“Health is everything,” Jordan Farmar said after his career night.
The Los Angeles Lakers beat the Sacramento Kings with Farmar setting a new career-high in points with 30. The former UCLA Bruin became only the second Laker to hit the 30-point mark this season, and he did it in record-setting fashion.
Farmar hit eight of his 10 shots from long range, and those eight made shots contributed to a Lakers’ franchise record of 19 three-pointers in a regulation game. Even more incredible, the Lakers made 70.4 percent of their shots from behind the arc.
“70 percent is outrageous,” Lakers center Pau Gasol said after the game.
Even with those gaudy offensive numbers, the Lakers only managed a four point victory. Defense was not on display on Friday night at Staples Center. The Lakers allowed 122 points with Rudy Gay scoring a game-high 32 points.
For the Lakers, six players scored in double figures, and four of those guys scored 22 points of more.
One of those guys, Jodie Meeks was perfect from the field and made all eight of his field goal attempts in the game. However, Meeks found himself sitting on the bench when the game was up for grabs late on. In place of Meeks, MarShon Brooks played the entire fourth quarter and scored 11 of his 23 points in the final stanza.
With Gasol adding 22 points, six assists and five rebounds, the Lakers earned a rare win.
For one night in a difficult season, the Lakers gave their home fans a win and allowed them to go home happy. Okay, so no tacos were handed out, but any win is worth celebrating for the Lakers these days.
Quote of the night:
“I knew that we would 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.” – Sacramento Kings Head Coach Michael Malone