We broke down some of the more intriguing numbers from LAL’s 108-94 win vs. Utah in their seventh preseason game:
Bench points for the Lakers, led by Jordan Farmar’s 20. L.A.’s second unit erased a 12-point Utah lead in large part because of their defense. Utah shot 6 for 21 in the second quarter and turned the ball over seven times that led to 11 Laker points.
Plus-rating for Farmar, a team-high in 23 minutes. He scored all of his 20 points in the second half – 15 in the fourth quarter – as he helped L.A.’s second unit hold off a late Jazz rally.
Jazz turnovers that led to 25 Lakers points. Last year, L.A. ranked 29th in the league in forced turnovers, but in four of seven preseason games, their opponents have committed more than 20.
Points for Wesley Johnson, to go along with six rebounds and two assists. Johnson received the bulk of the backup minutes at power forward, with coach Mike D’Antoni electing to go small. The Syracuse product helped key a 15-3 Lakers run early in the second quarter that turned a 26-18 deficit into a 36-29 lead.
Assists for Nick Young, a team-high. Young did not shoot the ball particularly well (4 of 12 field goals), but set up Shawne Williams (twice) and Jodie Meeks for three-point shots, and Pau Gasol for another long jumper.