We broke down some of the more intriguing numbers from LAL’s 105-103 win vs. Atlanta:
Percent field goals for the Lakers in the second half, when Atlanta nearly erased a once 21-point first half deficit. After hitting eight of their first 13 three-pointers, L.A. converted on just 1 of 12 from deep the rest of the game. The difference was the Lakers 16 of 17 shooting from the free-throw line in the third and fourth quarters, the biggest coming from Pau Gasol with five seconds left that gave L.A. the win.
Compare that to the Lakers first-half stats: 62 points on 53.2 percent field goals and 8 of 13 three-pointers (61.5 percent). Below is a shot chart courtesy of NBA.com/stats.
Points for Xavier Henry in his first career start as a Laker. The Kansas product drained four jumpers (two triples), and displayed his ability to consistently get to the rim (6 of 8 free throws). Through four games, he ranks second on the team in scoring at 14.3 per contest.
Different Lakers that hit a three-pointer in the game for the second time in four games this season. Prior to this year, the feat had only been achieved one time in franchise history. Gasol, who finished the 2012-13 year with a career-high 13 three-point makes, drilled his third triple in four games early in the first quarter.
Assists for Nick Young, who came off the bench for the first time this season. In the previous three games, Young had recorded just one assist. The USC product keyed the Lakers second-unit push the lead to as many as 21 with nine of his 14 points in the first half.
Turnovers from the Lakers starting backcourt of Steve Nash and Steve Blake. The two totaled a combined 13 assists of the team’s 27.