We broke down some of the more intriguing numbers from LAL’s 134-108 loss against Houston:
Three-pointers made between the two teams, with the Lakers converting 14 of 27 (51.9 percent) and the Rockets draining 18 of 35 (51.4 percent). Each player in the starting lineup (outside centers for both teams) made at least one, while 10 different players drilled two on the evening.
Different starting lineups the Lakers have used through 54 games. Kendall Marshall, Jodie Meeks, Wesley Johnson, Ryan Kelly and Chris Kaman was the team’s seventh different starting unit in the last eight games.
Second-chance points for Houston, compared to just four for L.A. In total, the Rockets outrebounded the Lakers 56-32 and held a 19-3 advantage on the offensive glass.
Points for Johnson on 9 of 13 field goals and 4 of 6 three-pointers. It was Johnson’s sixth double-digit scoring effort in seven February games. During this stretch, he is averaging 16.6 points, 5.4 rebounds, 1.3 steals and 1.1 blocks, while shooting 52.2 percent from the floor overall and 52.0 percent from beyond the arc.
Double-doubles for Marshall in 26 contests. Marshall recorded 20 points and 16 assists in a team-high 43 minutes, his seventh game with at least 14 dimes (ties Chris Paul for most such games this season).
We broke down some of the more intriguing numbers from LAL’s 107-103 loss against OKC:
Games missed due to injury/illness for the Lakers before the All-Star break, a league high. With only eight available players against OKC, every starter logged at least 35 minutes, and two – Wesley Johnson and Kendall Marshall – played 42 or more.
Points for the NBA’s leading scorer Kevin Durant, 19 of which came in the fourth quarter. Tied at 87 with 6:47 left, Durant scored 14 of the last 20 Thunder points. He also recorded 12 rebounds, seven assists and three steals.
Assists for Marshall, which tied a career high. Marshall also scored 14 points for his 11th double-double this season, to go along with a career-high seven rebounds. He logged a team-high 44 minutes with no other guards available other than Steve Blake, who started at shooting guard.
Turnovers for the Lakers in the fourth quarter – 23 overall – that led to 12 Oklahoma City points (26 for the game). The Thunder turned up the defensive pressure in the final 12 minutes, forcing L.A. into 6 of 17 shooting (35.3 percent), including 2 of 10 on three-pointers.
Missed free throws for the Lakers in the fourth quarter, including key misses from Chris Kaman and Blake – one apiece – in the final 22.5 seconds. OKC made 21 of 24 free throws overall (87.5 percent), while the Lakers were 13 of 22 (59.1 percent).
We broke down some of the more intriguing numbers from LAL’s 96-79 loss against Utah:
Different starting lineups used for the Lakers this season in their 52nd game. This was also their fourth different starting unit in the last five, as coach Mike D’Antoni elected to use Shawne Williams and Chris Kaman up front, which moved Ryan Kelly and Robert Sacre to the bench.
Rebounds for Kaman, to go along with 25 points, four assists and three blocks. Over the last three games, the 7-footer is averaging 23.0 points, 10.7 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 2.7 blocks on 50.8 percent field goals.
Second-quarter points for the Lakers, a season low for any quarter this year. L.A. shot just 4 of 18 from the floor, while Utah put up 32 points on 14 of 28 field goals. With only three guards available (before Steve Nash exited), the Lakers struggled to generate any rhythm on the offensive side of the ball.
Consecutive three-pointers made to open the game for the Lakers. After falling behind 7-0, the Lakers went on a 12-4 run to take the lead, and led by as much as 15 in the first quarter.
Second-half minutes for Steve Nash. For the second straight contest, Nash exited early because of nerve root irritation. He recorded two points, two assists and one rebound in 17 minutes.
We broke down some of the more intriguing numbers from LAL’s 92-86 loss against Chicago:
Percentage of field goals made by Chicago in the second half towards 40 points, after scoring 34 in the opening quarter on 58.3 percent shooting from the floor. For the second straight game, the Lakers held an opponent under the century mark. But on offense, L.A. tied for its fourth-lowest season point total.
Points for Chris Kaman – a season high – in 28 minutes off the bench. Kaman also grabbed 10 rebounds for his third double-double of the year. In the last four games, he is averaging 16.5 points, 6.0 rebounds and 1.5 blocks on 56.0 percent field goals.
