We broke down some of the more intriguing numbers from LAL’s 96-85 loss at New Orleans:
Points for Anthony Davis, a career-high. He also tied a career-high with six blocks, to go along with 12 rebounds and three assists. Davis made a number of key defensive plays, including two swats late in the fourth to thwart any Lakers rally. Below is a shot chart of Davis’ performance, courtesy of NBA.com/stats.
Fastbreak points for New Orleans, compared to just five for the Lakers. The Pelicans broke the game open with a 12-0 spurt late in the fourth quarter, nine of those points coming off of transition opportunities. “We just turned the ball over,” Steve Blake said. “It’s as simple as that. We just didn’t execute down the stretch, they got out in transition and were getting easy buckets. We can’t allow that to happen.”
Rebounds for Jordan Hill in 22 minutes off the bench, both season-highs. The only blemish for Hill was his 0 for 6 performance from the charity stripe. This season, the big man is averaging 14.1 points, 14.4 rebounds and 2.0 blocks per 36 minutes.
Three-point makes for the Lakers out of 19 attempts, both season-lows. L.A. was just 1 for 8 in the first half, yet only found themselves down seven at 55-48. Coming into the contest, they ranked ninth in the NBA in three-point field goal percentage (40.6) and third in makes at more than 11 per game.
The Lakers were held without a field goal from the 4:07 mark of the fourth quarter until 28 seconds remained in the game. During that span, L.A. missed four shots and turned the ball over three times, while the Pelicans extended their three-point lead to double digits to put the game out of reach.