We broke down some of the more intriguing numbers from LAL’s 114-108 loss against Portland:
Points for Portland in the third quarter, as they pushed their 53-50 halftime lead to 94-74 entering the final frame. The Blazers shot 17 of 24 from the floor (70.5 percent) and made as many field goals in the third as they had in the first half. Below is a shot chart of their efficiency in the third, courtesy of NBA.com/stats.
Minutes for Robert Sacre, a season-high. The Gonzaga product played the entire fourth quarter when the Lakers trimmed Portland’s 20-point lead to just a single point twice. Sacre recorded career-highs in points (12), rebounds (seven) and assists (four).
Plus-rating for Xavier Henry, a team-high. Henry recorded a career-high 27 points on 9 of 12 field goals and 7 of 11 free throws, while also manning the point guard position in the second half for L.A.’s unit that made a rally late in the game.
Three-pointers for Portland down the stretch of the game – one from Damian Lillard and one from Wesley Matthews – to hold off the Lakers comeback. Both Lillard (seventh in three-pointers made) and Matthews (second in three-pointers made) ranked among the league’s best in that category coming into the game, and the two combined for seven of the team’s nine triples on the night.
Minute for Jordan Farmar, before exiting the game with what the Lakers called a moderate left hamstring strain. The UCLA product had been playing some of his best ball of late, particularly on L.A.’s road trip, averaging 16.7 points, 4.7 assists and 3.7 rebounds on 61.3 percent field goals and 62.5 percent on three-pointers.