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Lakers-Wolves Postgame Numbers

Los Angeles Lakers v Minnesota TimberwolvesWe broke down some of the more intriguing numbers from LAL’s 143-107 loss at Minnesota:

67.1
Percentage of field goals made by Minnesota, a franchise high. The Wolves’ hot shooting propelled them towards a franchise-high 143 points as seven players reached double figures.

38
Plus-rating for Nikola Pekovic, a team high. Pekovic returned to the starting lineup after missing six games (ankle) and scored 26 points on an efficient 9 of 10 shooting from the floor and 8 of 8 free throws.

31
Minutes for Robert Sacre, tying a career high. Sacre scored 14 points and grabbed seven boards (a career high six on the offensive end) for the second straight game.

6
Assists for Steve Nash in 15 minutes off the bench. Nash started the second half in place of Kendall Marshall and played for the first time since Mar. 21 vs. Washington.

2
Career triple-doubles for Kevin Love after he posted 22 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists in just 29 minutes. It was the first time in franchise history a player has recorded a triple-double in less than 30 minutes.

Lakers-Bucks Postgame Numbers

Los Angeles Lakers v Milwaukee BucksWe broke down some of the more intriguing numbers from LAL’s 108-105 loss at Milwaukee:

474
Games missed due to injury/illness for both teams combined. The Lakers (256) and Bucks (218) rank first and second in the league, respectively, in that category. As such, L.A. has used 32 different starting lineups this season, while Milwaukee has used 26.

55.7
Percentage of field goals made by Milwaukee, as all but one of their players – Jeff Adrien – hit at least 50 percent of their shots. Since the All-Star break, the Bucks rank sixth in the league in terms of offensive efficiency (108.6).

30
Points for Brandon Knight on 12 for 21 shooting from the floor, including 2 for 4 from the three-point line. In two games vs. the Lakers this season, Knight averaged 33.5 points, 4.0 rebounds and 2.0 steals on 58.7 percent field goals and 41.7 percent from the three-point line.

23
Second-chance points for the Lakers. They held a plus-five edge on the glass overall and a plus-four advantage on the offensive glass, in large part due to Jordan Hill (16 rebounds, nine offensive).

9
Offensive rebounds for Hill, a career high. Hill also had a career-tying 28 points, plus 16 rebounds. In the last four games, the Arizona product is averaging 18.5 points, 12.0 rebounds and 1.3 blocks on 69.8 percent field goals.

Lakers Score 51 Points in Record-Setting Quarter

1314postgame_henryLeading 50-42 at halftime vs. New York, the Lakers opened the third quarter and missed their first two shots. Those would be two of the rare misses in the period, as the team converted on 19 of their next 24 field goals towards a franchise-record 51 points.

“Obviously, we hit shots,” coach Mike D’Antoni said postgame. “We hit shots all over the place. It’s infectious. When you start taking good shots, they start going in, and even the hard shots start going in. It was one of those nights.”

Overall, the Lakers made 19 of 26 field goals (73.1 percent), 6 of 9 three-pointers (66.7 percent) and 7 of 8 free throws (87.5 percent), and added 11 assists to just one turnover in that third quarter. Outside of Robert Sacre, the nine other players – Kendall Marshall, Jodie Meeks, Wesley Johnson, Jordan Hill, Chris Kaman, Kent Bazemore, Xavier Henry, Nick Young, Ryan Kelly – that saw court time during that stretch scored, as the Lakers pushed their lead from eight to 28 heading into the final 12 minutes.

*Below is a short chart of the Lakers efficiency from the floor, courtesy of NBA.com/stats.
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Even before the record-setting quarter, however, the Lakers reserves – Bazemore, Henry, Young, Kelly and Sacre – helped spur a 16-point swing in the game. After L.A. struggled to get anything going offensively in the first 12 minutes of the game (14 points, 5 of 18 field goals), the five-man unit off the bench was a plus-16 and totaled 20 points on 8 of 9 field goals and 4 of 4 three-pointers in the second quarter.

“I think our energy just picked up,” Kelly said. “Really we ended the first quarter with a couple plays that gave us some energy moving on forward, and then the bench definitely gave us a lift.”

In total, that lineup combination finished the night as a plus-12 and scored 49 points (17 of 27 field goals, 9 of 13 on three-pointers) in 15 minutes of floor time together, according to NBA.com/stats. The Lakers also set a season-high with 82 bench points and 127 points overall in winning their second straight game.

“I mean we’ve shown obviously we can score the basketball pretty well,” Kelly said. “Not quite like tonight, but we have that ability. It always feels good to put one together.”

