SWIM: Thunder vs. Nuggets

Mar 24, 2014; Oklahoma City, OK, USA; Oklahoma City Thunder forward Caron Butler (2) attempts a shot against Denver Nuggets forward Anthony Randolph (15) ;and Denver Nuggets forward Quincy Miller (30) during the fourth quarter at Chesapeake Energy Arena.

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Looking at a box score is something anyone can do. Who lead my team in scoring? How’d we shoot from the field? And while that knowledge is useful, does it really earn you bonus points around the water cooler? That’s why I’m here. I’m bringing you the S.W.I.M: Statistics Worth Increased Media. Let Joe from accounting regurgitate what he heard on the way in this morning; you’re better than that. Use these nuggets to gain a unique perspective about last night’s Thunder/Nuggets game.

Reggie Jackson has recorded back-to-back double doubles after doing so only once in his first 194 career games.

This was the 12th straight game in which OKC won where Jackson scored 15-plus points.

Caron Butler was on the attack tonight (19 field goal attempts), but he once again failed to get to the free throw line. Since being acquired by the Thunder, the veteran hasn’t attempted a single free throw at home.

Since the beginning of February, Serge Ibaka has followed up a game with one or fewer blocks with a two-plus block performance.

Ibaka extended his streak to one month since the last time he attempted at least 15 field goals and converted more than half of them.

For the fifth consecutive game, Kevin Durant’s assist total increased.

For the first time since November, Durant shot under 50% in consecutive wins.

For the first time in nearly four months, Kenneth Faried failed to record a single assist in a double double performance.

Ty Lawson made 13 free throws: he hadn’t attempted 13 in a game since January 13th.

For the ninth time in March, Randy Foye played at least 23 minutes and made one or fewer two pointers.

The Nuggets fell to a miserable 2-8 when Anthony Randolph makes a three pointer this season.

For the first time in a month, Denver lost a game in which Timofey Mozgov recorded at least nine rebounds.