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.
New Orleans 101 – L.A. Clippers 82
- New Orleans was very efficient on offense last night, making 12 of 15 at the rim and 8 of 16 three pointers.
- Chris Kaman and Baron Davis, the veteran leadership of the Clippers, played only 17 minutes combined. They were a -17 combined in those 17 minutes.
- Rookie Al Farouq-Aminu started for the Clippers and played well. He had 20 points on 7 of 10 shooting and added 8 rebounds, 2 assists and 2 steals. He was a -7 during his 30 minutes on the floor, which doesn’t sound great, but was actually the best rating of all the Clippers’ starters.
Indiana 144 – Denver 113
- In the 3rd quarter Indiana had an offensive explosion of Supernova proportions. They scored 54 points in the 3rd, only 5 less than they scored in the entire first half. In the quarter they made 20 of 21 field goals including 8 of 9 three pointers. The only missed shots of the period were a single free throw by Mike Dunleavy and a single three pointer at the buzzer by Josh McRoberts.
- Brandon Rush returned from his 5 game suspsension eager to earn back the trust of his teammates and fans. Rush scored 16 points on 6 of 11 shooting and chipped in 7 rebounds.
- Mike Dunleavy broke out of his shooting slump in a big way, dropping 31 points in only 24 minutes. His 31 points included 6 three pointers.
L.A. Lakers 99 – Minnesota 94
- Minnesota did a great job on the glass grabbing 56.3% of available rebounds, including 26 on the offensive end. Kevin Love led the charge with 11 offensive rebounds. Unfortunately they also turned the ball over on 27.0% of their possessions.
- The Lakers did a great job moving the ball, recording an assist on 60% of their made baskets, including 10 assists that led to layups.
Utah 116 – Miami 114
- Utah put together a frantic 4th quarter rally, outscoring the Heat by 13 in the period, to force overtime, where they eventually came out on top.
- The star for Utah was Paul Millsap, who scored 46 points on a 74% TS%. Millsap bullied the Miami front line, shooting 11 of 15 on shots inside of 10ft.
- LeBron James and Dwayne Wade combined to shoot 27 free throws in the game. As a team they had a 0.573 FTR.
Milwaukee 107 – New York 80
- Milwaukee found themselves in a good offensive rhythm, shooting 51.4% for the game and putting up 41 points in the 1st quarter.
- Despite facing the best shot-blocking team in the league, New York, the Bucks shot 18 of 23 at the rim, and had only 6 shots blocked all game long.
- The Bucks controlled the glass grabbing 56.9% of available rebounds, with 6 different players grabbing at least 4.
Cleveland 93 – New Jersey 91
- Daniel Gibson and Ramon Sessions were huge off the bench for Cleveland. They combined for 29 points on 11 of 21 shooting and were a +23 in their 53 minutes on the floor.
- New Jersey attempted only 14 shots at the rim last night, but 46 jump shots from beyond 16ft.
- Mo Williams struggled shooting the ball but was able to create some shots for his teammates, recording 5 assists that led to layups for the Cavs.
Portland 100 – Detroit 78
- Portland dominated the glass grabbing 57.6% of available rebounds and posting an Offensive Rebound Rate of 28.9%.
- Marcus Camby recorded 6 assists on the night, 5 of which led to layups for the Blazers. Excellent passing from the center position.
- Detroit made only 8 of 18 shots at the rim last night. They attempted 40 shots from beyond 16ft.