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"In their 15-1 stretch since the All-Star break, the Lakers have scored 109.3 points per 100 possessions, according to Hoopdata. Only one team — Denver — has a better mark over the full season. On defense, the Lakers have surrendered just 99 points per 100 possessions in that 16-game run; only the Bulls and Celtics have been stingier, and the gap vanishes once you consider that the Lakers have played a strong schedule in that span.
Put simply, the Lakers are playing both offense and defense better than anyone else."
"They are, in fact, close to becoming the least foul-prone team in NBA history. Consider: The Lakers have yielded 19.4 foul shots per game. Only eight teams have ever allowed fewer than 20 per game over a full season, and if the Lakers keep playing like they are now, they will break the all-time record (19.3). Since the All-Star break, Los Angeles has given up only 18.4 free throws a game — an unthinkable number.
And if you prefer free throw rate, which measures free throws allowed per shot attempt and thus factors in pace, the Lakers are on a historic pace there, too. Only six other teams have allowed so few free throws per shot attempt, and only one of those six (the 2004-05 Suns) played in the post-hand-checking era."