The Lakers actually played very well on offense tonight, but it wasn’t enough to overcome their porous defense.
On offense, the Lakers shot a very respectable 47% from the field, an inspired 54% from beyond the arc (15-28), and a surprising 83% (15-18) from the free throw line. They assisted on a very strong 29 of 40 baskets (73%), and committed an acceptable 14 turnovers. They finished with 110 points, right where D’Antoni wants them to be.
With each game, Lakers fans find a new sense of hope, believing this to be the game that the switch finally turns on and the Show realizes just how talented they are. They came back from a huge hole against OKC at their house only to come up short. But, this is Staples. The Lakers sport a winning record, 7-5, at home. Their opponent, the Jazz, the type of scrappy and deep team the Lakers struggle with, is awful at 3-9 on the road. They presented the perfect opportunity to prove the corner is here, and the Lakers are ready to turn it.