We broke down some of the more intriguing numbers from LAL’s 101-92 win against Boston:
Bench points for the Lakers, with 38 of them coming in the fourth quarter from a unit of Jordan Farmar, Kent Bazemore, MarShon Brooks, Jordan Hill and Chris Kaman. L.A.’s reserves erased a double-digit lead at the start of the final frame with a 15-5 run and led the remainder of the game. That lineup shot 16 of 23 from the floor (69.6 percent), while holding the Celtics to 8 of 24 field goals (33.3 percent).
Minutes for Pau Gasol in his return from a strained groin. The Spaniard recorded 16 points, seven rebounds, three assists and two blocks. Postgame, he acknowledged he felt fine. “The main thing that I wanted to accomplish was to get through the game without any soreness or discomfort in the groin and I did that,” Gasol said. “So I’m glad I was able to be out there again and be effective.”
Plus-rating for Brooks, a team high. Acquired from Golden State on Wednesday, Brooks scored a season-high 14 points and added three steals. He opened the fourth quarter with six straight points to key L.A.’s rally and had 10 overall in the final 12 minutes.
Points for Bazemore in his Laker debut, a career high. He also added four assists, three boards and two steals, and was part of the bench unit in the fourth that helped erase an 11-point deficit at the start of the quarter.
Wins for Boston against Western Conference opponents this season out of 11 games. The Lakers also snapped an eight-game home losing streak, as their last victory came on Jan. 3 against the Utah Jazz.