We broke down some of the more intriguing numbers from LAL’s 113-99 loss at Houston:
Second-half points for Houston, as they outscored L.A. 33-15 in the third to turn a 57-52 halftime deficit into an 85-72 lead entering the fourth. James Harden netted 17 of his game-high 38 points in the third, and also finished with four rebounds, four assists and a season-high five steals.
Points for Nick Young off the bench, after a two-point performance at Dallas the previous night. Young had been dealing with a sore back, but suited up and was particularly effective in the first half (6 of 10 field goals) to help pace L.A. to a five-point lead after two quarters.
Free-throw attempts for Dwight Howard, 16 of them coming in the fourth quarter as the Lakers intentionally fouled late in the game. The big man made seven of them, but the Lakers were never able to get the deficit into single digits during that stretch. In two games vs. L.A. this season, Howard is shooting 15 of 40 from the charity stripe (37.5 percent).
Turnovers for the Lakers that led to 26 Rockets points. Seven miscues came in the third quarter, which Houston turned into 10 points; the Rockets also scored 10 of their 27 fastbreak points in the third to swing the game in their favor.
Straight games with at least 20 points for Jodie Meeks (21), who has also been the de facto back up ballhandler (along with Young) when Kendall Marshall rests. In 2014, Meeks is averaging 21.7 points, 4.3 assists, 3.7 rebounds and 2.3 steals.
We broke down some of the more intriguing numbers from LAL’s 110-97 loss at Dallas:
Paint points for Dallas, as they attempted 43 of their 90 field-goal attempts inside. Overall, the Mavs shot 53.5 percent from the floor towards 110 points, as five players finished in double figures.
Turnovers for the Lakers that led to 25 points. L.A. cut the deficit to 89-85 with 8:23 left, but over the next two minutes, they turned the ball over three times and Dallas went on a 10-1 run to put the game out of reach.
Assists for Jodie Meeks, tying a season high. Meeks also scored a team-high 24 points and drained four of L.A.’s 11 three-pointers on the night. In three January game, the Kentucky product is averaging 20.5 points, 3.5 rebounds and 3.5 assists on 48.3 percent shooting.
Straight double-doubles for Pau Gasol, who finished with 15 points, 13 rebounds, five assists and two blocks. Gasol made 4 of his first 5 field goals in the first quarter towards 10 points, but went just 1 of 9 the rest of the way for five points in the final three quarters. In his last three games, the 7-foot Spaniard is averaging 21.0 points, 13.3 rebounds, 6.0 assists and 2.7 blocks.
Points for Nick Young in 19 minutes off the bench. Postgame, however, coach Mike D’Antoni acknowledged Young is dealing with a sore back. Prior to the game, the Lakers ranked second in the league in bench points (44.0), but they combined for just 16 at Dallas.
We broke down some of the more intriguing numbers from LAL’s 137-115 loss against Denver:
Percentage of field goals made for Denver in the second half, as they outscored the Lakers 77-54. The Nuggets made 31 of 51 field goals and 7 of 16 from the three-point line, and recorded 22 fastbreak points (30 total for the game). Denver trailed 61-60 at halftime, but used a 17-4 run towards the end of the third and beginning of the fourth quarter to break the game open. Below is a shot chart of Denver’s efficiency from the floor after halftime, courtesy of NBA.com/stats.
Rebounds for Denver, who held a plus-20 advantage on the glass overall and a plus-eight edge on the offensive end. Kenneth Faried notched his first double-double since Dec. 1 (17 points, 13 rebounds) and Darrell Arthur grabbed a season-high 11 boards.
Plus-rating for Ty Lawson, a game high. Lawson finished with 20 points and 12 assists, his third straight double-double. In the last five games, he is averaging 19.8 points, 10.0 assists, 3.8 rebounds and 1.8 steals.
Assists for Kendall Marshall – a career high – one game after setting his previous career best with 15 on Friday against Utah. Per Elias, the 32 dimes is the most (since at least 1970-71 when starts were recorded) for a Laker in his first two starts with the team (previously Gary Payton with 18 in 2003).
Three-pointers made for the Lakers out of 21 attempts (14.3 percent). Meanwhile, Denver made 12 of 29 from distance (41.4 percent), with five different players draining at least two.
