SWIM: Spurs vs. 76ers

Mar 24, 2014; San Antonio, TX, USA; San Antonio Spurs forward Tim Duncan (21) is defended by Philadelphia 76ers center Byron Mullens (30) during the first half at AT&T Center.

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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 Spurs/Sixers game.

For the first time since the third game of the season, Tim Duncan made more than half of his shots following a game he sat out.

Duncan’s 19 points were his most in a game that he didn’t block a shot in since he dropped 22 against the Jazz on December 14th.

In the last nine weeks, Austin Daye had taken six shots from the field. He made six triples tonight against the Sixers.

For the second time in four games, Boris Diaw recorded at least six points, six rebounds, and six assists in a single game. He had recorded such a stat line just once this season prior to the current run.

Marco Belinelli dished out eight dimes, tying a season-high that he has reached three times this season. The sharp-shooter has four seven-plus assist games this season, and his assist total has surpassed his shot total in three of those contests.

Over the last six weeks, Cory Joseph has notched an AR (assist plus rebound) total of at least 10 in all three games in which he has played more than 25 minutes.

Henry Sims’ career-high for assists in a week is ten … so handing out seven dimes tonight would be him on good pace to set a new mark.

Thaddeus Young missed 13 three pointers over the first month of the season. He has now missed 12 consecutive triples over the last two games.

For the first time since the Sixers were in playoff position, Michael Carter-Williams missed ten-plus shots for a third consecutive game.

James Anderson made two of his four three point attempts, a much needed performance after he had made just two of his previous 22 three point attempts.

Byron Mullens set or matched Sixer career-highs in: FGM, FGA, 3PM, 3PA, REBS, and PTS.