Lakers-Knicks Postgame Numbers

New York Knicks v Los Angeles LakersWe broke down some of the more intriguing numbers from LAL’s 127-96 win against New York:

82
Bench points for the Lakers, a season high. Each reserve scored at least five points, led by Xavier Henry’s 22. After trailing by eight at the end of the first, the second unit helped turn the game around to give L.A. an eight-point advantage by halftime (16-point swing).

51
Third-quarter points for the Lakers, a record for any quarter in franchise history. The team combined to shoot 19 for 26 field goals (73.1 percent) and 6 for 9 on three-pointers (66.7 percent), while recording 11 assists to just one turnover. Below is a shot chart of their record-breaking quarter, courtesy of NBA.com/stats.
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18
Three-pointers made for the Lakers, one short of the franchise record set vs. Sacramento on Feb. 28. Six players hit at least one triple and five at least two, with the bench combining to make 13 for 19.

6
Four-point plays for Nick Young this year, after converting one late in the third quarter. It was the second straight game Young had recorded a three, plus the foul, after tallying four through the first couple months of the season.

2
Straight losses for the Knicks (vs. Cavaliers, at Lakers), after an eight-game winning streak. During their win streak, the Knicks defeated just one team over .500 (Indiana: 51-20), while the rest of their opponents were a combined 136-288. Despite being 13 games under .500, New York (29-42) sits just three games back of Atlanta (31-38) for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.

Lakers-Magic Postgame Numbers

Orlando Magic v Los Angeles LakersWe broke down some of the more intriguing numbers from LAL’s 103-94 win against Orlando:

19
Minutes for Pau Gasol, who did not start the second half because he was feeling dizzy and nauseous. Postgame, team spokesman John Black said Gasol received three liters of IV fluid and would remain in the hospital overnight for precautionary observation. An update will be given on his condition on Monday.

17
Plus-rating for Jordan Hill, who finished with a career-high 28 points, plus 13 rebounds. It was Hill’s third career game with at least 20 points and 10 rebounds, all of which have come this season.

8
Assists for Kent Bazemore, a career high. With Jordan Farmar (groin), Steve Nash (hamstring) and Xavier Henry (wrist) all sidelined, Bazemore helped facilitate the offense off the bench in backing up Kendall Marshall.

6
Steals for Jodie Meeks, a career high. He also added 13 points in a team-high 40 minutes, while also helping with ball-handling duties as most of the team’s playmakers were out with injuries.

5
Four-point plays for Nick Young this season after he converted one late in the first quarter. He scored 26 points to lead the Lakers bench, a feat he’s accomplished in 34 of his 42 games off the pine this year.

Lakers-Wizards Postgame Numbers

Washington Wizards v Los Angeles LakersWe broke down some of the more intriguing numbers from LAL’s 117-107 loss against Washington:

612
Assists for John Wall this season, as he finished with 14 for the second straight contest. Wall also registered 28 points, four rebounds and two steals.

21
Points for Nick Young, which tied for a team high with Jodie Meeks. Young played for the first time since Feb. 23, and made 7 of his 16 field goals, including 4 of 9 from beyond the arc.

19
Minutes for Steve Nash off the bench in his first game action since Feb. 11 vs. Utah. Nash also added five points, four boards and three steals. With his double-digit assist outing, Nash (10,307) now needs 28 dimes to surpass Mark Jackson (10,334) for third-most all time in NBA history.

14
Rebounds for Jordan Hill, plus nine points and four blocks in his return from a six-game absence (knee). Hill was particularly effective in the second quarter when he recorded six points, eight boards and three blocks (most by a Laker in a quarter this season).

10
Three-pointers for Washington, out of 25 attempts (40.0 percent). Bradley Beal drained four, while Trevor Ariza and Wall added two apiece for the second-best three-point shooting team in the league.

Lakers-Spurs Postgame Numbers

San Antonio Spurs v Los Angeles LakersWe broke down some of the more intriguing numbers from LAL’s 125-109 loss against San Antonio:

68.4
Percentage of field goals made by Tony Parker in three games against the Lakers this season (26 for 38). Parker made 11 of his 16 field goals towards a game-high 25 points, plus five assists and three boards.

33
Fourth-quarter points for San Antonio, the league’s top scoring team in the final 12 minutes (27.1). The Spurs also held the Lakers to just 4 of 19 field goals (21.1 percent) as they pulled away down the stretch to notch their 11th straight win.

