Lakers-Rockets Postgame Numbers

Houston Rockets v Los Angeles LakersWe broke down some of the more intriguing numbers from LAL’s 145-130 loss against Houston:

10,335
Career assists for Steve Nash, placing him third all-time in NBA history. With a feed to Jodie Meeks for a dunk in transition, Nash moved past Mark Jackson (10,334) on the assists list and now trails only John Stockton (15,086) and Jason Kidd (12,091).

38
Fastbreak points for the Lakers, a season high. They are averaging 23.4 fastbreak points per game over the last seven contests, an increase from 14.0 through the first 71 games.

33
Points apiece for Terrence Jones and James Harden. Jones had 23 by halftime to help pace Houston in the first half, while Harden put up 18 of the Rockets 49 in the third quarter when the visitors blew the game open. The two combined to shoot 23 for 33 from the floor (69.7 percent), and Harden also fell one assist shy of his career high.

27
Minutes for Jordan Farmar after missing the previous 11 games because of a strained groin. Farmar posted 15 points, eight assists, five rebounds, three steals and two blocks off the bench. “I feel good,” Farmar said postgame. “No setbacks, nothing to worry about, just disappointed in our performance. But other than that, physically I feel fine.”

6
Three-pointers for Nick Young towards a team-high 32 points in just 23 minutes due to foul trouble. In the last 11 games, Young is shooting 44.7 percent from beyond the arc and averaging 3.5 three-point makes per contest.

Nash Now Third in All-Time Assists

nash_graphicAt the 2:13 mark of the second quarter in L.A.’s game against Houston on April 8, Steve Nash fed Jodie Meeks for a dunk in transition to give him career assist number 10,335, passing Mark Jackson (10,334) and placing him third all-time in NBA history.

He played 13 minutes off the bench, recorded three points, five assists and three rebounds. Nash now trails only John Stockton (15,806) and Jason Kidd (12,091) on the career assists list.



LAL 130, Rockets 145: 4/8 Running Diary

Houston Rockets v Los Angeles LakersBelow is a running diary of L.A.’s home contest against Houston with comments drawn from Mike Trudell’s @LakersReporter Twitter account, to ensure you’re covered from start to finish:

Starters
Lakers: Marshall, Meeks, Johnson, Kelly and Hill
Rockets: Lin, Harden, Parsons, Jones and Asik

FIRST QUARTER



SECOND QUARTER


THIRD QUARTER


Houston Rockets v Los Angeles Lakers
FOURTH QUARTER

R. Kelly Performing R. Kelly

140407_kellyAs part of his rookie duties, Ryan Kelly gave his own rendition of R. Kelly’s “I Believe I Can Fly” at the Lakers Annual Celebrity Golf Invitational and Dinner.


I see you Rook! @ryankelly34

After his basketball career is over, who thinks he can be the next American Idol?

Injury Update: Farmar, Gasol, Kaman and Nash

Phoenix Suns v Los Angeles LakersLakers Injury Report sponsored by UCLA Health SystemHere’s an update on several Lakers who missed Sunday’s game in advance of Tuesday’s matchup with Houston.

Lakers-Clippers Postgame Numbers

Los Angeles Lakers v Los Angeles ClippersWe broke down some of the more intriguing numbers from LAL’s 120-97 loss against LAC:

56.6
Percentage of field goals made by the Clippers as six players finished in double figures. In the third quarter, the home team made 13 of 21 shots (61.9 percent), including 7 of 12 three-pointers, to push their lead out of halftime to 94-72 heading to the final frame.

22
Points for Jordan Hill, to go along with nine boards and two steals. In the last three games with Chris Kaman (calf) and Pau Gasol (vertigo) out, Hill has averaged 18.0 points, 11.3 rebounds and 2.0 blocks on 51.3 percent field goals.

14
Double-doubles for Kendall Marshall this season, after scoring 10 points and dishing out 11 assists. With most of their point guards and playmakers out because of injury, plus Kent Bazemore exiting early, Marshall logged a team-high 43 minutes.

11
Minutes for Bazemore before going down with a foot injury early in the second quarter. X-rays came back negative on his foot, but Bazemore will have an MRI on Monday to determine the severity of it.

4
Three-pointers made for Chris Paul without a miss. Paul finished with 23 points, six assists, four boards and three steals in just 28 minutes. “He is extremely talented,” coach Mike D’Antoni said. “You could argue he’s the best point guard. He’s always made his teams better and he’s shooting the ball better now from two’s and three’s. He’s just a good basketball player.”

LAL 97, Clippers 120: 4/6 Running Diary

Los Angeles Lakers v Los Angeles ClippersBelow is a running diary of LAL’s road contest at LAC with comments drawn from Mike Trudell’s @LakersReporter Twitter account, to ensure you’re covered from start to finish:

Starters
Lakers: Marshall, Meeks, Bazemore, Kelly and Hill
Clippers: Paul, Redick, Barnes, Griffin and Jordan

FIRST QUARTER



Los Angeles Lakers v Los Angeles Clippers
SECOND QUARTER




THIRD QUARTER


Los Angeles Lakers v Los Angeles Clippers
FOURTH QUARTER

Injury Update: Kent Bazemore

Los Angeles Lakers v Los Angeles ClippersLakers Injury Report sponsored by UCLA Health System

Lakers-Mavs Postgame Numbers

Dallas Mavericks v Los Angeles LakersWe broke down some of the more intriguing numbers from LAL’s 107-95 loss against Dallas:

35.0
Percentage of field goals made by the Lakers in the second half, when Dallas outscored L.A. 55-41. The home team made just 2 for 15 from beyond the arc in the third and fourth quarters, too, as they struggled to consistently string together any offensive rhythm.

27
Points for Dirk Nowitzki, which pushed him past Dominique Wilkins for 11th all-time on the NBA’s scoring list. Only one player born outside the United States has more points than Nowitzki (26,678): Hakeem Olajuwon (26,946).

11
Rebounds for Wesley Johnson off the bench, to go along with six points, three steals and two blocks. In the last two games, Johnson is averaging 11.5 boards, after tying his career high with 12 at Sacramento.

10
Made field goals without a miss for Brandan Wright. The North Carolina product dunked the ball seven times and all his makes came within five feet or less, as he finished with a season-high 23 points.

7
Assists for Steve Nash in 19 minutes off the bench. Nash (10,330) now needs five dimes to pass Mark Jackson (10,334) for third all-time in NBA history.

Kareem 30 Years Later

30 years ago today, Lakers legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar faked right before pivoting left and launching his patented skyhook for career point 31,422 and sole possession of the NBA’s all-time scoring title.

At last night’s game against the Dallas Mavericks, Cap was shown on the videoboard and soaked in the applause from the Lakers faithful.

Here’s the full clip from Kareem’s record-setting night.