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Lakers-Nuggets Postgame Numbers

Los Angeles Lakers v Denver NuggetsWe broke down some of the more intriguing numbers from LAL’s 134-126 loss at Denver:

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Points for Kenneth Faried – a career high – to go along with 13 rebounds and three steals. He made 14 of his 20 field goals, with nine of his makes coming from within five feet or less, according to NBA.com/stats.

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Assists for Kendall Marshall, plus eight points and three boards. It was Marshall’s fourth double-digit assist effort in the last five contests and the eighth time he’s dished at least 14 dimes in his career (seven coming in 2014).

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Plus-rating for Robert Sacre, a team high. He tallied eight points and eight rebounds and was part of a bench unit that totaled 68 points and helped give the Lakers a brief lead in the second quarter.

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Rebounds for Ryan Kelly – a career high – in 33 minutes off the bench. Kelly also added 24 points (7 of 14 field goals, 4 of 8 three-pointers, 6 of 6 free throws) for his first career double-double.

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Three-pointers made for Ty Lawson towards 30 points, 17 assists (tied a career high) and four rebounds. Since returning from a rib injury that cost him nine games, Lawson is averaging 27.0 points, 11.7 dimes, 4.7 boards and 2.0 steals on 56.0 percent field goals and 62.5 percent on three’s.

Lakers-Clippers Postgame Numbers

Los Angeles Clippers v Los Angeles LakersWe broke down some of the more intriguing numbers from LAL’s 142-94 loss against the Clippers:

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Point second-quarter for the Clippers on 19 of 30 field goals (63.3 percent). The Lakers, on the other hand, shot just 5 for 20 towards 13 points and turned the ball over five times that led to 10 Clippers points. The visitors used the second frame to essentially blow the game open and score 142 points overall – a season high – as they handed the Lakers their worst loss in franchise history.

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Plus-rating for Matt Barnes, a game high. Barnes recorded a double-double with 17 points and 12 rebounds, to go along with five assists and three steals. In the month of March, he is averaging 19.7 points, 8.0 rebounds, 3.7 assists and 2.0 steals on 61.5 percent field goals and 50.0 percent on three-pointers.

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Rebounds for the Clippers frontline of Barnes, Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan, compared to 33 for the entire Lakers team. The Clippers held a plus-31 edge on the glass overall and a plus-12 advantage on the offensive end (though the shooting percentages played a role in the huge discrepancy).

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Four-point plays for the Lakers this season after Ryan Kelly completed his second of the year midway through the fourth quarter. Kelly finished with nine points and six boards in 21 minutes off the bench.

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Assists for Kent Bazemore, a career high. He was one of three Lakers in double figures, as he scored 14 in a team-high 32 minutes.

Lakers-Pelicans Postgame Numbers

New Orleans Pelicans v Los Angeles LakersWe broke down some of the more intriguing numbers from LAL’s 132-125 loss against New Orleans:

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Paint points for the Lakers, a season high. In five of the last seven games, L.A. has totaled at least 50 points inside. Part of that is due to the uptick in fastbreak points per game during this span, with the Lakers averaging 24.0 points in transition.

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Percentage of field goals made by New Orleans towards 132 points. The Pelicans had five players in double figures, and three (Tyreke Evans, Eric Gordon and Anthony Davis) finished with at least 24.

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Points for Pau Gasol, a season high. The Spaniard added 12 rebounds, plus four assists on 10 for 15 shooting from the floor, and 9 for 14 from the charity stripe. He also moved past Joe Dumars and Jerry Stackhouse into 90th place on the NBA’s all-time scoring list with his performance.

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Double-digit assist efforts in 33 games for Kendall Marshall after dishing out 10 in 22 minutes. For the third straight game, Marshall recorded at least 10 dimes, but was held scoreless for the fourth time in the last five.

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Rebounds for Davis, to go along with a team-high 28 points and three assists. Davis started hot scoring 15 of his points in the opening quarter after two subpar performances in which he totaled just 21 points and eight boards.

