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.
Cleveland 101 – Philadelphia 93
- Cleveland protected the ball well last night, turning the ball over on only 7.2% of their possessions. Protecting possessions was especially important since they only grabbed 3 offensive rebounds as a team.
- Evan Turner played 39 minutes for Philadelphia, scoring 16 points and grabbing 9 rebounds. For the first time in recent memory (college or pros) he played an entire game without recording a single assist. He also had 4 turnovers.
Denver 120 – New York 118
- The high score in this game had much more to do with pace than scoring efficiency. Neither team shot better than 49% from the field, 70% from the free throw line or 36% on three pointers.
- Carmelo Anthony had 26 points and 9 rebounds for the Nuggets, taking 10 shots at the rim and attempting 14 free throws. Anthony has totalled 46 points and 31 rebounds in the Nuggets’ last two games.
- Knicks rookie shooting guard, Landry Fields, was 6 of 6 on shots at the rim.
Chicago 95 – Houston 92
- Chicago did some work on the glass, grabbing 55.4% of available rebounds and posting an ORR of 40.0%.
- Luol Deng was 5 of 10 on shots at the rim. He was 1 of 11 on all shots not taken at the rim for a 6 of 21 shooting night.
- Brad Miller was 8 of 15 for the Rockets, with an assist recorded on all 8 of his made baskets.
Atlanta 102 – Indiana 92
- Indiana dominated the boards grabbing 58.3% of available rebounds, and had a 6 point advantage on made free throws. Unfortunately they turned the ball over on 18.2% of their possessions and went 4 of 18 on three pointers.
- Josh Smith had 7 blocks for the Hawks. This means he personally blocked 10% of Indiana’s shot attempts.
- Al Horford attempted only 1 shot at the rim but was 6 of 10 from 10-23ft.
L.A. Lakers 118 – Milwaukee 107
- The Lakers’ had an incredible shooting night all around; 53.9% from the field, 82.8% from the line, 62.5% on three pointers.
- Andrew Bogut and Corey Maggette were a combined 7 of 18 from the free throw line. Bogut partially made up for his poor performance at the line by grabbing 18 rebounds including 9 on the offensive glass.
- The Lakers had 24 assists on the night. 8 of the 10 Lakers who played in the game had at least 2 assists.
Washington 109 – Toronto 94
- The Wizards used a strong rebounding effort and a balanced offensive attack to beat the Raptors without John Wall. They grabbed 56.6% of available rebounds, which may be their strongest effort on the season. Three different Wizards had 20 points or more, and the team shot 56.3% as a whole.
- The Raptors were a very respectable 16 of 23 on shots at the rim. They were a very undignified 6 of 23 on long jumpers.
Portland 100 – Memphis 99
- Wesley Matthews did his best Brandon Roy impresson, pouring in 30 points on a 72.3% TS%.
- The Grizzlies turned the ball over 19 times with 6 different players contributing at least 2.