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.
Phoenix 118 – Atlanta 114
- This was an offensive extravaganza. Both teams posted Offensive Ratings above 121.0 and both teams shot better than 54.0% from the field. In the end, a slight edge to Phoenix in their three point shooting was the difference. Each team attempted 23 three pointers. Phoenix made 11 compared to only 7 for Atlanta.
- Joe Johnson, Al Horford and Josh Smith were terrific for Atlanta. They were a +13 all together in their 128 minutes on the floor. They combined for 83 points on 34 of 53 from the field. They also added 26 rebounds, 15 assists, 4 steals, 3 blocks and only 6 turnovers.
Detroit 102 – Golden State 97
- Detroit shot the three pointer really well last night, making 9 of 17. 6 different players hit at least one three pointer. They were also helped by a 0.341 FTR for the game, although they only made 67.9% of their free throws.
- Monta Ellis was 9 of 11 at the rim for Golden State, on his way to a 24 point performance. Unfortunately for Golden State, he was 2 of 12 on shots not taken at the rim.
Houston 120 – Minnesota 94
- Minnesota continued its early season pattern of falling behind early and often. They shot the ball terribly, only 37.4%, and sent Houston to the line 47 times. Minnesota lost by 26, but suffered a 16 point margin in made free throws. If they could have defended without fouling this game would have been a lot closer.
- Houston’s ball movement was terrific last night. They recorded an assist on 60.6% of their made baskets and only turned the ball over on 5.4% of their possessions.
Philadelphia 106 – New York 96
- Elton Brand continued to play well, dropping 20 points to go along with 7 rebounds, 2 assists and 2 blocks.
- Both teams were exactly 25 of 35 at the free throw line.
- New York really struggled from behind the three point line, making only 3 of 19.
Boston 92 – Oklahoma City 83
- Continuing a season long pattern, the Celtics’ bench came up huge. Glen Davis, Marquis Daniels and Nate Robinson were a combined +22 in their 61 minutes.
- Oklahoma City struggled moving the ball. They recorded an assist on only 53.4% of their made baskets and turned the ball over on 20% of their possessions.
- The Celtics did a great job protecting the basketball, turning it over on only 14.4% of their possessions.