SWIM: Spurs vs. Rockets

Apr 14, 2014; Houston, TX, USA; San Antonio Spurs forward Damion James (7) reacts after a play during the fourth quarter against the Houston Rockets at Toyota Center. The Rockets defeated the Spurs 104-98.

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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/Rockets game.


For the first time in 2014, Boris Diaw recorded consecutive games with at least five rebounds and five assists.

Tony Parker had eight assists in his first game this month (28 minutes). He’s dished out just ___ dimes in the six games since.

This was the Spurs second loss to Houston this season in which Corey Joseph (1.6 apg for his career) handed out at least five assists.

Manu Ginobili missed all four of his three point tries: over the last two seasons, he’s only had two instances where he missed more triples without a make.

For just the second time this season, Tim Duncan played at least 30 minutes but failed to block a single shot.

Marco Belinelli’s last six four-plus assist games came on the road before this contest against the Rockets.

Jeremy Lin from the field in last three home games against playoff bound teams.

He’s played sparingly, but Dwight Howard is shooting 71.7% from the field over the last month.

Howard has two games with a PR (points plus rebounds) total of at least 37 since the all star break: the Rockets beat the Heat the first time and now the Spurs.

Houston won and Chandler Parsons made multiple three pointers, something that has been constant for quite some time. The Rockets haven’t won a game in which Parsons failed to make two-plus triples since March 17th.

The Rockets lost the final 36 minutes of this game by three points, but they won they beat the best first quarter team in the league by nine points in the first 12 minutes.