good, I felt good,” Farmar said. “It’s my responsibility to make sure they were organized and everybody is comfortable and getting involved.”
The Lakers closed the final 2:49 of the game on a 10-2 run after the Warriors closed to within a single point at 94-93. Dan Gadzuric found Elias Harris under the basket for a layup, Farmar converted an and-1, Marcus Landry drained a triple off a Farmar dish and Henry made two free throws to seal L.A.’s first preseason win since 2010.