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Lakers-Magic Postgame Numbers

Los Angeles Lakers v Orlando MagicWe broke down some of the more intriguing numbers from LAL’s 114-105 loss at Orlando:

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Third-quarter points for Orlando as they turned a 55-53 halftime deficit into a 91-80 lead heading to the fourth. The Magic made 12 of 20 field goals in the third, including 4 of 6 from distance, while converting all 10 of their free throws.

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Rebounds for Tobias Harris (a career high) to go along with 28 points (a season high). Harris had his way all game long on offense and controlled the defensive glass as he recorded his second straight double-double.

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Second-chance points for Orlando, compared to just two for the Lakers. The Magic held a plus-11 advantage on the glass, with Harris (20) and Victor Oladipo (12) both recording career highs in rebounds.

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Dimes for Kendall Marshall, his ninth double-digit assist performance in 12 January games. Marshall also scored 19 points and made a season-high five triples.

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Consecutive 20-point, 10-rebound double-doubles for Pau Gasol, who finished with 21 points, 11 rebounds, six assists, two steals and two blocks. It was also the seventh straight game Gasol scored at least 20. During that span, the 7-foot Spaniard is averaging 21.9 points, 12.0 rebounds, 3.6 assists and 1.6 blocks on 53.0 percent field goals.

Lakers-Heat Postgame Numbers

Los Angeles Lakers v Miami HeatWe broke down some of the more intriguing numbers from LAL’s 109-102 loss at Miami:

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Percentage of field goals made by Miami, who leads the league in field-goal percentage (50.6). In two contests against the Lakers this season, the Heat is shooting a combined 54.4 percent (86 for 158).

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Points for Chris Bosh, a game high. In the fourth quarter when L.A. threatened on a number of occasions, Bosh scored 10 points and made all five of his field goals. In the last five games – all with Dwyane Wade absent from the lineup – Bosh is averaging 23.6 points on 59.5 percent shooting.

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Dimes for Kendall Marshall, his sixth double-digit assist performance in the last seven games. Marshall now ranks second in the league in assists per game (9.3), trailing only Chris Paul (11.2).

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Straight games of at least 20 points for Pau Gasol, who recorded 22 points, 11 rebounds, four assists and three steals. During that stretch, Gasol is averaging 22.0 points, 12.2 rebounds, 3.2 assists, 1.5 blocks and 1.2 steals, while shooting 54.1 percent from the floor.

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Missed field goal for Miami in the final 9:45 of the game. The Lakers cut the deficit to four points multiple times down the stretch, but each time, the Heat responded. Miami shot 10 of 14 from the floor in the final frame, with Bosh and LeBron James combining to go 7 for 8.

Lakers-Bulls Postgame Numbers

Los Angeles Lakers v Chicago BullsWe broke down some of the more intriguing numbers from LAL’s 102-100 overtime loss at Chicago:

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Field-goal attempts for Chicago, although they shot just 38.2 percent from the floor. The Bulls generated 19 more shot attempts than the Lakers in large part due to their 19 offensive rebounds (compared to nine for L.A.) and 22 forced turnovers.

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Points for Nick Young off the bench, the first Lakers player to reach at least 30 this season. He hit three clutch free throws to send the contest into overtime, and sank the game-tying jumper before Taj Gibson’s buzzer-beating layup. In the last four games, Young is averaging 24.3 points while shooting 48.3 percent from the floor and 54.5 percent from the three-point line.

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Rebounds for Pau Gasol, a season high. Gasol also blocked a season-high five shots and scored 20 points, his fifth straight game with at least that amount. In the last five, Gasol is averaging 22.0 points, 12.4 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 1.8 blocks on 53.0 percent field goals.

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Plus-rating for Joakim Noah, who finished with 17 points, a season-high 21 rebounds, six assists and two steals. It was his 13th straight game with double-digit rebounds, the longest streak of his career.

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Three-pointers for D.J. Augustin off the bench towards a season-high 27 points (20 in the fourth and overtime). He played the entire fourth quarter and all five minutes of overtime after starter Kirk Hinrich exited with a hamstring injury. Augustin was key late, making the last of his three-pointers, plus the go-ahead driving layup before Young’s game-tying baseline jumper and Gibson’s eventual game-winner.

Lakers-Raptors Postgame Numbers

Los Angeles Lakers v Toronto RaptorsWe broke down some of the more intriguing numbers from LAL’s 112-106 win at Toronto:

40.4
Percentage of field goals made in the second half for Toronto after shooting 58.1 percent in the first two quarters. The Lakers also forced the Raptors leading scorer, DeMar DeRozan, into a 3 for 13 performance in the second half after a 7 for 11 first half.

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Minutes for Ryan Kelly in his first career start. Kelly scored 17 points, including seven in the fourth quarter off a leaning bank shot, 19-foot jumper and three free throws. In the last three games, Kelly is averaging 15.3 points and 5.3 rebounds on 53.8 percent field goals and 40.0 percent on three-pointers.

