Facing their largest deficit of the night at 92-77 with 3:44 left in the third quarter, the Lakers outscored the Kings 49-30 over the final 15-plus minutes to come away with a 126-122 win. In the process, they set a franchise record with 19 three-pointers made in a regulation game (14 for 18 in the second half).
Sparking the rally was Jordan Farmar, who recorded* career highs in points (30) and three-pointers made (eight).
*Shot chart from Farmar’s career night, courtesy of NBA.com/stats:
Postgame, Farmar allowed it’s been tough this season as he’s dealt with hamstring tears on two separate occasions that have kept him out a total of 30 games.
“Every day I feel a little better and better,” he said. “That’s the positive going through my mind. I’m starting to forget about it and think about it less and less. I just try to stay positive all year and continue to work and know that I’d get an opportunity to showcase myself.”
Over the last two contests, the UCLA product looks to be finding his rhythm with averages of 23.0 points, 5.0 assists, 57.7 percent field goals (15 of 26) and 75.0 percent on three-pointers (12 of 16).
Along with Farmar, newly acquired wing MarShon Brooks played a key role in the team’s comeback. Brooks scored a season-high 23 points (21 in the second half) on 9 of 13 field goals and 3 of 3 on three-pointers.
“It’s definitely a great feeling,” Brooks said of being able to contribute. “Since my sophomore year (in the NBA), I was in and out of the rotation and it wasn’t ever because I was playing bad, it was just luck. Then I finally got the opportunity to play here and I just want to try and make the most out of it.”
Brooks and Farmar both did most of their damage in the second half, as they combined for 40 of the Lakers 72 points in the third and fourth quarters. The two combined to shoot 13 of 19 from the floor, including 8 of 9 on three-pointers (L.A. shot 14 for 18 from distance as a team).
Overall, the Lakers became the second team since 1985-86 to shoot at least 70 percent (19 for 26)* from deep while attempting at least 25 shots.
*Shot chart of the Lakers three-point efficiency from the floor, courtesy of NBA.com/stats:
“I think it’s just contagious,” said Jodie Meeks, who finished with 22 point on 8 of 8 field goals. “When you see someone knock down a couple shots it gives other people on the team more confidence also.”
As such, six players registered double figures, with four scoring at least 20 points (Farmar: 30, Brooks: 23, Meeks: 22, Pau Gasol: 22). That marked the first time in more than 16 years four Laker payers recorded 20 or more in the same game. The last time it occurred was on Feb. 4, 1998 when Eddie Jones (28), Kobe Bryant (26), Nick Van Exel (23) and Shaquille O’Neal (21) did so.
- The Lakers shot 60.0 percent from the floor overall (a season high), including 65.8 percent in the second half.
- The 126 points scored was a season high, surpassing the previous mark of 119 at Cleveland on Feb. 5.
- The team tied a season high with 35 assists, with Kendall Marshall dishing out a team-high 10 dimes.
- The Lakers finished with a season-high 48 field goals made, topping the previous high of 47 vs. Detroit on Nov. 17.
- Farmar’s 30-point effort off the bench was the second this season by a Laker. Nick Young scored 31 at Chicago on Jan. 20.