We broke down some of the more intriguing numbers from LAL’s 114-99 win against Detroit:
Percent field goals for the Pistons in the second half after converting at a 62.5 percent clip in the first 24 minutes. In particular, the Lakers erased a six-point halftime deficit in the third quarter by outscoring Detroit 29-15 and limiting them to 7 for 25 shooting.
Rebounds for Jordan Hill, to go along with 24 points – both career-highs. In four starts this season, Hill has recorded three double-doubles and is averaging 18.8 points, 12.0 rebounds and 1.8 blocks on 61.7 percent field goals. “That’s just will and effort,” teammate Wesley Johnson said of Hill’s rebounding ability. “I know that he has a nose for the ball and he definitely doesn’t stop.”
Dimes for Steve Blake, a season-high. The combo guard now has four straight games with double-digit assists, the first time in his career he’s had such a streak. As a team, the Lakers finished with 33 assists on 47 made field goals. Postgame, Blake credited the coaching staff and his teammates for his recent success. “I think it starts with coach (Mike) D’Antoni putting me in a good system in the right places and our teammates getting used to each other,” he said. “The chemistry and the most important thing with assists is that your teammates make shots, so I give them all the credit for helping me get them.”
Plus-rating for Nick Young, tied for second-best on the team. A personal 8-0 run from Young that included back-to-back triples towards the end of the third quarter gave the Lakers the lead for good. In six games coming off the bench, Young is averaging 16.5 points on 53.5 percent field goals and 39.1 percent three-point field goals.
Three-pointers made for Jodie Meeks towards 19 points. He ranks second in the league in three-point field goals made (30), trailing only Golden State’s Klay Thompson (35). In the last four games, Meeks is shooting 56.2 percent from the floor and 54.2 percent from beyond the arc. Below is a shot chart of his efficiency, courtesy of NBA.com/stats.
We broke down some of the more intriguing numbers from LAL’s 89-86 loss vs. Memphis:
Rebounds for Memphis, who held a plus-11 advantage on the glass. The Grizzlies grabbed 10 boards on the offensive end that led to 10 second-chance points, while the Lakers only registered four offensive rebounds and two second-chance points.
Percentage of field goals made for the Lakers in the fourth quarter, including a 2 for 7 showing in the last five minutes. The Grizzlies, however, shot 52.2 percent in the final 12 minutes, with Marc Gasol and Zach Randolph combining to go 10 for 13 towards 22 points.
Points for Randolph, a season-high. He scored 14 in the fourth quarter, including 12 of the last 14 for Memphis down the stretch to seal the victory. Prior to the game, Randolph had been averaging 12.6 points and 8.1 rebounds, but he more than doubled his scoring average and grabbed 11 boards. Below is a shot chart of his efficiency from the field, courtesy of NBA.com/stats.
Three-pointers for Jodie Meeks on his way to a season-high 25 points. Meeks carried much of the offensive load, particularly in the third quarter (12 points on 5 of 6 field goals). His five triples accounted for half the Lakers’ 10 makes, the sixth time in 11 games they’ve hit double digit three-pointers.
Straight games of double-digit assists for Steve Blake, who finished with 10. In the last four games, Blake is averaging 12.2 points, 9.4 assists and 4.0 rebounds on 45.7 percent field goals and 50.0 percent three-point field goals.
We broke down some of the more intriguing numbers from LAL’s 111-99 loss at Denver:
Paint points for Denver, who held a plus-28 in that department over the Lakers. Ty Lawson repeatedly got into the teeth of the defense to create for himself or for his teammates (seven assists). Coming into the game, the Nuggets ranked 13th in the NBA in paint points per game (42.2), but 24 of their 40 made field goals came within five feet or less.
Second-chance points for the Nuggets, courtesy of 23 offensive boards. Kenneth Faried, J.J. Hickson and Timofey Mozgov combined to grab 14 of them, with Mozgov tying his career-high of 23 points off the bench in 29 minutes.
Rebounds for Jordan Hill, which tied a career-high. Hill battled foul trouble throughout the game, but his activity on both ends of the floor (eight offensive boards, three blocks, one steal) was evident in his time on the court.
Dimes for Steve Blake, to go along with 15 points and six rebounds. He recorded his second straight game of double-digit assists and drilled two more three-pointers to bring his season total to 24, tied for second in the NBA.
Three-pointers for Wilson Chandler, who made his season debut after recovering from a hamstring injury. He finished a game-high plus-12, and his two triples during a 90-second span in the fourth helped push Denver’s lead to double digits, essentially sealing the win for the home team.
We broke down some of the more intriguing numbers from LAL’s 116-95 win against New Orleans:
Percentage of field goals made for the Lakers towards tying a season-high 116 points. The team also shot 11 for 20 (55 percent) from distance and 17 for 21 from the charity stripe (81 percent). Below is a shot chart of their efficiency from the floor, courtesy of NBA.com/stats.
