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Postgame Numbers: Lakers vs. Warriors (12/23/14)
Here is a by-the-numbers look at the Lakers’ 115-105 win over the Golden State Warriors.
Fast-break points for Golden State in the first half. The Warriors entered the game averaging a league-high 19.5 transition points per game, but the Lakers held them scoreless in that department through two quarters. In fact, Golden State only had one fast-break attempt in the first half. It was not until the fourth quarter that the Warriors broke through to score six of their 11 transition points.
Lakers who finished in double figures. With Kobe Bryant given the night off, Carlos Boozer led L.A. with 18 points, while finishing one rebound shy of a double-double. Ronnie Price’s 17 points were one away from his career-high, and he also recorded eight assists and three steals. Ed Davis connected on all seven of his shots to end with 14 points, while Nick Young (15), Wesley Johnson (14), Wayne Ellington (12) and Jeremy Lin (11) all surpassed 10 points.
“We always step up man, no matter who is in the lineup,” Boozer said. “We’ve played games that guys have missed, and guys step up. Tonight was no different. Without Kobe, I thought everyone did a great job. You can’t replace a guy like Kobe, obviously. But I thought collectively we did a great job helping each other out down on both sides of the ball.”
The Lakers’ largest lead of the season, which they reached 24 seconds into the fourth quarter. The two-dozen point cushion was a result of a 14-3 run that L.A. started with 4:28 remaining in the third period. During this stretch, Price led the way by nailing both of his 3-point attempts. Meanwhile, the Lakers combined to shoot 6-for-11, while holding Golden State to a 1-for-6 clip.
“(The Lakers) made some great individual plays, but I think we might have let them get too comfortable in the first quarter where they got their rhythm,” Stephen Curry said. “We never left our imprint on the game like we needed to. We got in a situation where we had to rely on a comeback. And we got to 10 in the third quarter, and at that point we’re at their mercy if they’re hitting tough shots.”
Percentage shot by the Lakers, which made them the first team in 26 games that the Warriors couldn’t hold below 50 percent. L.A. went 46-for-89 against the team that entered with the league’s best defensive percentage (41.8). On the other end, the Lakers limited Golden State, which averages an NBA-best 48.2 shooting percentage, to 46.4 percent (39-for-84).
Lakers Shot Chart
Passes made by the Lakers, 60 more than the Warriors. This led to L.A. tying their season-high with 26 assists, while also adding 12 secondary assists*. The Lakers point guards were able to distribute efficiently, as Price had eight assists and three secondary assists, while Lin tallied five assists, two secondary assists and one free throw assist**.
*Secondary assists are passes that lead directly to an assist for the receiving player.
**Free throw assists are passes that lead directly to a player drawing a foul and shooting free throws.
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