The Los Angeles Lakers are a mess. They came into Friday night dead last in the Western Conference at 19-39. Veteran center Pau Gasol called out his teammates and coach Mike D'Antoni for a lack of discipline following a loss to the Indiana Pacers on Tuesday.
But no matter how bleak the situation, D'Antoni's boys will never stop bombing away from behind the arc.
That three-point attack clicked in a big way against the Sacramento Kings on Friday, per ESPN Los Angeles' Arash Markazi:
FINAL: Lakers 126, Kings 122. Lakers hit 19 of 27 three-pointers. Jordan Farmar with a career-high 30 points and 9 3-pointers.— Arash Markazi (@ArashMarkazi) March 1, 2014
And so the Lakers won a game for only the seventh time in the year 2014, and they only needed to set a franchise record to do it!
Some more fun facts from Friday's three-ball deluge:
- Five players, including Farmar, hit at least two from downtown. Wesley Johnson and Kent Bazemore shot 2-for-4 while MarShon Brooks and Jodie Meeks shot 3-for-3.
- Ryan Kelly shot 1-for-1. Slacker!
- The only Laker to attempt a three and not make at least one was Kendall Marshall (0-for-2).
- The 19 threes were a Laker record for a regulation game. L.A. hit 19 threes in an overtime loss to the Washington Wizards on Dec. 17, 2006.
- This was not the highest single-game total of the 2013-14 NBA season. The Portland Trail Blazers hit 21 threes on Dec. 14 against the Philadelphia 76ers. The Brooklyn Nets matched those 21 threes just two days later...against those same Philadelphia 76ers.
- The Philadelphia 76ers are absurdly terrible at guarding the three-point line.
- The Lakers did tie the all-important 2013-14 record for three-pointers made against teams outside of Philly (the Houston Rockets also made 19 against Brooklyn on Nov. 29.
Before the game, D'Antoni responded to all the recent criticism of his coaching, per ESPN Los Angeles' Dave McMenamin: "I don’t think you’re ever as a coach you’re like, ‘Oh boy, we got all 15 guys really happy.'"
Well, hopefully all 15 guys are happy after a night like Friday. There will likely be many more downs than ups through the end of the season, so the coach and the players should treasure a game like this, when everything goes right.