SWIM: Spurs vs. Nuggets

Mar 26, 2014; San Antonio, TX, USA; San Antonio Spurs guard Tony Parker (9) talks with Kawhi Leonard (2) during the second half against the Denver Nuggets 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/Nuggets game.

The Spurs lost the last game in which Tim Duncan turned the ball over at least five times.

San Antonio lost the last three games in January that Duncan played at least 30 minutes: they’ve rattled off 12 straight wins in such games since.

On the heels of going nine straight games without shooting at least 60% from the field, Tiago Splitter has done so in five straight.

San Antonio has now won 17 straight games in which Kawhi Leonard made a free throw and a three pointer (26-2 for the season).

Danny Green made five three pointers in his 17 minutes of action: he hadn’t scored more than five points in a game where he played fewer than 20 minutes since Christmas.

Non-point guards (as labeled by ESPN) on the Spurs recorded 23 assists, a major advantage compared to the seven by such players for the Nuggets.

In his first five ten-plus point games with Denver, Aaron Brooks averaged 2.8 assists. In his last three such games, Brooks is averaging 10.7.

For the fourth time in 2.5 weeks, Ty Lawson turned the ball over at least four times in a road game against a Southwest team (New Orleans, Oklahoma City, Dallas, and San Antonio).

Kenneth Faried recorded his second double double in as many games, but Denver dropped both games. That hadn’t happened since February 10-12, 2013.

The Nuggets haven’t won a game in which Randy Foye failed to make a three pointer (minimum five minutes played) since the first day of December.

For the first time in his young career, Quincy Miller scored ten-plus points in back-to-back games. 

Evan Fourrnier’s point production declined for the four consecutive road game.