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Points for Nick Young, 15 of them coming in the fourth quarter to help seal L.A.’s second straight win. Young returned from a one-game suspension and was efficient from the floor, making 7 of 13 field goals (5 of 7 three-pointers) and 10 of 11 free throws.

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Three-pointers made for the Lakers out of 22 attempts, a 54.5 percent clip. L.A. trailed by as much as 19 points in the second quarter, but the three-point shot allowed them to slowly cut the deficit. In the last two games, they are shooting 24 of 42 from beyond the arc (57.1 percent).

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Straight double-doubles for Kendall Marshall, as he finished with 11 points and 10 dimes. He joins Chris Paul and Ty Lawson as the only players in the NBA this season to record at least five consecutive games of double-digit points and assists.

Manny Harris Makes Lakers Debut

Los Angeles Lakers v Boston CelticsCalled up from the NBA D-League’s Los Angeles D-Fenders just 24 hours earlier, Manny Harris made his debut in Lakers purple and gold on Friday night in Boston, chipping in towards a 107-104 road victory that snapped a six-game losing streak for the Lakers.

Harris saw nearly 23 minutes of action, hitting 2 of 7 field goals (1 of 2 three pointers and 2 of 2 free throws) plus three rebounds and an assist, while competing to coach Mike D’Antoni’s liking on defense.

The 24-year-old, 6-5 guard had been lighting up the D-League for L.A.’s own affiliate, averaging 30.6 points per game with 6.5 boards, 3.7 assists and 2.1 steals per night, when he received the call up on a 10-day contract from Lakers GM Mitch Kupchak.

Harris spent the 2013 preseason with the Orlando Magic. After not making the final roster, he was planning on heading to the D-League’s Canton Charge, the affiliate of the Cavs, for whom he’d played 80 games from 2010-12. Meanwhile, D-Fenders GM Nick Mazzella was working on acquiring Harris’ rights for the D-Fenders, and after consulting Lakers assistant GM Glenn Carraro, reached a deal to acquire Harris in exchange for a second round draft pick.

Harris exploded onto the D-Fenders scene, dropping 41 points in his first game, a win over Santa Cruz, before earning consecutive Performer of the Week accolades.

“We really liked what we had seen from Manny before initiating the process of acquiring him,” said Mazzella. “His ability to get to the basket and finish is his biggest strength, and we think that translates to the NBA level.”

Harris is the third D-Fenders player already this season who’s worked under the coaching staff led by Bob MacKinnon to move on to other professional opportunities, in addition to Malcolm Thomas (San Antonio) and Jamario Moon (Olympiakos of Greece).

CORPERRYALE L’Adorable
There’s certainly nobody else in the world that can lay claim to Manny’s government name: “Corperryale L’Adorable Harris.”

Harris broke it down prior to the game in Boston:

Cor: After his cousin, Corin
Perry: After his uncle, Perry
Ale: Four of Manny’s nine siblings have an “Ale” in their name. Manny is the second-to-youngest of the Detroit clan.

L’Adorable: All 10 Harris siblings have a “L’A” in their name.

Manny: Called Manny for his whole life, Harris says his father, James, claims that it’s after Manny in the movie “Scarface.” But since Manny meets a grizzly end in that film, Harris prefers the story that his mother, Merrick, thought he looked like a man-child when he was a baby.

Lakers-Celtics Postgame Numbers

Los Angeles Lakers v Boston CelticsWe broke down some of the more intriguing numbers from LAL’s 107-104 win at Boston:

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Percentage of three-point field goals made for the Lakers, including an 11 of 15 showing in the second half, and a 7 of 9 effort in the fourth quarter. L.A.’s 11-0 scoring run to close the game was keyed by three consecutive triples coming from Wesley Johnson, Jodie Meeks and Kendall Marshall. Below is a shot chart of their efficiency from beyond the arc in the second half, courtesy of NBA.com/stats.
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Points off the bench for Ryan Kelly, a career high. He started the second half in place of Jordan Hill and scored 12 points in the fourth, including the final two free throws for the final tally.

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Assists for Kendall Marshall, his fourth straight game with double-digit dimes. Marshall also recorded 19 points (7 of 11 field goals and 4 of 5 from beyond the arc) and hit the go-ahead three-pointer with 1:09 left. In the month of January, the North Carolina product is averaging 12.6 points and 12.1 assists.

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Rebounds for Johnson, a career high. He also scored nine of his 11 points in the second half, including a big three-pointer to jump start L.A.’s 11-0 to end the contest. In the last six games, Johnson is averaging 15.2 points on 45.2 percent field goals and 40.0 percent from beyond the arc.

