We broke down some of the more intriguing numbers from LAL’s 116-103 win vs. LAC in their home opener:
Bench points for the Lakers, including a career-high 22 from Xavier Henry. The second unit played the entire fourth quarter and outscored the Clippers 41-24, converting on 15 of 23 field goals and 6 of 8 three-pointers to key L.A.’s win.
Rebounds for the Lakers, who owned a plus-12 in that category. Pau Gasol grabbed 13 boards, while Chris Kaman and Jordan Hill recorded eight each off the bench. Of the team’s 52 rebounds, 18 were on the offensive end. Hill alone grabbed seven total and five in the fourth quarter that allowed L.A. to score 17 second-chance points (30 for the game).
Three-pointers made for the Lakers out of 29 attempts, a 48.3 percent clip. Outside Shawne Williams, each starter drained at least one triple, while Jodie Meeks and Henry had three apiece off the bench. In the second half, L.A. converted on 9 of 20 from distance when they outscored the Clippers 61-46.
Assists for Jordan Farmar, to go along with 16 points and four rebounds. The UCLA product helped key the bench unit during the Lakers fourth-quarter surge, helping create for himself (nine points) and for his teammates (three assists) in the final 12 minutes.
Minutes for the starters in the fourth quarter, as coach Mike D’Antoni elected to roll with a lineup of Farmar, Meeks, Henry, Wesley Johnson and Hill. No Lakers starter played more than 24 minutes, as the coaching staff went 11 deep into the rotation.