Rebounds for the Lakers, who held a plus-22 edge on the glass. Four players grabbed at least seven boards, led by Jordan Hill’s 11 in his first start this season. It was the first time this season a team had at least 20 more defensive rebounds than the opposition, and the second time a team had at least 20 more total rebounds than an opponent (TOR vs. MIL, 11/2).
Assists for the Lakers, led by Steve Blake’s game-high 10. In his last three games, Blake has averaged nearly nine dimes. Postgame, the Maryland product was pleased with the ball movement from the entire team. “I think the chemistry was really there,” he said. “We read each other where we were supposed to be, we were getting into the pockets, guys were making the extra pass and we were making shots.” L.A. came in averaging 22.6 to rank 12th in the NBA, but improved to 23.8 to bump up to ninth.
Points for Hill – a career-high – to go along with 11 rebounds, two assists, two steals and one block. He sparked the Lakers to an early lead that would swell to as many as 28 points with his activity on both ends of the floor. “I think Jordan Hill being in that first group helped with his energy, and Wesley Johnson (too),” coach Mike D’Antoni said. “I thought they set the tone defensively, and then everybody picked it up.”
Plus-rating for Xavier Henry, a team-high. Henry shot 6 for 8 from the floor, including 3 for 3 from beyond the arc towards 15 points. The highlight of the night came from his one-handed dunk over former college teammate Jeff Withey.
We broke down some of the more intriguing numbers from LAL’s 113-90 loss vs. Minnesota:
First-quarter points for Minnesota – a franchise-high – on 76.2 percent field goals. Kevin Love and Kevin Martin led the way, combining for 34 points on 12 of 14 field goals overall and 6 of 7 on three-pointers. Below is a shot chart of the team’s offensive performance in the first quarter, courtesy of NBA.com/stats.
The Lakers 22-game winning streak over Minnesota was snapped. The last time the T’Wolves defeated L.A. was Mar. 6, 2007 when Kevin Garnett, Ricky Davis and Troy Hudson headlined their starting unit.
Assists for Ricky Rubio, to go along with 12 points, 10 rebounds and five steals towards his second career triple-double. The Spaniard set the tone early with seven dimes and three steals in the first 12 minutes to pace Minnesota to an early 47-23 advantage.
Minutes for Steve Nash before he was pulled after halftime because of back pain. Jodie Meeks, who finished with 16 points, started in his place to start the second half. “I’m concerned,” coach Mike D’Antoni said. “He was struggling physically tonight. You could just see it on his face and that’s why I took him out. We shut him down more or less. He was struggling.”
Three-pointers for Steve Blake, who finished with a team-high 19 points. Blake now ranks third in the league in three-point field goals made (21), behind Golden State’s Klay Thompson (22) and Stephen Curry (22).
We broke down some of the more intriguing numbers from LAL’s 96-85 loss at New Orleans:
Points for Anthony Davis, a career-high. He also tied a career-high with six blocks, to go along with 12 rebounds and three assists. Davis made a number of key defensive plays, including two swats late in the fourth to thwart any Lakers rally. Below is a shot chart of Davis’ performance, courtesy of NBA.com/stats.
Fastbreak points for New Orleans, compared to just five for the Lakers. The Pelicans broke the game open with a 12-0 spurt late in the fourth quarter, nine of those points coming off of transition opportunities. “We just turned the ball over,” Steve Blake said. “It’s as simple as that. We just didn’t execute down the stretch, they got out in transition and were getting easy buckets. We can’t allow that to happen.”
Rebounds for Jordan Hill in 22 minutes off the bench, both season-highs. The only blemish for Hill was his 0 for 6 performance from the charity stripe. This season, the big man is averaging 14.1 points, 14.4 rebounds and 2.0 blocks per 36 minutes.
Three-point makes for the Lakers out of 19 attempts, both season-lows. L.A. was just 1 for 8 in the first half, yet only found themselves down seven at 55-48. Coming into the contest, they ranked ninth in the NBA in three-point field goal percentage (40.6) and third in makes at more than 11 per game.
The Lakers were held without a field goal from the 4:07 mark of the fourth quarter until 28 seconds remained in the game. During that span, L.A. missed four shots and turned the ball over three times, while the Pelicans extended their three-point lead to double digits to put the game out of reach.
We broke down some of the more intriguing numbers from LAL’s 99-98 win at Houston:
Bench points for the Lakers, led by Jodie Meeks’ 18 and Wesley Johnson’s 16. Both were key down the stretch for L.A.: Johnson shut down James Harden during the final minutes, while Meeks drained a key triple (five overall in the game) to set up Steve Blake’s game winner.
Free-throw attempts for the Rockets compared to the Lakers 15. Harden attempted 16, including 13 in the second quarter, while Dwight Howard also attempted 16, with 12 of them coming in the fourth. L.A. elected to foul the big man down the stretch intentionally where he went 4 for 8. Overall, Houston only made 33 of their 52, a 63.5 percent clip.
Three-pointers made for the Lakers, the last one from Blake ultimately being the game-winner. Below is a shot chart of the Lakers performance from the three-point line, courtesy of NBA.com/stats.
