This is 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.
Indiana 124 – Toronto 100
- Indiana ran out to a big lead and never looked back. They took a 24 point lead into halftime.
- The Pacers made shots all night, shooting 55.3% and making 13 of 26 three pointers.
- Brandon Rush had a huge game with 26 points on a 72.2% TS%.
Atlanta 80 – Orlando 74
- This was a defensive slugfest with offensive miscues galore. Atlanta shot just 38.9% from the field, Orlando just 37.9%. Orlando turned the ball over on 18.5% of their possessions, Atlanta on 15.2% of their.
- Atlanta made just 38.9% of their shots at the rim.
New York 121 – Minnesota 114
- Darko Milicic played only 8 minutes before leaving with an injury. Regardless, he and the rest of the Timberwolves’ front court was extremely effective. Darko, Beasley and Love were 24 of 40 from the field and 16 of 16 from the line. They combined for 68 points and 22 rebounds.
- Minnesota had a great shooting night, 52.6%. Unfortunately, they let the Knicks have a slightly better one at 53.0%. Coughing it up on 17.6% of their possessions and allowing New York to go 13 of 30 on three pointers was too much to overcome.
Chicago 99 – Oklahoma City 90
- Chicago played a terrific defensive game, holding the Thunder to 35.4% shooting including 4 of 19 on three pointers.
- Carlos Boozer appears to have found his niche in Chicago’s offense. He was 13 of 21 for 29 points with 12 rebounds.
- Kevin Durant was 14 of 14 at the free throw line on his way to 29 points. Unfortunately, he was only 7 of 18 from the field and just 1 of 5 on three pointers.
Miami 88 – Milwaukee 78
- Dwyane Wade received a lot of attention for his efforts on the glass to the tune of 14 rebounds. His 6 turnovers and 9 of 20 shooting from the field were largely glossed over in the morning recaps I read.
- Miami played strong defense, holding Milwaukee to 34.7% shooting on the night. The Heat also finished possessions grabbing 80.5% of their defensive rebound opportunities.
Utah 94 – Memphis 85
- The stat lines between both teams were very similar. The most noticeable difference was in three point shooting, 1 of 11 for Memphis, 8 of 22 for Utah.
- Utah’s starting front-line, Kirilenko, Millsap and Jefferson were a combined 9 of 34.
- Utah blocked 10 Memphis shots, or 12.7% of their total attempts.
L.A. Clippers 98 – Sacramento 91
- This was a tough game for point guards. Tyreke Evans and Beno Udrih were a combined 6 of 29 from the field with 6 assists to 3 turnovers. Eric Bledsoe and Baron Davis were a combined 6 of 20, though they did it with 11 assists to 2 turnovers.
- Both teams did a good job on the offensive glass. L.A. had an ORR of 27.3, Sacramento’s was 29.5. There were plenty of opportunities as they combined to go 67 of 166, just 40.3% from the field. They were also an ugly 10 of 34 on three pointers.