Minutes for Steve Nash before exiting for good with five minutes in the third quarter with nerve irritation. Postgame, Nash remained optimistic this wouldn’t be a long-term issue, and he hopes to be ready for Tuesday’s game vs. Utah.
Free throws made for Chicago, out of 17 attempts. Joakim Noah converted 8 of 8, D.J. Augustin 5 of 5 – including 4 of 4 down the stretch to seal the win for the Bulls – and Taj Gibson 4 of 4.
Three-pointers made without a miss for Kendall Marshall towards 13 points, to go along with 11 assists. Marshall now ranks first in the league in three-point field-goal percentage at 49.4 percent.
We broke down some of the more intriguing numbers from LAL’s 112-98 win at Philly:
Assists on 45 made field goals for the Lakers. Kendall Marshall recorded 10 dimes off the bench in 20 minutes, his 12th double-digit assist outing this year. L.A.’s starting backcourt of Steve Nash and Steve Blake combined for 13 helpers to just two turnovers.
Percentage of field goals made by Philly in the second half towards 34 points, including just 13 in the fourth quarter. L.A.’s defense held the Sixers to just eight paint points in the last two quarters (34 in the first half) and forced 15 turnovers. For the first time in 16 games, the Lakers held an opponent under 100 points.
Points for Nash on his 40th birthday, a team high. He also chipped in with five assists and four rebounds in 28 minutes. “At this point, I don’t take anything for granted,” Nash said postgame. “It’s a mental and emotional ride for me to get ready to play every day, and hope my body obliges. So I’m just thrilled I could move out there without restriction and help my teammates.”
Steals for Wesley Johnson – a season high – to go along with 17 points, three boards and three blocks. In the last three games, Johnson is averaging 17.3 points, 7.0 rebounds, 2.3 blocks and 1.7 steals, while shooting 47.7 percent from the floor and 58.3 percent from beyond the arc.
Three-pointers for Blake towards 14 points. Despite being a game-time decision (thigh contusion), Blake also registered eight assists (to zero turnovers) and five rebounds in 36 minutes. Since returning from his elbow injury, Blake is averaging 8.3 points, 9.7 assists, 6.3 rebounds and 2.7 steals.
We broke down some of the more intriguing numbers from LAL’s 119-108 win at Cleveland:
Second-chance points for Cleveland, as they held a plus-20 advantage in that category. With L.A. short on big men, the Cavs grabbed 57 rebounds (compared to 40 for the Lakers), 27 of which came on the offensive glass.
Points for rookie Ryan Kelly, a career high. Since the Lakers were depleted in the frontcourt (Chris Kaman and *Robert Sacre both fouled out, and Jordan Hill did not dress), Kelly played the entire second and shifted to center at certain points during the game.
Three-pointers made for the Lakers, a franchise record for a regulation game (L.A. drained 19 in an overtime loss vs. Washington in 2006). With their injured point guards returning the last two games, L.A. has made 28 of 58 (48.3 percent) from beyond the arc.
*Sacre played the remaining 3:31 with six fouls because the Lakers had no more available players (Kaman had fouled out, Jordan Farmar was nursing a cramp in his calf, Nick Young was out with a knee injury). Any subsequent fouls would have resulted in a technical foul.
Career triple-doubles for Steve Blake, as he registered 11 points, 15 assists and 10 rebounds. Blake also drained two key triples down the stretch to help L.A. hold off Cleveland’s late rally.
We broke down some of the more intriguing numbers from LAL’s 109-99 loss at Minnesota:
Bench points for the Lakers, led by Nick Young’s 24. Manny Harris (19 points, eight rebounds) and Wesley Johnson (15 and nine) also had big games off the bench to help lead the second unit. This tied for the second-highest season total from the reserves (also occurred at Dallas on Nov. 5), behind the 76-point effort in the season opener against the Clippers.
Minutes for Steve Blake in his return from a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow. Blake wore a protective sleeve and missed his only two field-goal attempts, but notched six dimes and three steals. He ruptured his right eardrum in the first half after getting an elbow from a Minnesota player, but remained in the game.
Free-throw attempts for Kevin Love, his second straight contest with at least that amount (tied a season high). Love made 13 of his free throws and registered his fourth straight double-double with 31 points and 17 rebounds.