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In the final three-plus minutes, Boston was held scoreless as they missed all seven of their field-goal attempts. Gerald Wallace’s layup was the last bucket for the Celtics as the Lakers held on defense down the stretch to snap their six-game skid.

Lakers-Suns Postgame Numbers

Los Angeles Lakers v Phoenix SunsWe broke down some of the more intriguing numbers from LAL’s 121-114 loss at Phoenix:

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Paint points for Phoenix. Of their 100 field-goal attempts, 44 came from within five feet or less, as the Suns continuously got out in transition (37 fastbreak points) or broke down the Lakers defense for easy buckets.

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Minutes for Wesley Johnson, a team high. Johnson finished with 22 points on 7 of 14 field goals, his fifth straight game in double figures. During that stretch, he is averaging 16.0 points on 46.2 percent field goals and 36.0 percent on three-pointers.

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Points for Gerald Green, a season high. He scored 16 of the Suns 34 points in the third quarter, as they turned a 58-54 halftime deficit into an 88-82 lead entering the fourth. In the previous two games, Green had shot just 7 of 33 from the floor overall and 1 of 14 from the three-point line, but against L.A., he made 12 of 18 field goals, including 2 of 5 from distance.

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Minutes for Nick Young before being ejected in the second quarter. Young went up for a dunk on a breakaway, was fouled hard by Phoenix rookie Alex Len, and after an official review, the referees deemed Young had thrown a punch in the aftermath. For just the sixth time this season, the USC product did not reach double figures, as he finished with nine points.

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Straight games the Lakers have allowed at least 110 points, and three straight in which they have conceded 120-plus. With the win, Phoenix has now won 16 straight at home and 23 of their last 24 when scoring at least 110.

Lakers-Cavs Postgame Numbers

Cleveland Cavaliers v Los Angeles ClippersWe broke down some of the more intriguing numbers from LAL’s 120-118 loss against Cleveland:

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Percentage of three-point field goals made by the Cavs, an NBA best in a single game from beyond the arc this season. They hit their first five triples in the third, three coming from Luol Deng in the first two minutes of the quarter. Cleveland came into the game ranked 20th in three-point makes per game (7.2), but made 13 of 17 overall.

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Points for Nick Young – a season high – in 33 minutes off the bench. Young also tied a career high with six assists, and made all 10 of his free-throw attempts. With 16.5 seconds left and the Lakers down 119-116, Young’s potential game-tying three-pointer was off the mark, though, and Tristan Thompson split a pair of free throws that canceled out Pau Gasol’s put-back layup at the buzzer.

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Fastbreak points for the Lakers, though just two came after halftime. L.A. had 11 points in transition in the second quarter when they put up 40 points on 76.5 percent shooting from the floor, and assisted on 12 of their 13 made field goals.

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Offensive rebounds for the Cavs that led to 19 second-chance points. Cleveland owned a plus-13 edge on the boards overall (48-35), and outrebounded L.A. 30-17 in the second half. It was the fifth time in the last seven games the Cavs have held at least a plus-10 margin in that category.

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Double-doubles for Kendall Marshall in six games as a starter, including a 10-point, 16-assist effort on the night. In three home starts, Marshall is averaging 13.0 points and 16.0 assists.

Lakers-Clippers Postgame Numbers

Los Angeles Lakers v Los Angeles ClippersWe broke down some of the more intriguing numbers from LAL’s 123-87 loss at LAC:

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Lakers turnovers the Clippers turned into 37 points. On the most recent two-game road trip in Texas, they averaged 19.0 per game. In the opening quarter, the Lakers gave up the ball nine times that led to 18 Clippers points, as the home team jumped out to a 43-25 lead. “We played right into their hands and turned the ball over too many times,” Pau Gasol said. “They’re a team that gets out in transition and they’re very effective that way.”

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Points for J.J. Redick in his first game action since Nov. 29 (wrist). The Duke product scored eight of the team’s first 12 points, and had 10 in the first quarter to help pace the Clippers to a fast start.

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Assists for Kendall Marshall, to go along with 16 points – his second double-double as a Laker. Marshall bounced back from a 2 of 13 shooting performance at Houston and converted on 6 of 11 field goals, including 3 of 4 on three-pointers.

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Third-quarter points for the Lakers – a season low for any quarter this season. In the first 12 minutes out of halftime, the Lakers shot just 2 of 20 from the floor, and were outscored 31-8. The Clippers led 101-60 after the third and pushed the lead to as many as 43 in the fourth.

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Missed field goals for Blake Griffin, although more than half his field-goal attempts (eight) came from within eight feet or less. Griffin had 18 in the opening frame on 6 of 8 field goals and 6 of 7 free throws, and along with Redick, keyed the hot start for the Clippers.

Lakers-Rockets Postgame Numbers

Los Angeles Lakers v Houston RocketsWe broke down some of the more intriguing numbers from LAL’s 113-99 loss at Houston:

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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.

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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.

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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).

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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.

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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.