We broke down some of the more intriguing numbers from LAL’s 104-91 win against Minnesota:
Percentage of field goals made for Minnesota. In the second half, the Lakers allowed 38 points on 15 of 48 field goals (31.3 percent), and just 15 fourth-quarter points on 6 of 25 shooting from the floor.
Assists on 42 made field goals for the Lakers, including at least four dimes from five different players. “Ball movement,” Pau Gasol said of the team’s offensive success. “Trying to get everybody involved, and trying to make the right plays. It came from the unselfishness of getting everybody involved, moving the ball and keeping the defense on their toes.”
Offensive rebounds for the Wolves, compared to just seven for the Lakers. Minnesota’s center Nikola Pekovic grabbed 10 alone, allowing for a plus-16 advantage in second-chance points.
Plus-rating for Shawne Williams – a team high – in 20 minutes off the bench. Williams scored two points, but grabbed nine rebounds, and played a key part in the Lakers defensive success in the second half.
Players finished with a least 20 points for the Lakers, led by Nick Young’s 25 off the bench. In his first career start as a Laker, Xavier Henry recorded 21 points, while Gasol nearly finished with a triple double of 21 points, 13 boards and eight assists. Even with no true point guard on the floor, the Lakers still shot 53.8 percent.