Rebounds for Chris Kaman in his first start as a Laker, with coach Mike D’Antoni choosing to play two bigs. The 7-footer recorded four points, five boards, two steals and one block in the first quarter to help pace the Lakers to an early double-digit lead. In all, L.A. owned a plus-three advantage on the glass and grabbed 13 offensive boards towards 13 second-chance points.
The Lakers held the Rockets without a field goal for the final 3:52 after choosing to foul Howard until the two-minute mark. In that span, Howard went 5 for 12 from the line, while Houston missed five field goals, including Patrick Beverley’s last second three-point attempt.
We broke down some of the more intriguing numbers from LAL’s 123-104 loss at Dallas:
Paint points for Dallas, as their guards consistently broke down the Lakers defense and made their way to the rim. The Mavs also grabbed 10 offensive rebounds and had 12 second-chance points that allowed them to get easy buckets near the hoop.
Points for Monta Ellis, to go along with nine assists on 11 of 14 field goals and 8 of 8 free throws. Ellis, in particular, routinely got to the basket whether it was for himself or setting up his teammates. Below is a shot chart of Ellis’ performance, courtesy of NBA.com/stats. “He’s just a different kind of weapon,” Mavs coach Rick Carlisle said of Ellis. “His catch-and-go ability, his speed in transition, his ability to change direction and attack the rim is unique in the league.”
Triples for the Lakers, with eight of them coming in the second half. In three of five games this season, L.A. has made double-digit three-pointers. For the season, they are shooting 39.2 percent from deep, ninth in the NBA.
Third-quarter minutes for Jordan Hill, who started the second half in place of Shawne Williams. Postgame, however, coach Mike D’Antoni acknowledged he is still looking for the best lineup combinations, whether the Lakers go with a more traditional lineup with two big men or a big and a stretch four.
Assists for Jordan Farmar, a season-high, as he directed a second unit that made a late push in the third quarter. The lead, though, would not get any closer than 15 points. Through five games, Farmar leads L.A. in dimes with 5.5 per contest.
We broke down some of the more intriguing numbers from LAL’s 105-103 win vs. Atlanta:
Percent field goals for the Lakers in the second half, when Atlanta nearly erased a once 21-point first half deficit. After hitting eight of their first 13 three-pointers, L.A. converted on just 1 of 12 from deep the rest of the game. The difference was the Lakers 16 of 17 shooting from the free-throw line in the third and fourth quarters, the biggest coming from Pau Gasol with five seconds left that gave L.A. the win.
Compare that to the Lakers first-half stats: 62 points on 53.2 percent field goals and 8 of 13 three-pointers (61.5 percent). Below is a shot chart courtesy of NBA.com/stats.
Points for Xavier Henry in his first career start as a Laker. The Kansas product drained four jumpers (two triples), and displayed his ability to consistently get to the rim (6 of 8 free throws). Through four games, he ranks second on the team in scoring at 14.3 per contest.
Different Lakers that hit a three-pointer in the game for the second time in four games this season. Prior to this year, the feat had only been achieved one time in franchise history. Gasol, who finished the 2012-13 year with a career-high 13 three-point makes, drilled his third triple in four games early in the first quarter.
Assists for Nick Young, who came off the bench for the first time this season. In the previous three games, Young had recorded just one assist. The USC product keyed the Lakers second-unit push the lead to as many as 21 with nine of his 14 points in the first half.
Turnovers from the Lakers starting backcourt of Steve Nash and Steve Blake. The two totaled a combined 13 assists of the team’s 27.
We broke down some of the more intriguing numbers from LAL’s 91-85 loss vs. San Antonio:
Second-chance points for San Antonio compared to the Lakers eight. The Spurs owned a plus-four advantage on the glass, even without Tim Duncan (chest contusion) in the lineup. Tiago Splitter and Kawhi Leonard combined for 25 of San Antonio’s 50 rebounds, nine of which came on the offensive end.
Percent shooting from the Lakers starting backcourt of Steve Nash (1 of 8) and Steve Blake (2 of 12). Nash did not play the entire fourth quarter and struggled to get going throughout the game, while Blake hit his only two field goals in the third.
Fourth-quarter points for Boris Diaw, who started in place of Duncan. Diaw hit a three-pointer with 1:40 remaining to put the Spurs up 85-81, which essentially sealed the win for San Antonio.
Consecutive made baskets from Tony Parker from the 10:07 mark of the third till the final buzzer. Parker finished with 24 points and six assists, but was nearly perfect in the second half (6 of 7 field goals) as he keyed San Antonio’s win on the road. Below is a look at his second-half shot chart, courtesy of NBA.com/stats.
Turnover for San Antonio in the fourth quarter, when they shot 52.6 percent field goals. Postgame, Jordan Farmar acknowledged the difference down the stretch of a close ballgame. “They’re a really good team,” he said. “We’re still trying to find our identity and figure it out. They executed and made plays and made shots and we didn’t.”