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.
Atlana 111 – Minnesota 105
- Minnesota shot the ball well, 47.5%, but they ended 21.4% of their possessions in turnovers and let the Hawks grab 15 offensive rebounds.
- The Hawks attempt 39 free throws, a small advantage over the Timberwolves’ 31. However, Atlanta shot 87.2% from the line making 34 of their free throws. This gave them an 11 point advantage over Minnesota’s 23 made free throws.
- Kevin Love followed up his 30 point, 30 rebound game over the weekend with 22 and 17 last night.
Phoenix 121 – L.A. Lakers 116
- The Lakers just couldn’t get enough stops last night with the Suns shooting 51.2% from the field and 55% on three pointers.
- The Suns were able to pull out the win despite getting pounded on the glass. The Lakers grabbed 60.4% of available rebounds, including 20 offensive rebounds.
- Steve Nash had 13 assists for the Suns, 7 of which led to three pointers.
Houston 104 – New York 96
- Houston had a huge edge at the free throw line with 36 attempts for a 0.450 FTR. New York attempted only 24 for a 0.275 FTR.
- Houston did a good job on the glass. They grabbed 52.6% of available rebounds. It was a whole team effort as every Rocket who saw the floor last night had at least 3 rebounds.
- Houston also did a great job moving the ball. They recorded 28 assists with 5 different players having at least 4.
Detroit 100 – Sacramento 94
- Sacramento dominated the boards to the tune of 18 offensive rebounds. Carl Landry and Samuel Dalembert had 5 each.
- Detroit shot the ball well, 54% from the field. No starter had a TS% less then 54.3%.
- DeMarcus Cousins grabbed 8 rebounds for the Kings in his 25 minutes. Unfortunately he paired those 8 rebounds with 6 turnovers.
San Antonio 117 – Oklahoma City 104
- Oklahoma City has been winning games at the free throw line, but last night they were out-shot in terms of frequency 38 attempts to 30, and percentage 89.5% to 80%. This worked out to a 10 point advantage for San Antonio at the free throw line.
- San Antonio made 11 of 20 three pointers, or 55%. This included a 7 for 7 performance for Matt Bonner.
- The Spurs starters were a combined 27 of 29 from the free throw line with the only two misses courtesy of Tim Duncan.