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.
Orlando – New York
- This game was postponed due to asbestos contamination at Madison Square Garden. I wonder if Marcin Gortat has some sort of internal toxicity sensor?
Atlanta 100 – Cleveland 88
- Atlanta continued their high rate of offensive efficiency, shooting only 44.1% from the field but grabbing 14 offensive rebounds and turning the ball over on only 6.8% of their possessions. They also recorded an assist on 70.3% of their made shots.
- Joe Johnson was only 6 of 21 from the floor but grabbed 6 rebounds, handed out 9 assists and posted a +14 during his 42 minutes.
- J.J. Hickson had a strong scoring game for Cleveland. He went only 4 of 9 at the rim, but made all 6 of his 16-23ft. jumpers. All told he dropped 31 points on a 71% TS%.
Washington 116 – Philadelphia 115
- Washington recorded their first win, in overtime, last night. They actually outrebounded an opponent for the first time all season, grabbing 50.7% of the available rebounds.
- In a battle of the top two draft picks, John Wall was the clear victor. Wall had 29 points, 13 assists and 9 steals on a 65.4% TS%. He was a +1 in 45 minutes. Evan Turner had 9 points and 6 rebounds, posting a -15 in his 28 minutes.
- Jrue Holiday recorded a total of 13 assists, 9 of which led to layups for his team.
Boston 109 – Detroit 86
- Boston thoroughly destroyed Detroit, shooting 51.9% from the field, making all 18 of their free throws and only turning the ball over on 8.3% of their possessions.
- Rajon Rondo had 17 assists for Boston, 10 of which led either to three pointers or layups. He didn’t turn the ball over once in his 36 minutes.
- Glen Davis continues to finish plays at a much improved rate. He was 3 of 3 inside of 10ft. with none of his shots being blocked by Detroit’s front line.
Miami 129 – Minnesota 97
- Miami had everything working offensively last night. They shot 58.3% from the field, 57.2% on three pointers, recorded an assist on 67.4% of their baskets and posted a FTR of 0.392.
- For the first time since 2004, LeBron James started a game and didn’t grab a single rebound.
Portland 90 – Milwaukee 76
- Milwaukee’s offense was out of sync all night. They shot 37.5% from the field, went 3 of 15 on three pointers and had more turnovers, 17, than assists, 16.
- The Bucks brought in Corey Maggette this summer, in part to help with their abyssmal FTR from last season. Maggette has giving the Bucks what they expected, getting to the line 8 times last night and making all of them. He also shot 4 of 12 from the field, missing 4 shots at the rim, but like I said he is giving the Bucks what they expected (or should have expected).
- Helped in large part by LaMarcus Aldridge’s 5 blocks, the Blazers blocked 11.1% of Milwaukee’s total shot attempts.
L.A. Lakers 124 – Memphis 105
- The Lakers were very efficient offensively, helped in large part by their work on the offensive glass. They grabbed 20 offensive rebounds in the game for an Offensive Rebound Rate of 48.7. Matt Barnes had 9 offensive rebounds, Pau Gasol had 5.
- As a team, Memphis shot 6 of 30 on 16-23ft. jumpers. It’s probably not a good idea to attempt that many long jumpers, but you’d still like to make better than 20% of them. Rudy Gay and Darrell Arthur combined to shoot 3 of 16 from that distance.