We broke down some of the more intriguing numbers from LAL’s 114-99 win against Detroit:
Percent field goals for the Pistons in the second half after converting at a 62.5 percent clip in the first 24 minutes. In particular, the Lakers erased a six-point halftime deficit in the third quarter by outscoring Detroit 29-15 and limiting them to 7 for 25 shooting.
Rebounds for Jordan Hill, to go along with 24 points – both career-highs. In four starts this season, Hill has recorded three double-doubles and is averaging 18.8 points, 12.0 rebounds and 1.8 blocks on 61.7 percent field goals. “That’s just will and effort,” teammate Wesley Johnson said of Hill’s rebounding ability. “I know that he has a nose for the ball and he definitely doesn’t stop.”
Dimes for Steve Blake, a season-high. The combo guard now has four straight games with double-digit assists, the first time in his career he’s had such a streak. As a team, the Lakers finished with 33 assists on 47 made field goals. Postgame, Blake credited the coaching staff and his teammates for his recent success. “I think it starts with coach (Mike) D’Antoni putting me in a good system in the right places and our teammates getting used to each other,” he said. “The chemistry and the most important thing with assists is that your teammates make shots, so I give them all the credit for helping me get them.”
Plus-rating for Nick Young, tied for second-best on the team. A personal 8-0 run from Young that included back-to-back triples towards the end of the third quarter gave the Lakers the lead for good. In six games coming off the bench, Young is averaging 16.5 points on 53.5 percent field goals and 39.1 percent three-point field goals.
Three-pointers made for Jodie Meeks towards 19 points. He ranks second in the league in three-point field goals made (30), trailing only Golden State’s Klay Thompson (35). In the last four games, Meeks is shooting 56.2 percent from the floor and 54.2 percent from beyond the arc. Below is a shot chart of his efficiency, courtesy of NBA.com/stats.