Welcome to Last Night’s Numbers, a new daily feature where we run through the NBA games from the night before, highlighting one or two numbers I found particularly interesting from each game. Think of it as Kelly Dwyer’s Behind the Box Score from Ball Don’t Lie, except shorter, less informative, less informed, less witty, less enjoyable and less well written. All the stats are from Hoopdata’s box scores, which contain some additional advanced stats not available in traditional box scores. As with all my work here, this is an experiment and subject to changes in format and scheduling!
Dallas 99 – L.A. Clippers 83
- The Clippers couldn’t buy a bucket last night, shooting 34.2% from the floor, including 4 of 21 on three pointers. Eric Gordon, Rasaul Butler and Baron Davis were a combined 1 of 14 on threes.
- Dallas moved the ball extremely well, recording an assist on 63.9% of their made baskets.
- Jason Kidd played a terrific floor game, scoring 13 points with 9 rebounds, 7 assists and 2 steals, for a +21 in his minutes.
Miami 101 – New Jersey 72
- Miami’s offense was humming last night. They went 36 of 67 or 53.8% from the floor. They also recorded 29 assists, which was good for 80.4% of their made baskets.
- New Jersey on the other hand shot 35.3% from the floor and 21.5% on three pointers.
- New Jersey did have a strong performance on the glass, posting an Offensive Rebound Rate of 35.1% and a Defensive Rebound Rate of 82.7%.
L.A. Lakers 107 – Golden State 83
- For all their rebounding upgrades this offseason, the Warriors couldn’t contain L.A. on the glass. The Lakers grabbed 56.7% of the available rebounds and posted an Offensive Rebound Rate of 40%.
- Golden State ws 14 of 21 on shots at the rim, and 4 of 21 on 16-23ft. jumpshots. You usually don’t like to see those categories with the same number of attempts.
- Pau Gasol was a beast, going 8 of 15 from inside 10ft. and adding 12 rebounds.
Utah 120 – Oklahoma City 99
- The Jazz finally got their offense moving. They shot 53.1% from the field, made 7 of 11 three pointers and recorded an assist on 72.8% of their baskets.
- Deron Williams had 15 assists. 7 led to layups, 5 led to 16-23ft. jumpers and 3 led to three pointers for the Jazz.
- Kevin Durant was defended well by the Jazz. He shot 8 of 19 from the field for 28 points, but was force into turnover on 20% of his possessions.