LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles Lakers were in need of a pick-me-up, and Jordan Farmar was there to provide it as his career-high 30-points on Friday helped lead a second half 3-point barrage past the Sacramento Kings 126-122.
“It’s being aggressive,” Farmar said after his career night. “It’s been a tough year to get my legs back under me. I’m just trying to find some enjoying basketball and I’m happy to be out here playing again.”
After coming out of halftime with a 11-point deficit and trailing for most of the first two quarters of the game, Los Angeles was a different team in the second half as they hit 14 of their 19 franchise record 3-pointers in a single game. This included Farmar making five of his career-high eight made 3-pointers and the team shooting 72 percent from beyond the arc for the game.
“In the third quarter, (Farmar) brought us back,” head coach Mike D’Antoni said. “They were making twos and we were making threes, so we caught up to them one point at a time. Farmar did it, and MarShon Brooks is shooting the heck out of it from threes. I just thought the spirit was right and the involvement was better.”
In the third quarter, Los Angeles closed the gap to four by hitting 9-of-12 3-pointers that included five made between Farmar and MarShon Brooks, who combined to score 21 points for the quarter.
Brooks shouldered the load offensively in the final quarter of play as he scored 11 points that included a couple of key baskets in the final minutes of the game that helped the Lakers steal the win.
“I just needed to get a little more aggressive, that was the main thing,” Brooks said, who scored a season-high 23 points in the win. “In the first half I was just out there. In the second half I just told myself that ‘today might just be my day and I am going to put the ball at the rim and see if it goes in for me.’ So I just put up some quick shots and they fell. The game just got easier and easier from there.”
It was a solid game on offense collective as a team for the Lakers as they had four players score over 20 points, which last happened on Feb. 4, 1998. Los Angeles also recorded season-highs in field goal percentage (60), points scored (126), field goals made (48), and 3-point percentage (72).
“70 percent (from 3-point range) is outrageous ,” Pau Gasol said, who had 22 points, six assists, and five rebounds. “I think it’s one of those once in a lifetime nights in your life. So we will take it.”
In the loss, the Kings received 32 points from Rudy Gay, and 26 points a piece from Isaiah Thomas and Derrick Williams but it wasn’t enough to get past Los Angeles’ impressive offensive shooting performance.
The first quarter featured six ties and three lead changes as Los Angeles held the lead for much of the quarter due in part to 10 points scored by Gasol. Sacramento grabbed the lead late in the quarter as they used an 8-2 run that gave them a 31-27 advantage heading into the second quarter
Their hot shooting carried over into the second quarter as the Kings stretched the deficit to 12 points. The Lakers tied the game at 52, but that momentum was short-lived with Sacramento going on a 13-2 run that included the last seven points of the quarter scored by Thomas that gave his team a 65-54 lead at halftime behind 59 percent shooting in the first half.
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