We broke down some of the more intriguing numbers from LAL’s 116-111 loss at Washington:
Paint points for Washington, a season-high. The Wizards came into the game averaging just 37.5 points inside (23rd in the NBA), but got easy buckets in transition with John Wall constantly pushing the ball (21 fastbreak points) and finding his teammates (nine assists) for easy buckets.
Percentage of field goals made by Washington towards 116 points. For the first time in five games, a Lakers opponent topped the century mark. The Wizards had all five starters in double figures, led by a career-high 30 from Nene and 31 from Wall.
Three-pointers made by the Lakers, with five players making two or more. Despite Washington shooting 59.1 percent from the floor in the first half, L.A.’s hot shooting from the outside kept the game close. The Wizards made just 6 of 21 from beyond the arc, but converted on 4 of 8 in the fourth quarter (three coming from Martell Webster, who finished with 20 points and nine rebounds). Below is a shot chart of the Lakers three-point efficiency, courtesy of NBA.com/stats.
Straight road losses for the Lakers, as they fell to 1-5 away from Staples Center. In their last games three on the road (at New Orleans, at Denver and at Washington), L.A. has allowed 107.8 points on 45.3 percent field goals. “That’s a concern,” coach Mike D’Antoni said of the team’s 1-5 road record. “We have to learn how to win with this team that’s just put together and we don’t have one thing that we go to all the time, but we’ll get a streak. They’re playing hard and they’re together.”
Turnovers in the final 1:10 of the ballgame for the Lakers – a 24-second shot clock violation and an errant pass from Steve Blake. In all, L.A. committed 17 turnovers that Washington turned into 28 points.