Let that sink in for just a moment.
The Lakers have lost a fiftieth time in 75 games. 25-50 is their record as of today – how utterly depressing is that?
Not even the Sacramento Kings, with the seventh worst record in the league (right above the Lakers) don’t have 50 losses yet, and they avoided another one by avoiding a series sweep and winning 107-102.
Jordan Hill – Hill didn’t shoot at a high clip tonight (just 5-15 from the field), but he still managed 18 points by hitting 8-10 free throws. Add to that 15 rebounds and four blocks and he’s got another double-double.
Jodie Meeks – Continuing his season-long of production, Meeks put in 21 points on 8-15 tonight. He only converted 2-6 from downtown, but he found other spots from which to score.
Ball Movement – The Lakers handed out 26 assists on 37 made field goals, compared to Sacramento’s 16 dimes in 42 shot attempts. They really did a good job of moving the ball, committing just 10 turnovers for the game, but they missed so many shots, only hitting 37 of their 96 attempts. Kendall Marshall led the game with his 10 assists.
Fast Break Points – 32-11 – the Lakers were on the run tonight; off to the races when the opportunity arose. In one sequence, the Kings turned the ball over, Marshall heaved it down the court to Wesley Johnson, who passed it on to a streaking Ryan Kelly, who finished with a dunk.
Threeball – The Lakers hit 12 of their 28 attempts to score from downtown, led by Nick Young’s 4-8.
Rebounds – 52-47 advantage on the glass,
Offense – The Lakers’ best shooting percentage came in the third when they went 46% from the field. In the first, send and fourth quarters, however, they went 38%, 33% and 39%.
Late-Game Error – With under a minute left in the game and down by just three points, the Lakers gained possession after a missed jumper by Travis Outlaw. They had an entire possession to tie or cut the lead. Kent Bazemore, having just checked into the game (probably for defensive purposes), immediately sent a floating layup flying to the hoop and missed. Demarcus Cousins got the rebound, passed it on to Ray McCallum, who was fouled. Game over.
The Kings avoided getting swept by the Lakers, and the have only seven more games left in this long, disappointing season.