We broke down some of the more intriguing numbers from LAL’s 116-95 win against New Orleans:
Percentage of field goals made for the Lakers towards tying a season-high 116 points. The team also shot 11 for 20 (55 percent) from distance and 17 for 21 from the charity stripe (81 percent). Below is a shot chart of their efficiency from the floor, courtesy of NBA.com/stats.
Rebounds for the Lakers, who held a plus-22 edge on the glass. Four players grabbed at least seven boards, led by Jordan Hill’s 11 in his first start this season. It was the first time this season a team had at least 20 more defensive rebounds than the opposition, and the second time a team had at least 20 more total rebounds than an opponent (TOR vs. MIL, 11/2).
Assists for the Lakers, led by Steve Blake’s game-high 10. In his last three games, Blake has averaged nearly nine dimes. Postgame, the Maryland product was pleased with the ball movement from the entire team. “I think the chemistry was really there,” he said. “We read each other where we were supposed to be, we were getting into the pockets, guys were making the extra pass and we were making shots.” L.A. came in averaging 22.6 to rank 12th in the NBA, but improved to 23.8 to bump up to ninth.
Points for Hill – a career-high – to go along with 11 rebounds, two assists, two steals and one block. He sparked the Lakers to an early lead that would swell to as many as 28 points with his activity on both ends of the floor. “I think Jordan Hill being in that first group helped with his energy, and Wesley Johnson (too),” coach Mike D’Antoni said. “I thought they set the tone defensively, and then everybody picked it up.”
Plus-rating for Xavier Henry, a team-high. Henry shot 6 for 8 from the floor, including 3 for 3 from beyond the arc towards 15 points. The highlight of the night came from his one-handed dunk over former college teammate Jeff Withey.