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 136 – Washington 112
- The Pacers exploded offensively, shooting 59.6% for the game with an Ast% of 64.0%.
- The Pacers made 13 of 24 three-pointers. Rookie Paul George led the way, knocking down 5 of 6.
- The Wizards had 7 shots blocked by the Pacers and made just 15 of their 31 shots at the rim.
New York 97 – Philadelphia 92
- Both teams turned the ball over just 9 times, 9.9% of their total possessions.
- Both teams shot an identical 41.4% from the field. Both team scored exactly 14 points at the free throw line.
- The Knicks made 11 of 31 three-pointers. The 76ers made just 2 of 18.
Cleveland 104 – Toronto 96
- The Raptors and Cavs combined for 71 free throw attempts. They missed a whopping 23 of those.
- Jerryd Bayless scored 28 points in just 30 minutes. He posted a 65.1 TS% and went 6 of 8 on shots at the rim.
- Baron Davis had 12 assists for the Cavs, 9 of which went for layups or three-pointers.
Orlando 111 – Charlotte 102 (OT)
- Gilbert Arenas scored 25 points on an 84.0 TS% for the Magic. Arenas knocked down 6 of 11 three-pointers.
- The Bobcats shot 14 of 24 on shots at the rim. 6 blocks by Dwight Howard helped set the tone.
- Dante Cunningham had a double-double for the Bobcats with 16 points and 10 rebounds. However, he shot just 7 of 20 for the game, including a 4 of 12 performance on long two-pointers.
Detroit 116 – New Jersey 109
- The Pistons thoroughly controlled the glass, grabbing 58.3% of the available rebounds, with an ORR of 36.4%.
- Richard Hamilton and Rodney Stuckey combined for 19 assists. 11 of their 19 assists went for layups or three-pointers.
- Brook Lopez scored 39 points on a 74.5 TS% in the losing effort. Lopez was 8 of 11 on shots at the rim and only attempted 3 long two-pointers.
New Orleans 101 – Houston 93
- With a FTR of 0.327, the Hornets gave themselves a 10 point advantage at the free throw line.
- The Rockets turned the ball over on 19.8% of their possessions. Seven different Rockets turned the ball over at least twice.
- Chris Paul had 9 assists, 8 of which went for layups or three-pointers.
Milwaukee 90 – Miami 85
- The Heat turned the ball over on 18.4% of their possessions. LeBron James and Mike Bibby combined for 10 turnovers in the game.
- With every point being crucial, the Bucks made all 15 of their free throws.
- The Heat shot just 10 of 24 at the rim. LeBron James was 3 of 9 and Mario Chalmers missed all 3 of his layup attempts.
Phoenix 108 – Minnesota 98
- The Suns were 22 of 28 on shots at the rim, on their way to 52.4% shooting performance on the night.
- Michael Beasley scored 24 points with 11 rebounds, 3 assists and 5 steals. He also turned the ball over 5 times and shot 2 of 9 from outside of 10ft.
- Marcin Gortat scored 20 points for the Suns on a 60.1 TS%. He also grabbed 16 rebounds in just 32 minutes.
Oklahoma City 112 – L.A. Clippers 108
- The Blake Griffin of mid-December showed up last night, scoring 35 points for the Clippers on a 74.4 TS%. Griffin also added 11 rebounds and 6 assists.
- Kendrick Perkins had 17 rebounds, an astonishing 10 at the offensive end. He personally grabbed 29.1% of his team’s misses while on the floor.
- The Thunder actually shot much worse than the Clippers, at 43.2%. However their ORR of 38.0% and low Turnover Rate of 12.2% gave them 12 extra shot attempts in the game.
Denver 104 – Dallas 96
- J.R. Smith scored 23 points for the Nuggets in just 28 minutes, on a 77.3 TS%. He was 3 of 3 at the rim and made 3 of 5 three-pointers.
- Denver only turned the ball over on 15.1% of their possessions, compared to 18.3% for Dallas.
- Brendan Haywood attempted just one shot for the Mavericks in 32 minutes, but came up with 19 big rebounds, 8 at the offensive end.
San Antonio 124 – Sacramento 92
- The Spurs shot 60.6% from the field AND 63.2% on three-pointers. George Hill and Manu Ginobili combined to make 7 of their 11 three-point attempts.
- With a FTR of 0.329, the Spurs finished with a 9 point advantage at the free throw line.
- The Spurs grabbed 55.8% of the game’s total rebounds. Four different Spurs had at least 6.
Golden State 95 – L.A. Lakers 87
- Golden State won the rebounding battle, grabbing 51.5% with an ORR of 34.0%. David Lee had 17 rebounds, with 8 coming at the offensive end.
- The Warriors forced the Lakers into turnovers on 18.1% of their possessions. Lamar Odom turned it over 6 times in 32 minutes.
- The Lakers posted a FTR of 0.351, but missed 11 free throws. Andrew Bynum and Pau Gasol combined for 8 of those 11 misses.