We broke down some of the more intriguing numbers from LAL’s 108-102 loss against Brooklyn:
First-half points for Brooklyn on 57.9 percent field goals. Coming into the game, the Nets ranked 22nd in the league in points per game (97.2), but they started hot from the floor and raced out to a 19-point lead at one point. “We let them get in charge too comfortably,” Pau Gasol said. “And (our) transition defense did not have enough communication in that guys were getting wide-open shots.”
Minutes for Nick Young in his first game action since Feb. 5 at Cleveland. Young nailed his first jumper upon his return and finished with 10 points.
Different Laker players have started a game this year. Newly acquired Kent Bazemore made his first career start and posted a new career high with 17 points, two nights after scoring 15 in his debut vs. Boston.
Missed free throws for the Lakers, including five in the fourth quarter. Each player that went to the charity stripe – Bazemore, Gasol, Jodie Meeks, Jordan Hill, Nick Young and Chris Kaman – missed at least one.
Steals for Deron Williams, a career high. He poured in 30 points, to go along with seven assists and five rebounds. Williams, along with Paul Pierce (25 points, seven boards, four dimes), carried Brooklyn all game to help snap an 11-game losing skid against L.A.