Welcome to Last Night’s Numbers, a 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. All the stats are from Hoopdata’s box scores, which contain some additional advanced stats not available in traditional box scores.
Boston 99 – Atlanta 76
- Boston jumped out to a 26 point lead in the first quarter and never looked back. They shot 53.4% from the field, 77.8% from the line and and 45.5% on three pointers.
- Atlanta’s big three, Al Horford, Josh Smith and Joe Johnson, were a combined 5 of 23 from the floor.
- Boston destroyed Atlanta on the glass with a 20 rebound advantage.
Denver 106 – Golden State 89
- Carmelo Anthony exploded for 39 points. He was only 10 of 24 from the field but went 17 of 17 at the line. He also added 9 rebounds, 5 assists and 2 steals.
- When Monta Ellis and Stephon Curry aren’t making shots things get ugly in a hurry for the Warriors. They were a combined 15 of 43 last night, including 3 of 14 on three pointers.
- Denver was a terrific 12 of 21 on three pointers. Four different players hit at least 2 three pointers.
Phoenix 123 – Houston 112
- Phoenix didn’t just rely on the jumpshot last night, making a concerted effort to get to the free throw line. They had 38 attempts on the night, making 32, compared to only 12 made free throws for Houston. Phoenix’s FTR was 0.487 for the game.
- Houston was 6 of 26 on three pointers including a 2 of 8 performance by Shane Battier.
- Kyle Lowry came up with 6 steals for Houston and dogged Steve Nash into 5 turnovers.
L.A. Clippers 99 – New Orleans 95
- Eric Gordon and Blake Griffin led the Clippers with 24 and 27 points respectively.
- The margin of victory for the Clippers could have been much larger if Gordon and Griffin had been able to do better than their 13 of 24 performance at the free throw line.
- In just their second loss of the season the Hornets struggled at the line as well, making only 15 of 23 free throws.
Indiana 93 – Miami 77
- Indiana used strong defense to hold Miami to a season-low point total. They held Miami to 38.8% shooting and forced the Heat into turnovers on 23.2% of their possessions.
- Dwayne Wade had one of his worst shooting nights as a pro, going 1 of 13 from the field, 1 of 5 at the line and 0 of 4 on three pointers.
- Danny Granger also had a tough shooting night, going 6 of 21 from the field. Granger did contribute 11 rebounds, 6 assists, 3 steals, 1 block and 4 made three pointers.
San Antonio 106 – Orlando 97
- San Antonio got to the free throw line more than Orlando, with a FTR of 0.299, and shot the lights out on three pointers, making 12 of 19.
- Dwight Howard had a strong offensive game for Orlando, scoring 26 points. He was 5 of 6 at the rim and an impressive 6 of 9 on shots less than 10ft. Howard also had 18 rebounds.
- Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili combined for 19 assists and just 5 turnovers for the Spurs.
Oklahoma City 117 – Minnesota 107
- The Thunder continued their ridiculous pace of drawing fouls, attempting 40 free throws in the game for a FTR of 0.548. Kevin Durany was 16 of 17 from the line.
- Michael Beasley finally had a game were the jumpers weren’t falling. He was 0 of 10 on shots longer than 10ft.
- Kevin Love had another terrific game with 24 points and 17 rebounds. He also added 3 assists and 4 made three pointers. It didn’t benefit the TWolves that much as they were -25 with Love on the floor.
Utah 94 – Sacramento 83
- Utah turned the ball over on only 8.8% of their possessions and posted a FTR of 0.434.
- The Kings’ young core, Tyreke Evans and DeMarcus Cousins were a combined 8 of 25 in the game.
- Al Jefferson attempted 12 shots from beyond 10 ft. for the Jazz, making only 4.