I was out of commission the past two weeks, overrun with travel and holiday celebrations. I’ll be returning to my regular schedule this week, thanks for staying tuned!
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.
Dallas 104 – Cleveland 95
- Playing without Dirk Nowitzki and Caron Butler, the Mavericks got huge offensive contributions from DeShawn Stevenson and Shawn Marion. They combined for 43 points on 17 of 29 from the field. Stevenson also went 5 of 12 on three pointers.
- Antawn Jamison had a flashback game for the Cavs. He scored 35 points on a 72.3% TS% and added 10 rebounds. Jamison was 8 of 12 from inside of 10ft. and also knocked down 3 of 6 three pointers.
- Ramon Sessions played 30 strong minutes for the Cavs. He had 19 points, 12 assists, 7 rebounds and just 3 turnovers. He was 5 of 5 at the rim and posted a +11 during his time on the floor.
Atlanta 107 – L.A. Clippers 98
- With 40 free throw attempts, Atlanta posted an absurd 0.571 FTR for the game. Joe Johnson, Josh Smith and Jamal Crawford combined for 36 of those 40 attempts, making 31 of them.
- The Clippers couldn’t do the little things needed to pull out this game. They missed 9 free throws, turned the ball over on 19.6% of their possessions and went just 4 of 18 on three pointers.
Memphis 104 – L.A. Lakers 85
- Memphis pulled away in the 3rd quarter, pushing their lead from 9 to 18.
- Marc Gasol was just 2 of 10 from the field for the Grizzlies. Despite his shooting struggles he managed to contribute with 10 rebounds, 6 assists, 3 steals and 4 blocks.
- Greivis Vasquez played 16 minutes for the Grizzlies making both of his shots including a three pointer. If you are keep track at home thats 5 points on a 125.0% TS%.
New York 98 – Indiana 92
- The free throw disparity was the story of the game. The Pacers made just 11 of 19 at the stripe. Meanwhile, they sent the Knicks to the line 40 times where they made 29.
- Amare Stoudemire had some big baskets down the stretch but finished the game just 9 of 24 from the field. Add in his 5 missed free throws and his 26 points came on a 43.7% TS%.
- Danny Granger was equally ineffective from the field, going just 9 of 23. He chipped in 17 rebounds, but it wasn’t enough to push the Pacers over the top.
Portland 100 – Houston 85
- Portland did not shoot the ball particularly well, just 43.2%, but they kept themselves in the game with an ORR of 34.1%. Marcus Camby and LaMarcus Aldridge combined for 9 of their 15 offensive rebounds.
- Rookie Patrick Patterson played 27 big minutes for the Rockets. He scored just 5 points on 1 of 3 from the field, but had 10 rebounds, 2 assists and his +1 rating was the only positive number put up by a Rocket that played more than 10 minutes in the game.
- The Rockets’ perimeter shooters couldn’t knock down shots. Courtney Lee, Kevin Martin and Aaron Brooks combined to go 13 of 37 in the game.
Boston 93 – Toronto 79
- Paul Pierce and Ray Allen led the Celtics offensively scoring 30 and 23 points respectively. Pierce had a TS% of 81.0% and each knocked down 3 three pointers.
- Toronto shot just 37.8% for the game. They also missed 12 free throws and went 1 of 14 on three pointers. They had 19 offensive rebounds but couldn’t put enough of them back into the basket.