We broke down some of the more intriguing numbers from LAL’s 113-99 loss at Houston:
Second-half points for Houston, as they outscored L.A. 33-15 in the third to turn a 57-52 halftime deficit into an 85-72 lead entering the fourth. James Harden netted 17 of his game-high 38 points in the third, and also finished with four rebounds, four assists and a season-high five steals.
Points for Nick Young off the bench, after a two-point performance at Dallas the previous night. Young had been dealing with a sore back, but suited up and was particularly effective in the first half (6 of 10 field goals) to help pace L.A. to a five-point lead after two quarters.
Free-throw attempts for Dwight Howard, 16 of them coming in the fourth quarter as the Lakers intentionally fouled late in the game. The big man made seven of them, but the Lakers were never able to get the deficit into single digits during that stretch. In two games vs. L.A. this season, Howard is shooting 15 of 40 from the charity stripe (37.5 percent).
Turnovers for the Lakers that led to 26 Rockets points. Seven miscues came in the third quarter, which Houston turned into 10 points; the Rockets also scored 10 of their 27 fastbreak points in the third to swing the game in their favor.
Straight games with at least 20 points for Jodie Meeks (21), who has also been the de facto back up ballhandler (along with Young) when Kendall Marshall rests. In 2014, Meeks is averaging 21.7 points, 4.3 assists, 3.7 rebounds and 2.3 steals.