After this effort, they have it made
The Lakers never did it with Shaquille O’Neal and all his dunks.
Nor did it happen during their consecutive championship runs in 1987 and 1988.
Not since November 1984 have they shot as well as they did Friday night against Philadelphia, making 68.2% of their shots (47 of 71) in an easy 124-93 victory.
Every Laker made at least half of his shots, with the exception of Coby Karl, who made one of three. Derek Fisher made seven of 12, Kobe Bryant five of nine, Andrew Bynum six of eight, Luke Walton three of three and Ronny Turiaf five of seven.
The reserves were equally efficient: Javaris Crittenton was seven for nine, Jordan Farmar seven for 10, Trevor Ariza four for seven and Kwame Brown two for three.
All in all, it was the Lakers’ best shooting game since they made 67.8% of their attempts in a 130-108 victory over Phoenix more than 23 years ago.
“It was a remarkable game,” Coach Phil Jackson said. “Usually those things even out -- you have a good half and you come back the second half and be a little bit flat. But we continued that from one half to the other.”
It might have had something to do with the Lakers’ discussing the need to beat teams with losing records.
With a stretch in the schedule in which they play six of seven games against such teams, Jackson feigned disgust when it was brought up a few days ago by reporters.
“Don’t put that thought in their heads,” he said Thursday.
In truth, the coaching staff had already addressed the team about fixing its poor record last season against losing teams, including a 3-10 mark against Charlotte, Milwaukee, New York, Portland and Memphis.
“We made one statement here before New Year’s about our upcoming schedule and how to handle it,” Jackson said. “We’ve just been working on intensity, bringing our intensity level up. It’s really important not to just glide through games.”
Crittenton and Farmar played together Friday, a trend that could continue with Farmar as ballhandling guard and Crittenton as shooting guard.
“It was a little clumsy,” Jackson said. “But their ability made up for it. Javaris broke down the team and got passes to guys a couple times when it was obvious our organization wasn’t there. Their young legs and their ability were able to bail them out.”
Farmar had 16 points and Crittenton had a career-high 19 points.
“He’s a scorer and he likes to penetrate, pass the ball or finish at the basket,” Jackson said of Crittenton. “He’s got the strength to finish at the basket.”
vs. Indiana, 6:30, FSN West
Site -- Staples Center.
Radio -- 570, 1330.
Records -- Lakers 20-11, Pacers 16-18.
Record vs. Pacers -- 1-0.
Update -- The Lakers had no trouble with the Pacers in a 134-114 victory Nov. 20 at Indianapolis. Kobe Bryant had 32 points and Andrew Bynum had 17 points on six-for-six shooting in that game. The Pacers had lost five consecutive games before beating Atlanta on Friday, 113-91.