We broke down some of the more intriguing numbers from LAL’s 106-102 win at Detriot:
Paint points for Detroit, a season-high in the NBA. The Pistons failed to make a shot outside of eight feet in the first half, going 0 for 16. On the night, they converted on 38 of 69 (55.1 percent) from eight feet and in, and just 6 of 31 (19.4 percent) eight feet and out. The Lakers only allowed eight points inside during the fourth, though, and held Detroit to 6 of 18 field goals (33.3 percent), while also forcing six turnovers.
Minutes for Jordan Hill, who did not return to the game after spraining his left ankle in the third quarter. Shawne Williams played most of the minutes at the four, recording a season-high 20 points, to along with nine rebounds, three assists, two steals and one block. Williams was key down the stretch, draining three triples in the fourth to key L.A.’s comeback.
Plus-rating for Nick Young, a team-best. The USC product wore a splint on his left ring finger after injuring it at Brooklyn, but came up big in the final minutes for the Lakers with four points (a layup and two free throws) and a charge that sealed L.A.’s fifth win in the last six games.
Three-pointers apiece for Wesley Johnson (27 points, six rebounds, three blocks) and Williams. The Lakers came into the contest first in the NBA in three-pointers made per game (10.4), and converted on 14 of 31 (45.2 percent) overall. Below is a shot chart of the team’s efficiency from beyond the arc, courtesy of NBA.com/stats.
Point – a free throw from Pau Gasol – from the Lakers starters in the fourth quarter. The play of Jordan Farmar, Williams and Young off the bench, who combined for 24 of the team’s 29 points in the final 12 minutes, helped L.A. erase a 10-point deficit entering the final frame.