We broke down some of the more intriguing numbers from LAL’s 100-86 win against Sacramento:
Percentage of field goals made by the Kings in the second half, including a 5 for 20 third quarter (25 percent). The Lakers did not allow a field goal for the last four-plus minutes of the third and gave up just 13 points, pushing their halftime lead to double digits entering the final frame.
Points for Xavier Henry – a team-high – in 21 minutes off the pine. Led by Henry, the NBA’s top scoring bench totaled 40 points compared to the Kings’ 26. In his previous four games, the Kansas product averaged just 3.3 points and 2.0 rebounds in 16 minutes. “You’re going to have ups and downs,” Henry said. “As long as you affect the game in other ways, which I think I’ve done with defensive intensity and making sure I play hard every night, I’m alright.” Below is a shot chart of Henry’s efficiency from the floor, courtesy of NBA.com/stats.
Fastbreak points for the Lakers, who ranked 16th in the NBA in that category (12.1) coming into the game. The first two came courtesy of a highlight dunk from Wesley Johnson just a few minutes into the game. Postgame, Sacramento coach Mike Malone noted this was a key difference, along with the 14 turnovers his team committed compared to the Lakers’ 10 miscues.
Straight games Lakers opponents have scored less than 100 points. In those games, L.A. is holding opposing teams to 92.3 points on 43.8 percent shooting and 31.7 percent on three-pointers. “A lot of effort and a lot of being in the right positions,” Steve Blake said. “We have been really paying attention to the scouting report and individual strengths and weaknesses. I think that really makes a difference when we are all engaged like that.”
Straight wins for the Lakers, to reach the .500 mark at 7-7 despite playing the league’s second-toughest schedule. They improved to 6-1 when scoring 100-plus points and 3-1 against the Pacific Division.