SWIM: Spurs vs. Lakers

Los Angeles Lakers center Pau Gasol (left) tries to strip the ball away from San Antonio Spurs forward Tim Duncan (right) during the second half at AT&T Center.

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/Lakers game.

The Spurs bench (76 points) scored more points than San Antonio’s starters and the Lakers bench combined (74).

Tim Duncan is playing less these days, but his productivity hasn’t gone anywhere. He is averaging 16.6 per 48 minutes this month, 1.3 more rebounds per 48 minutes than his career average.

The Spurs have won 13 straight, and 16 of their last 17, when Patty Mills makes a three pointer.

Matt Bonner missed as many three pointers tonight (four) as he had since the beginning of last season against the Lakers.

I understand that Danny Green is on the floor for his shooting, but the Spurs might want to move him closer to the basket. San Antonio improved to 15-1 this season when the sharp-shooter grabs at least five rebounds.

For the sixth time in his last 15 games, Kawhi Leonard finished with multiple blocks, steals, and assists. He had only accomplished that statistical feat three times in his first 192 games.

The 85 points scored by the Lakers were the fewest on the road in a game where Pau Gasol recorded a double double this season.

The Lakers are 0-5 this month when Gasol plays fewer than 34 minutes. They’ve only won one such game in the last 13 occurrences.

Kendall Marshall is averaging one made two-point field goal every 33.7 minutes in his last 11 games.

Since Thursday of last week, the Lakers point differential in games where Jodie Meeks averages less than one point per shot is -82. Prior to that point, Los Angeles was outscored by 58 points in such games for the entire season.