We broke down some of the more intriguing numbers from LAL’s 113-100 win at San Antonio:
Postseason appearances for San Antonio since its inaugural season in 1976, including this year. Only the Lakers have more playoff berths (35) during that 38-year span.
Minutes averaged from the Spurs’ normal starters that suited up. Gregg Popovich elected to sit Tim Duncan for the game and didn’t play Tony Parker the second half. Thirteen different players saw at least 12 minutes as San Antonio had already clinched the No. 1 overall seed throughout the playoffs coming into the game.
Players in double figures for the Lakers, including all five starters. As a team, L.A. was efficient from the floor, shooting 49.5 percent overall and 40.7 percent from the three-point line.
Three-point makes for Kendall Marshall without a miss. On the year, Marshall finished 11th among all point guards in three-point field goal percentage (38.5).
Turnovers for the Lakers in the first and third quarters. As such, L.A. outscored San Antonio 68-47 over those two periods that essentially turned out to be the difference in the game.
We broke down some of the more intriguing numbers from LAL’s 119-104 win at Utah:
Percentage of field goals made by the Lakers in the fourth quarter as they outscored the Jazz 33-18. Knotted up at 86 apiece at the end of the third, L.A. reeled off a 23-3 run to open the final frame en route to snapping their seven-game skid.
Points for Nick Young off the bench (14 of 23 field goals, 6 of 11 three’s), besting his season high of 40 vs. Portland on Apr. 1. Young caught fire in the fourth quarter when he poured in 17, including nine in a row at one point. Below is a shot chart of his efficiency from the floor, courtesy of NBA.com/stats.
Turnovers forced by the Lakers that led to 29 points (five in the deciding fourth quarter that led to 11 points). “Tonight, they were turnovers that didn’t give us an opportunity to get back and make stops,” Jazz coach Tyrone Corbin said. “They made us pay for them.”
Assists for Kendall Marshall, 11 of which came in the first half. It was his third double-digit assist effort in April and his sixth such game this season with at least 15 dimes.
Steals for Wesley Johnson, to go along with 12 points, six boards, four assists and three blocks. In the last five games, Johnson is averaging 11.2 points, 7.4 rebounds, 3.4 assists and 2.2 steals while shooting 50.0 percent from beyond the arc.
We broke down some of the more intriguing numbers from LAL’s 102-90 loss against Memphis:
Rebounds for Memphis, 16 of which came on the offensive end. Overall, the Grizzlies held a plus-20 edge on the glass in part due to their size advantage in the frontcourt with Marc Gasol and Zach Randolph, plus Kosta Koufos and Ed Davis off the bench.
Fastbreak points for the Lakers compared to nine for the Grizzlies. In the last five, L.A. is averaging 23.0 points in transition, which would rank first in the league (the Clippers currently top the NBA with 18.8 fastbreak points per game).
Assists for the Lakers on 35 made field goals. L.A.’s backcourt of Kendall Marshall and Jordan Farmar combined for 16 dimes, while three others added at least three apiece (Wesley Johnson, Ryan Kelly and Jordan Hill).
Plus-rating for Marc Gasol, a team high. The big man recorded 18 points, 15 rebounds, four assists and three steals, and keyed the Grizzlies third-quarter run that saw them stretch their halftime lead from a single point to 18 entering the fourth.
Rebounds for Johnson – a career high – to go along with 15 points and four assists in a team-high 40 minutes. It was his third double-double of the year and his third double-digit rebounding effort in the last six games.
We broke down some of the more intriguing numbers from LAL’s 112-95 loss against Golden State:
Plus-rating for David Lee in his return to the Warriors lineup after a seven-game absence (hamstring). Lee posted his 34th double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds in 25 minutes off the bench.
Double-doubles for Jordan Hill this year as he scored 18 points and grabbed 12 rebounds. While Pau Gasol (vertigo) and Chris Kaman (calf) continued to be sidelined, Hill is averaging 16.8 points, 10.2 rebounds, 1.8 blocks and 1.2 steals in April.
Game-losing streak snapped by the Warriors in Los Angeles with the win. In the process, Golden State won the series for the first time since the 1994-95 season.
Triple-doubles for Stephen Curry this season after recording 30 points, 12 assists and 10 rebounds. Curry became the first Warrior to have at least four triple-doubles in a season since Wilt Chamberlain had five in 1962-63.
Three-pointers for Steve Blake towards 13 points, his highest scoring game as a Golden State Warrior. Blake also added five rebounds, five assists and two steals in 30 minutes.
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.
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.
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.
We broke down some of the more intriguing numbers from LAL’s 115-99 win against Phoenix:
Points for Phoenix’s starters (60 for the bench). The backcourt duo of Goran Dragic and Eric Bledsoe combined for just 27 points on 7 for 25 field goals and 2 for 11 from beyond the arc. “It’s an entire team effort,” Kendall Marshall said. “Those guys are extremely hard to guard one-on-one, and we were rotating when (the) bigs were showing hard. We were showing multiple bodies, and it discouraged them from making plays. It’s a total team effort when it comes to that.”
Percentage of field goals made by Phoenix (35 for 91), including just 22.2 percent (8 for 36) from beyond the arc. Prior to the game, the Suns had converted at least 50.0 percent of their shots in three of their last six.
Plus rating for Chris Kaman, a team high. Kaman scored a season-high 28 points (13 for 19 field goals) and also tied season marks of 17 rebounds and six assists. Below is a shot chart of Kaman’s efficiency from the floor, courtesy of NBA.com/stats.
Assists for Marshall, to go along with 13 points, plus three steals. It was Marshall’s first double-double since a 20-point, 16-assist outing on Feb. 19 vs. Houston.
Wins over Western Conference playoff bound teams this month for the Lakers (at Portland, vs. Oklahoma City, vs. Phoenix). L.A. also defeated New York on Tuesday, a squad one game back of the final spot in the East.