We broke down some of the more intriguing numbers from LAL’s 104-96 loss against Toronto:
Regular-season minutes for Kobe Bryant after playing 28 in his season debut. He scored nine points, grabbed eight boards and dished out four assists, but also turned the ball over eight times. “I’m still kind of feeling things out still,” Bryant said postgame. I was pleased that I was able to move a little bit, turn the corner a bit, get into the paint, find guys a couple times … It felt good to get out there. Playing those (28) minutes took less of a toll on my body, so I feel fine … It’s a matter of getting those game legs back.”
Paint points for Toronto, who came into the game ranked 18th in that category (39.9 per game). Of their 82 field-goal attempts, 35 came from within eight feet or less, per NBA.com/stats. The Raptors recorded 19 fastbreak points and converted on numerous opportunities around the rim, in large part because of Amir Johnson’s play.
Points for Johnson, a career-high. The L.A. native also had 10 rebounds, two steals and two blocks. Johnson shot 14 of 17 from the floor, with most of his attempts coming inside the key. Below is a shot chart of his efficiency, courtesy of NBA.com/stats.
Lakers bench players in double figures, led by Nick Young’s 19. The second unit – Young, Xavier Henry (17), Jodie Meeks (14), Jordan Hill (11) and Shawne Williams (10) – totaled 71 of the team’s 94 points on 26 of 47 field goals (55.3 percent), while combining for eight of the team’s nine three-point makes.
Times the Lakers led during the game. L.A. started slow from the opening tip, trailing by as many as 13 points in the first quarter and missing six of their first seven shots.