Postgame Numbers: Lakers at Suns (10/29/14)
Here is a by-the-numbers look at the Lakers’ 119-99 loss to the Phoenix Suns:
Shots made by Ed Davis. The first-year Laker went 6-for-10 from the field and narrowly missed a double-double with 14 points and nine rebounds in 33 minutes. In 63 games with Memphis last season, Davis made six or more field goals just seven times.
The Lakers’ deficit after one quarter. L.A. slumped out of the gates, scoring just 19 first-quarter points. Though the Lakers outscored Phoenix in the second period, 31-26, it was not enough against a team that went 34-9 last season when leading after the first quarter.
Three-pointers made by the Suns. Phoenix hit half of their 32 attempts from behind the arc, while the Lakers went just 4-for-13 on 3’s. The Suns were led by Marcus Morris, who tied his career high with five 3-pointers. After the game, Kobe Bryant highlighted the team’s biggest need:
”Either guarding the 3-point shot or shooting more and making more ourselves,” Bryant said. “That’s tough math to overcome when they knock down 16 3’s to our four.”
Points scored by Bryant, who went 11-for-25 from the field. Bryant also drilled all seven of his free throws en route to his highest scoring total since dropping 34 points on April 12, 2013 — the night he tore his Achilles tendon.
“I think it shows that he’s pretty close to where he wants to be,” said head coach Byron Scott. “Tonight, you could see that pep in his step. And I said this before: Every preseason game you could see it getting better and better. And I think it’s getting better and better the first two regular-season games. So Kobe’s the least of my worries.”
Points scored by Phoenix’s point guard trio of Isaiah Thomas, Goran Dragic and Eric Bledsoe. Thomas came off the bench to lead the Suns in scoring with 23 points (9-for-11) in just 20 minutes. Dragic scored 18 points and hit all six of his foul shots, while Bledsoe tallied 16 points and dished out a game-high nine assists.
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