SWIM: Spurs-Bulls

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 Spurs/Bulls game.

For the eighth time this season the Spurs won a game in which Tim Duncan shot under 31% from the field.

Duncan averages 20 points and three assists for his career, but he has recorded more assists than points twice this season (both wins). For a big man not known as a passer, Duncan’s nine assists and zero turnovers in his last two road games is quite impressive.

After the Spurs scored the first seven points, he final 45.5 minutes of this game were played even.

Manu Ginobili made nine of his 11hots, his second consecutive ultra-efficient scoring effort. Prior to his last two games, the career sixth man had made fewer than four field goals in 23.1% of his games since mid January.

During San Antonio’s seven game win streak, this was the sixth game in which Kawhi Leonard did not miss a free throw.

Leonard has made a three pointer in all seven of the Spurs consecutive wins. San Antonio had lost the two previous instances when the swing man connects from downtown.

The Spurs have won five straight games (and six of seven this season) when Boris Diaw grabs at least seven rebounds.

For the 11th time this season, Tony Parker scored at least20 points without making a triple. San Antonio has won the last six of those games.

D.J. Augustin and Jimmy Butler were the only Bulls players to attempt at least ten shots from the field (they average less than 15 attempts combined over their career).

Over the last 12 Chicago games, just one player has recorded a game-high point total multiple times: D.J. Augustin.

Joakim Noah scored 13 points, grabbed eight rebounds, handed out seven assists, and blocked two shots … lowering his March averages in every single statistical category in the process.

The Bulls have lost three of the last four games when Noah takes fewer than ten shots and won four straight when he takes at least ten shots.

The third game of the season was the last time in which Chicago lost a game that ended after four quarters where they scored at least 96 points.

Taj Gibson’s FG% dropped for a fourth consecutive game, doubling his longest prior streak this season.