This was supposed to go up yesterday. Finished the post and apparently forgot to push publish! I apologize for the tardiness. Today’s post with the numbers for Tuesday night should be up later this afternoon.
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.
Dallas 98 – New Orleans 95
- Dallas handed New Orleans their first loss, in part by taking away Chris Paul’s offensive weapons. The Mavericks held the other four New Orleans starters to 12 of 36 shooting on the night.
- Peja Stojakavic returned for New Orleans and had a strong performance, scoring 17 points in 19 minutes including 4 of 6 shooting on three pointers.
- Dirk Nowitzki was his usual efficient self, scoring 25 points on a 70.4% TS%. He added 10 rebounds as well.
Golden State 101 – Detroit 97
- Steph Curry and Monta Ellis were a combined 3 of 14 on 16-23ft. jumpers. They should have taken a step back behind the three point line where they combined to go 4 of 5.
- Detroit rookie Greg Monroe wins the award for strangest stat line of the night. 18 minutes played, 0 for 1 from the field, 0 for 2 from the line, 2 steals, 1 block and 1 personal foul. Despite those underwhelming individual contributions the Pistons were +13 in his 18 minutes.
- Golden State rookie Jeff Adrien was the runner-up to Monroe in stat line strangeness. 16 minutes played, 0 for 3 from the field, 3 rebounds, 3 steals, 1 turnover, but a +16.
New Jersey 110 – L.A. Clippers 96
- New Jersey’s offense was really clicking as the team shot 59.8% from the field. Jordan Farmar had 12 assists, 6 of which led to layups or three pointers.
- Eric Gordon had a tough night from the field, finishing 6 of 20. However, he totalled 30 points by getting to the line an astonishing 20 times.
- Brook Lopez continued his painted area diaspora, taking 9 jumpshots from 16-23ft.
Orlando 89 – Memphis 72
- Orlando held Memphis to 36.3% shooting. Memphis didn’t do much to make things easier on themselves, making only 11 of 20 free throws and turning the ball over on 20% of their possessions.
- Memphis’ leading scorers Rudy Gay and Zach Randolph were a combined 8 of 32 from the field.
- Orlando did just enough to win, but did play particularly well offensively, shooting only 43.8% from the floor and recording an assist on only 42.9% of their made baskets.
Phoenix 100 – Denver 94
- A little jealous of the attention Kevin Love received for his 30/30 game, Carmelo Anthony crashed the glass hard and finised with 22 rebounds to go with his 20 points.
- The outside shots weren’t falling for Phoenix but Hakim Warrick came up big with 21 points on only 9 shot attempts for an 83.9% TS%. All 9 of his attempts came from inside 15ft.
Oklahoma City 115 – Utah 108
- Both teams shots over 50% from the field but the difference again for the Thunder was their ability to get to the line. They had 34 attempts, of which they made 33 for a 15 point advantage over Utah at the free throw line.
- Deron Williams was an offensive star for Utah with 31 points and 12 assists on an 80.2% TS%.
Charlotte 113 – Minnesota 110
- Michael Beasley had another strong scoring performance for Minnesota with 25 points. Unfortunately, he needed 25 shots, including 8 jumpshots from 16-23ft. to accomplish it. Beasley was 0 of 6 at the rim.
- Gerald Wallace had 26 points for the Bobcats, 17 of which came at the free throw line.
- Both teams were impressive in the shot blocking department, as they combined for 20 blocked shots. This works out to 12% of all the shots taken in the game.