We broke down some of the more intriguing numbers from LAL’s 111-106 win vs. Utah in their final preseason game:
Third-quarter points for the Lakers on 13 of 19 field goals, a 68.4 percent clip. Coach Mike D’Antoni elected to play the starting unit for the first 12 minutes out of halftime, as they erased a two-point deficit and outscored the Jazz 37-20 to take a 15-point lead into the fourth. Steve Blake scored 13 of his 19 points in the quarter on a perfect 5 of 5 from the floor, including three triples.
Minutes for Steve Nash, including 12 in the second half. Nash, despite battling an ankle problem throughout the preseason, finished with seven points and four assists. Prior to this game, Nash had sat out the second half of the last three.
Three-pointers made for the Lakers out of 29 attempts. Prior to this contest, L.A. had struggled with the long ball, converting on less than 30 percent. But in the preseason finale, four Laker players drained at least two triples, including Blake’s five.
Players who finished in double figures, led by Blake’s 19 (7 of 7 field goals, 5 of 5 on three-pointers). L.A.’s bench combined for 42 points, with Xavier Henry (13), Jordan Farmar (11) and Jordan Hill (10) leading the way. During eight preseason contests, five Laker players averaged in double figures.
Plus-rating for Wesley Johnson off the bench. Johnson grabbed seven rebounds (nine overall for the game) in 10 minutes in the first half, keying a big second-quarter run that put L.A. up by as much as 11.