Assists for Steve Nash in his first game action since Nov. 10 vs. Minnesota at home. Nash drained his first bucket of the game and also finished with seven points. Postgame, he acknowledged it felt great to just get back on the court again.
Games missed from Meeks and Jordan Hill coming into the game, although the two exited early in the first quarter after suffering respective injuries. Meeks (ankle) came down awkwardly on Corey Brewer’s foot after attempting a jump shot, while Hill (cervical strain and headache) was inadvertently elbowed by teammate Chris Kaman. After the game, Coach Mike D’Antoni stated Meeks will miss the remaining two games of the road trip, while Hill’s status at Cleveland is uncertain.
We broke down some of the more intriguing numbers from LAL’s 110-100 loss against Charlotte:
Percentage of field goals made by Charlotte towards 110 points. They scored 64 paint points, with 32 of their 46 made shots coming inside, and improved to 5-0 when shooting at least 50 percent from the floor.
Points for Al Jefferson, matching his career high. Jefferson also grabbed 18 boards and had four assists, plus three steals. He recorded his third straight double-double and third consecutive game with at least 30 points.
Straight games in which the Lakers have allowed 100-plus points. This matches the club’s longest such streak since a 17-game stretch during the 1986-87 year.
Assists for Ramon Sessions, who started his fifth straight game in place of Kemba Walker (ankle). The 13 dimes was a season high from Sessions, and the second time in the last three games he’s reached double-digit assists.
Triples for Jodie Meeks, his sixth straight game with at least multiple three-pointers made. During that stretch, Meeks is averaging 19.8 points on 48.1 percent field goals and 48.8 percent from the three-point line.
We broke down some of the more intriguing numbers from LAL’s 104-92 loss against Indiana:
Rebounds for Indiana, who held a plus-13 advantage on the glass (63-50) and a plus-10 edge on the offensive boards (17-7). Seven different players grabbed at least six boards, including a season-high 14 coming from Lance Stephenson. The Pacers also had 20 second-chance points compared to just 12 for the Lakers.
Straight games in which Kendall Marshall has made at least one three-pointer. Marshall now qualifies among the league leaders and ranks first in three-point field goal percentage (47.3). He also registered his eighth double-double with 11 points and 13 dimes.
Percentage of field goals made for the Lakers in the second half, after shooting 48.9 percent in the first two quarters. Tied 49 apiece at halftime, Indiana held L.A. to a combined 15 of 49 field goals in the third and fourth quarters. As such, the Pacers – a team that ranked first in scoring margin in the second half (+7.7) coming into the game – outscored the Lakers 55-43 after intermission.
Points for Jodie Meeks, the third time in the last four games he’s reached at least 20. Meeks also drained another two triples on the evening, bringing his total to 103 on the year (11th in the NBA). In the last five games, the Kentucky product is shooting 54.8 percent from the three-point line (17 for 31).
Consecutive double-doubles for Pau Gasol, as he finished with 21 points and 13 rebounds. Gasol did not start the second half (groin), but still played through it as he also scored 20-plus points for the ninth straight contest.
We broke down some of the more intriguing numbers from LAL’s 110-103 loss at New York:
Second-chance points for the Knicks, compared to just six for the Lakers. New York, ranked 28th in the league in rebounds per game, owned a plus-10 edge on the glass and a plus-11 advantage on the offensive boards.
Points for Manny Harris – a season high – in 19 minutes off the bench. Harris, who was signed to his second 10-day contract earlier in the day, scored 11 in six fourth-quarter minutes to help keep L.A. within striking distance.
Plus-rating for Raymond Felton (tied with Tyson Chandler for a team high). Felton scored a season-high 20 points on 8 of 10 field goals, to go along with a team-high five assists.
Field goals made for New York inside the paint in the fourth quarter, which accounted for 18 of their 27 points. The Knicks, last in the league in paint points per game (33.5), registered 18 in the final 12 minutes.
Triples made for Jodie Meeks towards a team-high 24 points. Meeks was particularly effective in the third, when he scored 16 on 5 of 5 field goals (4 of 4 on three-pointers). In the last five games, the Kentucky product is shooting 57.1 percent from beyond the arc (16 for 28).