We broke down some of the more intriguing numbers from LAL’s 110-99 win against Utah:
Fastbreak points for the Lakers, a team that ranked 20th in that category prior to the game (11.8). A key reason for the numerous opportunities in transition came via Kendall Marshall. “We got the ball up,” coach Mike D’Antoni said. “We had more fastbreaks probably than in a while because he’ll throw the ball up and he’ll get the wings running again and we’ll get into good habits. If he keeps finding guys, they’ll keep running and it’s kind of all tied in together.”
Plus-rating for Pau Gasol – a team high – as he recorded 23 points, 17 rebounds, eight assists and three blocks. Postgame, Gasol acknowledged he felt much better health-wise after missing three of the last six games with an upper respiratory infection.
Assists for Kendall Marshall – a career high – in his first start as a Laker. Marshall also had a career-high 20 points and six rebounds, and just one turnover in 41 minutes. He became the first Laker to post a 20-point, 15-assist performance since Kobe Bryant did against Washington on Feb. 12, 2002. “I thought he had a great pace to the game,” D’Antoni said of Marshall. “He created rhythm, and offense is about rhythm, and I thought he did a terrific job.”
First-quarter points for Utah, a season low for an opponent this season. The Lakers jumped out to an early 30-12 lead, in large part because their defense helped key the offense. They held the Jazz to 6 of 26 field goals (23.1 percent), and on the offensive end, L.A. shot 11 of 17 (64.7 percent) and had nine assists.
Rebounds for Robert Sacre – a career high – in his third start of the season. D’Antoni elected to insert Sacre into the starting unit over Shawne Williams for defensive purposes. The move paid off as the Lakers set the tone early with their intensity on that end of the floor in leading by as many as 19 points in the first quarter.
We broke down some of the more intriguing numbers from LAL’s 94-79 loss against Milwaukee:
Career points for Pau Gasol, which ranks 17th among active players. With his first bucket in the opening quarter, Gasol passed Pete Maravich (15,948) to become the 100th all-time scoring leader in NBA history.
Percentage of field-goals made for Brandon Knight (15 of 25). He recorded a career high 37 points, to go along with eight rebounds and four steals. He had 18 in the third quarter during a six-minute stretch that pushed Milwaukee’s lead from six to 19.
Minutes for Kendall Marshall, with 19 coming in the second half after Jordan Farmar exited midway through the third with tightness in his left hamstring. Marshall recorded 10 points and seven assists off the bench.
Offensive rebounds for Milwaukee that led to 20 second-chance points. Milwaukee’s front line of Giannis Antetokounmpo, Ersan Ilyasova and Larry Sanders all finished with double-digit boards and each grabbed at least four on the offensive glass. In total, the Bucks held a plus-22 edge in rebounds (51-39).
Scoreless minutes to open the contest for the Lakers before Gasol converted on a mid-range jumper. L.A. missed their first 11 shots and turned the ball over four times in that span while the Bucks scored the game’s first 14 points.
We broke down some of the more intriguing numbers from LAL’s 111-104 loss against Philly:
Paint points for Philly, a team that ranks second in that category (50.6). According to NBA.com/stats, 48 of their 95 field goal attempts came from within five feet or less.
Turnovers for the Lakers that led to 27 Sixers’ points. Philly, who ranks last in the league in turnovers per game (17.9), committed just 10.
Made free throws for Nick Young without a miss. He scored a game high 26 points, and topped the 20-point mark for the fifth time in the last six games. In the month of December, he’s averaging 18.4 points and shooting 40.8 percent from the three-point line.
Different starting lineups in the last seven games for the Lakers. With Chris Kaman dealing with an ankle injury and Pau Gasol out with an upper respiratory illness, coach Mike D’Antoni started Jordan Hill at center for the first time this season. Altogether, it was the team’s 16th different starting unit through 31 games this year.
Minutes for Xavier Henry, before exiting late in the first quarter with a right knee strain. Henry had recorded five straight games of double-digit points and was averaging 13.5 points in the month of December.
We broke down some of the more intriguing numbers from LAL’s 105-103 loss at Utah:
Fastbreak points for Utah, a team that ranked 17th in the league (12.7) in that category prior to the game. The Jazz converted on 9 of 10 field goals in transition and turned 14 Lakers turnovers into 15 points.
Points for Nick Young before fouling out with 5:45 remaining. He scored 13 of the Lakers 29 third-quarter points on 6 of 9 field goals to help keep them close. In four of the last five games, Young has topped the 20-point mark.
Offensive rebounds for Utah, the last one coming off a Derrick Favors putback dunk that turned out to be the game winner. The home team held a plus-six advantage on the glass overall and had 16 second-chance points.
