Postgame Numbers: Lakers vs. Bucks (2/27/15)

Here is a by-the-numbers look at the Lakers’ 101-93 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks.

Points scored by Wayne Ellington through three quarters. The first-year Laker had missed all six of his shots entering the final frame, but then he erupted for 14 points on 6-for-7 shooting. Ellington also had a solid night with the rest of his game, tallying six rebounds and tying his career-high with five assists.

Wayne Ellington Shot Chart (Fourth Quarter)
Wayne Ellington Shot Chart (Fourth Quarter)

“I’m a confident player at the end of the day,” Ellington said. “But at the same time, my teammates got me going. Jeremy (Lin) found me a few times, and it just got me going from there. We have to shoot the ball. When you find a rhythm, you get going and it’s on.”

Lakers who scored in double figures. In addition to Ellington, Jordan Clarkson (16), Jordan Hill (14), Jeremy Lin (14), Robert Sacre (12) and Carlos Boozer (10) each pitched in at least 10 points, combining to shoot 32-for-65 (49.2 percent) from the field. Hill and Lin were especially key in supplementing Ellington’s fourth quarter, scoring eight and seven points, respectively.

Milwaukee’s lead heading entering the fourth quarter. The Bucks struck again to open the frame, pushing their lead to a game-high 11 points. But from there, it was the Lakers’ quarter, as they immediately went on an 18-5 run to take an 83-81 lead halfway through the last period. L.A. used hot shooting to keep the visitors at bay, going 14-for-23 (60.9 percent) to outscore Milwaukee 36-21 in the fourth.

“We’ve been really rallying together,” Ellington said. “I think it is coming together as a group. We’re not worrying about ourselves individually. We say, ‘Let’s go, let’s go.’ And we’re going to be there to help each other and hold each other accountable. We’re going to dig deep, and I think we dug a little deeper.”

Points scored by Clarkson. Despite not playing in the fourth quarter per coach’s decision, Clarkson managed to lead his team in scoring by shooting 7-for-9 from the field and hitting both attempts from 3-point range. The rookie also finished with five assists and four rebounds — the majority of which came in a blazing first quarter when he collected seven points (3-for-4), four assists and three rebounds.

“He’s playing much better now,” head coach Byron Scott said. “ He’s playing with a better pace. He’s not as frantic out there as he was earlier in the season. He’s reading the defenses better, even though he still has a lot to learn. Defensively, he’s gotten better, and he’s still got a long way to go.”

Percentage shot by the Bucks in the fourth quarter. The Lakers played relentless defense in the final period, limiting Milwaukee to 4-for-19 shooting from the field, including a 1-for-5 mark on triples. Jerryd Bayless and Ersan Ilyasova combined for a solid 4-for-8 clip, but the remainder of the Bucks missed all 11 of their shots.

Bucks Shot Chart (Fourth Quarter)
Bucks Shot Chart (Fourth Quarter)

“I think we got out of character in the sense of just moving the ball,” Bucks head coach Jason Kidd said. “We started taking one-pass shots, which we normally don’t do. So that’s something for us to look at to get better.”