We broke down some of the more intriguing numbers from LAL’s 109-99 loss at Minnesota:
Bench points for the Lakers, led by Nick Young’s 24. Manny Harris (19 points, eight rebounds) and Wesley Johnson (15 and nine) also had big games off the bench to help lead the second unit. This tied for the second-highest season total from the reserves (also occurred at Dallas on Nov. 5), behind the 76-point effort in the season opener against the Clippers.
Minutes for Steve Blake in his return from a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow. Blake wore a protective sleeve and missed his only two field-goal attempts, but notched six dimes and three steals. He ruptured his right eardrum in the first half after getting an elbow from a Minnesota player, but remained in the game.
Free-throw attempts for Kevin Love, his second straight contest with at least that amount (tied a season high). Love made 13 of his free throws and registered his fourth straight double-double with 31 points and 17 rebounds.
Assists for Steve Nash in his first game action since Nov. 10 vs. Minnesota at home. Nash drained his first bucket of the game and also finished with seven points. Postgame, he acknowledged it felt great to just get back on the court again.
Games missed from Meeks and Jordan Hill coming into the game, although the two exited early in the first quarter after suffering respective injuries. Meeks (ankle) came down awkwardly on Corey Brewer’s foot after attempting a jump shot, while Hill (cervical strain and headache) was inadvertently elbowed by teammate Chris Kaman. After the game, Coach Mike D’Antoni stated Meeks will miss the remaining two games of the road trip, while Hill’s status at Cleveland is uncertain.