We broke down some of the more intriguing numbers from LAL’s 101-95 loss against Miami:
Paint points for Miami. The Heat attempted 35 of their 80 field-goal attempts (they made 28) within five feet or less, according to NBA.com/stats, and they were a perfect 9 of 9 in transition towards 21 fastbreak points.
Minutes for Jordan Farmar in his first game back after suffering a tear in his hamstring. Farmar acknowledged he felt a little rusty postgame, but his contributions showed in his ability to get open looks for his teammates from the three-point line (14 of 36, 38.9 percent) and space the floor to take advantage of Miami’s aggressive defense on the screen and roll.
Points Nick Young is averaging in the last six games. With his 4 of 7 effort from the three-point line against Miami, Young is shooting 19 of 38 from distance during that span, too. Below is a shot chart of his efficiency beyond the arc in the last six contests, courtesy of NBA.com/stats.
Missed free throws for the Lakers, as the team converted on just 15 of 26 from the charity stripe (57.1 percent). Aside from Young hitting both of his free throws, each player who got to the line – Farmar, Pau Gasol, Jodie Meeks, Jordan Hill, Xavier Henry and Ryan Kelly – missed at least one.
Turnovers for the Lakers in the fourth quarter, including three in a six-minute span that allowed Miami to go on a 13-5 run to break an 83-83 tie. Dwyane Wade scored eight down the stretch and was key for Miami throughout, as he posted 23 points, seven assists, six rebounds and three steals.