We broke down some of the more intriguing numbers from LAL’s 145-130 loss against Houston:
Career assists for Steve Nash, placing him third all-time in NBA history. With a feed to Jodie Meeks for a dunk in transition, Nash moved past Mark Jackson (10,334) on the assists list and now trails only John Stockton (15,086) and Jason Kidd (12,091).
Fastbreak points for the Lakers, a season high. They are averaging 23.4 fastbreak points per game over the last seven contests, an increase from 14.0 through the first 71 games.
Points apiece for Terrence Jones and James Harden. Jones had 23 by halftime to help pace Houston in the first half, while Harden put up 18 of the Rockets 49 in the third quarter when the visitors blew the game open. The two combined to shoot 23 for 33 from the floor (69.7 percent), and Harden also fell one assist shy of his career high.
Minutes for Jordan Farmar after missing the previous 11 games because of a strained groin. Farmar posted 15 points, eight assists, five rebounds, three steals and two blocks off the bench. “I feel good,” Farmar said postgame. “No setbacks, nothing to worry about, just disappointed in our performance. But other than that, physically I feel fine.”
Three-pointers for Nick Young towards a team-high 32 points in just 23 minutes due to foul trouble. In the last 11 games, Young is shooting 44.7 percent from beyond the arc and averaging 3.5 three-point makes per contest.
At the 2:13 mark of the second quarter in L.A.’s game against Houston on April 8, Steve Nash fed Jodie Meeks for a dunk in transition to give him career assist number 10,335, passing Mark Jackson (10,334) and placing him third all-time in NBA history.
He played 13 minutes off the bench, recorded three points, five assists and three rebounds. Nash now trails only John Stockton (15,806) and Jason Kidd (12,091) on the career assists list.
As part of his rookie duties, Ryan Kelly gave his own rendition of R. Kelly’s “I Believe I Can Fly” at the Lakers Annual Celebrity Golf Invitational and Dinner.
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After his basketball career is over, who thinks he can be the next American Idol?
Here’s an update on several Lakers who missed Sunday’s game in advance of Tuesday’s matchup with Houston.
We broke down some of the more intriguing numbers from LAL’s 120-97 loss against LAC:
Percentage of field goals made by the Clippers as six players finished in double figures. In the third quarter, the home team made 13 of 21 shots (61.9 percent), including 7 of 12 three-pointers, to push their lead out of halftime to 94-72 heading to the final frame.
Points for Jordan Hill, to go along with nine boards and two steals. In the last three games with Chris Kaman (calf) and Pau Gasol (vertigo) out, Hill has averaged 18.0 points, 11.3 rebounds and 2.0 blocks on 51.3 percent field goals.
Double-doubles for Kendall Marshall this season, after scoring 10 points and dishing out 11 assists. With most of their point guards and playmakers out because of injury, plus Kent Bazemore exiting early, Marshall logged a team-high 43 minutes.
Minutes for Bazemore before going down with a foot injury early in the second quarter. X-rays came back negative on his foot, but Bazemore will have an MRI on Monday to determine the severity of it.
Three-pointers made for Chris Paul without a miss. Paul finished with 23 points, six assists, four boards and three steals in just 28 minutes. “He is extremely talented,” coach Mike D’Antoni said. “You could argue he’s the best point guard. He’s always made his teams better and he’s shooting the ball better now from two’s and three’s. He’s just a good basketball player.”
We broke down some of the more intriguing numbers from LAL’s 107-95 loss against Dallas:
Percentage of field goals made by the Lakers in the second half, when Dallas outscored L.A. 55-41. The home team made just 2 for 15 from beyond the arc in the third and fourth quarters, too, as they struggled to consistently string together any offensive rhythm.
Points for Dirk Nowitzki, which pushed him past Dominique Wilkins for 11th all-time on the NBA’s scoring list. Only one player born outside the United States has more points than Nowitzki (26,678): Hakeem Olajuwon (26,946).
Rebounds for Wesley Johnson off the bench, to go along with six points, three steals and two blocks. In the last two games, Johnson is averaging 11.5 boards, after tying his career high with 12 at Sacramento.
Made field goals without a miss for Brandan Wright. The North Carolina product dunked the ball seven times and all his makes came within five feet or less, as he finished with a season-high 23 points.
Assists for Steve Nash in 19 minutes off the bench. Nash (10,330) now needs five dimes to pass Mark Jackson (10,334) for third all-time in NBA history.
It’s been well documented that Nick Young and Kendall Marshall are two of the biggest sneakerheads on the Lakers.
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Who has the better shoe game? Swaggy P. or KButter?
We broke down some of the more intriguing numbers from LAL’s 107-102 loss at Sacramento:
Losses for the Lakers this season, just the second time in franchise history L.A. has had as many defeats. It is also just their eighth losing season since moving west from Minneapolis in 1960.
Fastbreak points for the Lakers, as they used smaller lineups for much of the night. With Pau Gasol (vertigo) and Chris Kaman (calf) both out, Wesley Johnson came off the bench as the backup four, playing alongside Jordan Hill or Robert Sacre. In particular, Jodie Meeks was able to score a number of his 21 points in transition (5 for 5 within five feet or less, according to NBA.com/stats).
Points for Ray McCallum, a career high for the rookie out of Detroit. He also added five assists and four boards in 46 minutes. In the last five games with Isaiah Thomas sidelined (quad), McCallum is averaging 17.6 points, 6.6 assists and 4.0 rebounds.
Four-point plays for Nick Young this season – a franchise high for a player – after converting one in the second quarter. Young led the Lakers off the bench with 17 points, including four three-pointers. In the last eight games, he is shooting 28 for 60 from beyond the arc (46.7 percent).
Blocked shots for Hill – tied a season high – in a start at center. Hill also recorded 18 points and 15 rebounds, his third double-double in the last six games.
We broke down some of the more intriguing numbers from LAL’s 124-112 loss against Portland:
Points for Portland’s two All-Stars in LaMarcus Aldridge (31 points, 15 rebounds, six assists) and Damian Lillard (34 points, eight assists). Both scored 16 apiece in the second half when Portland outscored L.A. by 10 to pull away for the win.
Minutes for Pau Gasol in his return from a four-game absence (vertigo). Gasol recorded nine points, seven assists, four rebounds and two blocks starting alongside Chris Kaman. “I am a little fatigued, he said postgame. “I wasn’t feeling too well before the game so I’m glad I got through it. I talked to the doctor and hopefully it’s going to continue to get better.”
Assists for Steve Nash, to go along with 10 points and four rebounds off the bench. Nash (10,323) is now 12 dimes shy of surpassing Mark Jackson (10,334) for third all-time in assists in NBA history. The Santa Clara product tweaked his ankle during the game, however, and acknowledged he likely wouldn’t play at Sacramento.
Straight field-goals made by Nick Young towards a season-high 40 points (15 for 26 field goals, 6 for 13 three-pointers). Young was three points shy of his career-high 43 set during the 2010-11 season while he was in Washington.
Different starting lineups for Portland this season compared to 33 for the Lakers, in large part due to injuries. The Blazers used the same five-man unit through the first 53 games this year, which tied for the sixth longest streak in NBA history.