We broke down some of the more intriguing numbers from LAL’s 111-99 loss at Denver:
Paint points for Denver, who held a plus-28 in that department over the Lakers. Ty Lawson repeatedly got into the teeth of the defense to create for himself or for his teammates (seven assists). Coming into the game, the Nuggets ranked 13th in the NBA in paint points per game (42.2), but 24 of their 40 made field goals came within five feet or less.
Second-chance points for the Nuggets, courtesy of 23 offensive boards. Kenneth Faried, J.J. Hickson and Timofey Mozgov combined to grab 14 of them, with Mozgov tying his career-high of 23 points off the bench in 29 minutes.
Rebounds for Jordan Hill, which tied a career-high. Hill battled foul trouble throughout the game, but his activity on both ends of the floor (eight offensive boards, three blocks, one steal) was evident in his time on the court.
Dimes for Steve Blake, to go along with 15 points and six rebounds. He recorded his second straight game of double-digit assists and drilled two more three-pointers to bring his season total to 24, tied for second in the NBA.
Three-pointers for Wilson Chandler, who made his season debut after recovering from a hamstring injury. He finished a game-high plus-12, and his two triples during a 90-second span in the fourth helped push Denver’s lead to double digits, essentially sealing the win for the home team.