Exactly what bothered Kings coach Michael Malone about Friday night’s 126-122 loss to the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center?
“Pick a number,” Malone said. “Any number.”
And there are a few numbers to sort through:
126: The number of points allowed, second most this season. The most were the 129 the Kings gave up to Houston on Tuesday.
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19: The number of three pointers the Lakers made, a franchise record. Also the most the Kings have given up this season.
70.4%: What the Lakers shot from three-point range.
60%: What the Lakers shot from the field
30: The career-high points scored by Lakers guard Jordan Farmar
8: The career-high three pointers made by Farmar in 10 attempts.
23: Points off the bench from MarShon Brooks, a season high. Brooks was stuck at the end of the bench with Golden State before being traded to the Lakers last week.
*The Kings had no problems scoring, but that doesn’t matter when the opponent is shooting with ease.
“I knew that we’d be able to get whatever we wanted on offense because they don’t defend either but this was two bad defensive teams playing basketball tonight,” Malone said. “It was like a shootout at the OK Corral. ...I am embarrassed by the defensive effort we put forth tonight.”
*The Kings had season highs with 29 assists and 47 made field goals. The Kings only had 11 turnovers, too.
“If I could bottle up our offense and use it every night I would,” Malone said.
*Both teams had four starters score in double figures while one was scoreless. Ben McLemore didn’t score for the Kings while Kendall Marshal didn’t score for the Lakers.