Lakers-Blazers Postgame Numbers

Los Angeles Lakers v Portland Trail BlazersWe broke down some of the more intriguing numbers from LAL’s 107-106 win at Portland:

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Fastbreak points for the Lakers, besting their previous season high of 30 vs. Sacramento on Friday. According to NBA.com/stats, Jodie Meeks scored 13 in transition, while Kent Bazemore added eight to lead L.A. in that category.

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Turnovers forced by the Lakers, including seven in the final quarter. Portland ranked fifth in the league in turnovers per game (13.8), but four players coughed the ball up at least three times.

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Points for Wesley Johnson, including the game-winning bucket with 6.9 seconds left. Johnson chipped in with seven rebounds, four assists, two steals and two blocks in 36 minutes, while guarding LaMarcus Aldridge on defense.

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Plus-rating for Meeks, a team high. He also scored 21 points – his second straight game with at least 20 – and forced Damian Lillard into shooting an airball on the game’s final possession to seal the win for the Lakers.

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Straight free throws made by the Lakers during the second half in a game decided by one point (13 for 15 overall, 85.7 percent). Portland made just 11 of their 19 attempts (57.9 percent), despite coming into the game ranked first in the league in free-throw percentage (82.3).

Inside L.A.’s Record-Setting Night

farmar_recordsFacing 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:
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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:
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“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.

MISC. NOTES
- 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.

Lakers-Kings Postgame Numbers

Sacramento Kings v Los Angeles LakersWe broke down some of the more intriguing numbers from LAL’s 126-122 win against Sacramento:

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Percentage of field goals made by the Lakers towards 126 points, both season highs. L.A. scored 72 in the second half – a season high for a half – with 40 of them coming from Jordan Farmar and MarShon Brooks off the bench.

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Points for Farmar, a career high. He also dished out seven assists and drained a career-high eight three-pointers, while keying L.A.’s comeback in the second half.

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Plus-rating for Ryan Kelly, a team high. With L.A. down 103-96, Kelly’s three-pointer started a 12-2 run that allowed the Lakers to take a 108-105 lead with 8:35 left (they wouldn’t trail the rest of the way). The Duke product also had a key block down the stretch, and finished with at least two swats for the third consecutive game.

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Three-pointers made by the Lakers, a franchise record. L.A. converted at a 77.8 percent clip (14 of 18) in the second half and 70.6 percent overall (19 of 27). Farmar led the way with eight makes; Jodie Meeks and Brooks both made all three of their attempts; and Kent Bazemore and Wesley Johnson drilled two each.

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Field-goal makes for Meeks without a miss towards 22 points. In six games since the All-Star break, he is averaging 18.0 points on 54.1 percent field goals.

Lakers-Grizzlies Postgame Numbers

Los Angeles Lakers v Memphis GrizzliesWe broke down some of the more intriguing numbers from LAL’s 108-103 loss at Memphis:

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Percentage of field goals made by Memphis in the second half. L.A. cut what was once a 22-point deficit midway through the third to nine points heading to the fourth. The Lakers were within five down the stretch, but timely shots and free throws from the Grizzlies held off the late rally.

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Second-chance points for Memphis, a byproduct of 13 offensive rebounds. The Grizzlies big men – Zach Randolph, Marc Gasol, Kosta Koufos – combined for 24 total boards, including 10 on the offensive glass.

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Three-pointers for the Lakers out of 32 attempts, a 53.6 percent mark. In the second half, L.A. was 10 for 16, including 7 for 11 in the final quarter. Jordan Farmar and Wesley Johnson drilled four apiece, Kent Bazemore, Jodie Meeks and MarShon Brooks made two and Ryan Kelly one.

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Blocks for Johnson despite giving up six inches and 50 pounds guarding Gasol. He also finished with 18 points and five boards, and opened the floor up on the offensive end making 7 of his 14 shots (4 of 8 on three’s).

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Points for Kendall Marshall, his second straight start he was held scoreless. Marshall dished out eight assists, but since Bazemore and Brooks have suited up, the North Carolina product has yet to crack double-digit points or dimes.

Lakers-Pacers Postgame Numbers

Los Angeles Lakers v Indiana PacersWe broke down some of the more intriguing numbers from LAL’s 118-98 loss at Indiana:

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Rebounds for Indiana, including 21 on the offensive end. The Pacers, who owned a size advantage at every starting position, held a plus-20 edge on the glass and a plus-11 in second-chance points. Six different players grabbed at least six boards for the home team, including four of five starters.

