We broke down some of the more intriguing numbers from LAL’s 112-98 win at Philly:
Assists on 45 made field goals for the Lakers. Kendall Marshall recorded 10 dimes off the bench in 20 minutes, his 12th double-digit assist outing this year. L.A.’s starting backcourt of Steve Nash and Steve Blake combined for 13 helpers to just two turnovers.
Percentage of field goals made by Philly in the second half towards 34 points, including just 13 in the fourth quarter. L.A.’s defense held the Sixers to just eight paint points in the last two quarters (34 in the first half) and forced 15 turnovers. For the first time in 16 games, the Lakers held an opponent under 100 points.
Points for Nash on his 40th birthday, a team high. He also chipped in with five assists and four rebounds in 28 minutes. “At this point, I don’t take anything for granted,” Nash said postgame. “It’s a mental and emotional ride for me to get ready to play every day, and hope my body obliges. So I’m just thrilled I could move out there without restriction and help my teammates.”
Steals for Wesley Johnson – a season high – to go along with 17 points, three boards and three blocks. In the last three games, Johnson is averaging 17.3 points, 7.0 rebounds, 2.3 blocks and 1.7 steals, while shooting 47.7 percent from the floor and 58.3 percent from beyond the arc.
Three-pointers for Blake towards 14 points. Despite being a game-time decision (thigh contusion), Blake also registered eight assists (to zero turnovers) and five rebounds in 36 minutes. Since returning from his elbow injury, Blake is averaging 8.3 points, 9.7 assists, 6.3 rebounds and 2.7 steals.