We broke down some of the more intriguing numbers from LAL’s 123-104 loss at Dallas:
Paint points for Dallas, as their guards consistently broke down the Lakers defense and made their way to the rim. The Mavs also grabbed 10 offensive rebounds and had 12 second-chance points that allowed them to get easy buckets near the hoop.
Points for Monta Ellis, to go along with nine assists on 11 of 14 field goals and 8 of 8 free throws. Ellis, in particular, routinely got to the basket whether it was for himself or setting up his teammates. Below is a shot chart of Ellis’ performance, courtesy of NBA.com/stats. “He’s just a different kind of weapon,” Mavs coach Rick Carlisle said of Ellis. “His catch-and-go ability, his speed in transition, his ability to change direction and attack the rim is unique in the league.”
Triples for the Lakers, with eight of them coming in the second half. In three of five games this season, L.A. has made double-digit three-pointers. For the season, they are shooting 39.2 percent from deep, ninth in the NBA.
Third-quarter minutes for Jordan Hill, who started the second half in place of Shawne Williams. Postgame, however, coach Mike D’Antoni acknowledged he is still looking for the best lineup combinations, whether the Lakers go with a more traditional lineup with two big men or a big and a stretch four.
Assists for Jordan Farmar, a season-high, as he directed a second unit that made a late push in the third quarter. The lead, though, would not get any closer than 15 points. Through five games, Farmar leads L.A. in dimes with 5.5 per contest.