24
Points for Xavier Henry in 32 minutes off the bench. Henry led part of a second unit that helped spark a Lakers rally in the first half, as they cut what was once an 11-point deficit to a single point by halftime. Postgame, Henry stated his knee is starting to feel better after missing two-plus months with a knee strain.

11
Rebounds for Robert Sacre, a career high. Sacre gave L.A. a lift on the defensive side inside all game long, particularly in the second quarter, when San Antonio shot just 35.7 percent from the floor.

6
Steals for Kent Bazemore, a career high. He also added 13 points (three triples) plus three assists. Along with Sacre, Bazemore was active defensively, which allowed L.A. to get back in the game in the first half.

Lakers-Spurs Postgame Numbers

Los Angeles Lakers v San Antonio SpursWe broke down some of the more intriguing numbers from LAL’s 119-85 loss at San Antonio:

491
Wins for Tim Duncan, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili as a trio. The victory moved them ahead of the Lakers threesome of Magic Johnson, Michael Cooper and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (490) and into second place all-time in NBA history amongst trios. They now only trail Boston’s Robert Parrish, Kevin McHale and Larry Bird (540).

76
Bench points for San Antonio, with five reserves reaching double figures. No Spurs starter logged more than 22 minutes as their lead reached 27 points by halftime and swelled to as much as 35 in the second half.

34.1
Percentage of field goals made by the Lakers. Outside of Pau Gasol (8 of 16), the rest of the team struggled to generate much offense (23 of 75 combined) against the league’s fifth-best defense.

21
Plus-rating for Matt Bonner, a team high. Bonner recorded his first double-double of the season with 13 points (three triples), 10 rebounds, plus four assists in 26 minutes off the bench.

4
Three-pointers made for the Lakers out of 21 attempts (19.0 percent). Over the last eight contests, L.A. had averaged 12.2 makes per game and converted at a 47.6 percent clip from beyond the arc.

Lakers-Thunder Postgame Numbers

Los Angeles Lakers v Oklahoma City ThunderWe broke down some of the more intriguing numbers from LAL’s 131-102 loss at OKC:

60
Rebounds for Oklahoma City, a season high. The Thunder owned a plus-23 edge on the glass as five different players grabbed at least six boards, led by Serge Ibaka’s 13.

31
Fastbreak points for the Thunder compared to 20 for the Lakers. Oklahoma City came out aggressive early (13 transition points in the first quarter), spurred by Russell Westbrook’s energy and activity.

29
Points apiece for Westbrook and Kevin Durant. The two combined to shoot 17 for 34 from the floor, 6 for 12 on three-pointers and 18 for 20 from the charity stripe, and were continually attacking throughout the night even in their limited minutes (Westbrook: 23, Durant: 30, as he battled foul trouble).

13
Three-pointers made for the Lakers out of 27 attempts, a 48.1 percent clip. Five players made at least two from distance, including three from both Jodie Meeks and Jordan Farmar. In the last eight games, L.A. is shooting 46.7 percent from distance.

7
Blocks for Ibaka (a season high) to go along with 15 points and 13 rebounds. Ibaka was a force on the defensive end, making it difficult for L.A. to get any easy open looks inside the paint on offense.

Lakers-Thunder Postgame Numbers

Oklahoma City Thunder v Los Angeles LakersWe broke down some of the more intriguing numbers from LAL’s 114-110 win against OKC:

42
Points for Jodie Meeks – a career high – on 11 of 18 field goals, 6 of 11 three-pointers and 14 of 14 free throws. Meeks also forced Russell Westbrook to a 7 for 23 shooting night and eight turnovers on the defensive end. Below is a shot chart of Meeks’ efficiency from the floor, courtesy of NBA.com/stats.
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19
Offensive rebounds for Oklahoma City compared to just one for the Lakers. The Thunder held a 59-36 edge on the glass and attempted 19 more field goals than the Lakers, but shot just 42.0 percent from the floor.

8
Assists for Ryan Kelly, a career high. Following his 24-point, 11-rebound performance at Denver, Kelly was reinserted into the starting lineup, and scored 12 points and grabbed five rebounds.

4
Free throws missed by Kevin Durant (7 for 11) and a total of seven missed for Oklahoma City. The Thunder came into the game ranked second in the NBA in free-throw percentage (80.5), but made just 14 of 21 overall (66.7 percent).

3
Field goals for Kent Bazemore in the final two minutes of regulation to help stave off Oklahoma City’s late rally. With Kelly starting at the four and Wesley Johnson at the three, Bazemore came off the bench and recorded 11 points and seven rebounds off the bench in 20 minutes.