Wins for Utah (out of their nine overall) this season when starting Trey Burke, Gordon Hayward, Richard Jefferson, Marvin Williams and Favors. That unit combined for 79 of the team’s 105 points on 32 of 63 field goals and 8 of 19 on three-pointers.
Missed free throws for the Lakers, as they made just 16 of 23 (69.2 percent). In the last two games, L.A. is shooting 31 of 49 from the charity stripe, a 63.3 percent clip.
We broke down some of the more intriguing numbers from LAL’s 101-95 loss against Miami:
Paint points for Miami. The Heat attempted 35 of their 80 field-goal attempts (they made 28) within five feet or less, according to NBA.com/stats, and they were a perfect 9 of 9 in transition towards 21 fastbreak points.
Minutes for Jordan Farmar in his first game back after suffering a tear in his hamstring. Farmar acknowledged he felt a little rusty postgame, but his contributions showed in his ability to get open looks for his teammates from the three-point line (14 of 36, 38.9 percent) and space the floor to take advantage of Miami’s aggressive defense on the screen and roll.
Points Nick Young is averaging in the last six games. With his 4 of 7 effort from the three-point line against Miami, Young is shooting 19 of 38 from distance during that span, too. Below is a shot chart of his efficiency beyond the arc in the last six contests, courtesy of NBA.com/stats.
Missed free throws for the Lakers, as the team converted on just 15 of 26 from the charity stripe (57.1 percent). Aside from Young hitting both of his free throws, each player who got to the line – Farmar, Pau Gasol, Jodie Meeks, Jordan Hill, Xavier Henry and Ryan Kelly – missed at least one.
Turnovers for the Lakers in the fourth quarter, including three in a six-minute span that allowed Miami to go on a 13-5 run to break an 83-83 tie. Dwyane Wade scored eight down the stretch and was key for Miami throughout, as he posted 23 points, seven assists, six rebounds and three steals.
We broke down some of the more intriguing numbers from LAL’s 117-90 loss at Phoenix:
Rebounds for Phoenix, a season high. The Suns held a plus-23 edge over the Lakers on the glass, as center Miles Plumlee and guard Eric Bledsoe both recorded career highs in rebounds with 20 and 11, respectively.
Free throws attempted for the Lakers, who only made 24 (64.9 percent). Despite Phoenix shooting 17 free throws in the first quarter, L.A. still attempted 12 more than Phoenix for the game. Xavier Henry made 7 of 14, while Jodie Meeks – a career 87.9 shooter from the charity stripe – converted 4 of 7.
Points for Nick Young, his 14th straight game in double figures – one shy of his career-long streak of 15. In 22 games coming off the bench, the USC product is averaging 17.2 points.
Percentage of field goals made for the Lakers in the third quarter on 3 of 16 shooting from the floor (17 points). Phoenix meanwhile put up 26 points (18 inside) in the third to extend their lead to 22 entering the fourth. In the last two third quarters at Golden State and at Phoenix, the Lakers are shooting a combined 6 for 37 (16.2 percent).
Three-pointers made for Phoenix, half of them coming in the second quarter. The Suns bench made 12 of 21 from distance, with Gerald Green (6 of 11, tying a season high) and Marcus Morris (5 of 6, a career high) leading the way.
We broke down some of the more intriguing numbers from LAL’s 102-83 loss at Golden State:
Percentage of field goals made for the Lakers, a season low. With no healthy point guards (outside recently signed Kendall Marshall), L.A. struggled to gain any rhythm on offense, particularly in the third quarter when they shot just 3 for 21 (14.3 percent). For the 11th time, Golden State held an opponent under 40 percent from the floor, which ranks second in the NBA behind the Indiana Pacers.
Rebounds for Andrew Bogut, including nine on the offensive end – both season highs. The 7-footer has now grabbed double digit boards in eight straight games, averaging 14.4 in that span.
Points per game Nick Young is averaging off the bench. For the second straight contest, Young led the team in scoring with 20 points. Though he shot just 5 for 18 from the floor, he did convert on 9 of 12 from the charity stripe.
Different starting lineups the Lakers have used this season. Pau Gasol, the only Laker to have started every contest prior to Golden State, missed his first game of the year because of a upper respiratory infection. Outside of Jordan Farmar, Ryan Kelly and Marshall, each player has started at least one game.
Three-pointers made for the Lakers, a season low. In the month of December, the team is shooting just 31.2 percent from beyond the arc and averaging just 7.3 makes per game. In October and November, those figures were at 41.2 percent and 10.6 makes per contest.