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Third-quarter points for Indiana (12 of 24 field goals) compared to just 16 for the Lakers (6 of 18 field goals, seven turnovers). As such, the Pacers turned a three-point halftime lead into a 21-point margin going into the fourth quarter. “They turned up their intensity,” Kent Bazemore said. “They are the best defensive team in the NBA and they made it tough for us and we couldn’t bounce back.”

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Points for Bazemore, a new career high. He also added four boards, three assists and three steals, and showed his ability to get to the rim (eight free-throw attempts). In three games with the Lakers, the Old Dominion product is averaging 18.3 points, 2.7 assists, 2.3 rebounds and 2.3 steals on 45.2 percent field goals.

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Blocked shots for the Lakers, including seven in the second quarter. The interior defense in the second frame allowed L.A. to keep the game close (three-point halftime deficit). Pau Gasol registered four swats, while Chris Kaman and Ryan Kelly had two apiece off the pine.

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Minutes for Nick Young, who is expected to miss the two games on the road trip because of knee soreness. Young returned vs. Brooklyn on Sunday after a six-game absence with a displaced fracture of the patella/bone bruise and scored 10 points in 20 minutes off the bench.

Lakers-Nets Postgame Numbers

Brooklyn Nets v Los Angeles LakersWe broke down some of the more intriguing numbers from LAL’s 108-102 loss against Brooklyn:

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First-half points for Brooklyn on 57.9 percent field goals. Coming into the game, the Nets ranked 22nd in the league in points per game (97.2), but they started hot from the floor and raced out to a 19-point lead at one point. “We let them get in charge too comfortably,” Pau Gasol said. “And (our) transition defense did not have enough communication in that guys were getting wide-open shots.”

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Minutes for Nick Young in his first game action since Feb. 5 at Cleveland. Young nailed his first jumper upon his return and finished with 10 points.

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Different Laker players have started a game this year. Newly acquired Kent Bazemore made his first career start and posted a new career high with 17 points, two nights after scoring 15 in his debut vs. Boston.

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Missed free throws for the Lakers, including five in the fourth quarter. Each player that went to the charity stripe – Bazemore, Gasol, Jodie Meeks, Jordan Hill, Nick Young and Chris Kaman – missed at least one.

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Steals for Deron Williams, a career high. He poured in 30 points, to go along with seven assists and five rebounds. Williams, along with Paul Pierce (25 points, seven boards, four dimes), carried Brooklyn all game to help snap an 11-game losing skid against L.A.

Lakers-Celtics Postgame Numbers

Boston Celtics v Los Angeles LakersWe broke down some of the more intriguing numbers from LAL’s 101-92 win against Boston:

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Bench points for the Lakers, with 38 of them coming in the fourth quarter from a unit of Jordan Farmar, Kent Bazemore, MarShon Brooks, Jordan Hill and Chris Kaman. L.A.’s reserves erased a double-digit lead at the start of the final frame with a 15-5 run and led the remainder of the game. That lineup shot 16 of 23 from the floor (69.6 percent), while holding the Celtics to 8 of 24 field goals (33.3 percent).

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Minutes for Pau Gasol in his return from a strained groin. The Spaniard recorded 16 points, seven rebounds, three assists and two blocks. Postgame, he acknowledged he felt fine. “The main thing that I wanted to accomplish was to get through the game without any soreness or discomfort in the groin and I did that,” Gasol said. “So I’m glad I was able to be out there again and be effective.”

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Plus-rating for Brooks, a team high. Acquired from Golden State on Wednesday, Brooks scored a season-high 14 points and added three steals. He opened the fourth quarter with six straight points to key L.A.’s rally and had 10 overall in the final 12 minutes.

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Points for Bazemore in his Laker debut, a career high. He also added four assists, three boards and two steals, and was part of the bench unit in the fourth that helped erase an 11-point deficit at the start of the quarter.

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Wins for Boston against Western Conference opponents this season out of 11 games. The Lakers also snapped an eight-game home losing streak, as their last victory came on Jan. 3 against the Utah Jazz.