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 Thunder/Lakers game.
The Thunder scored 30-plus points twice in this one, the first team this week that didn’t tally at least three 30 point quarters against the Lakers this week.
This was Kevin Durant’s 17th game since the beginning of December in which he recorded a double digit rebounds and/or assists, and his 27 points matched his lowest scoring performance over that stretch.
Durant shot 63.6% from the free throw line, the eighth time he’s been at 70% or lower in a game this season (he had one such regular season game all of last season).
Serge Ibaka set a career-high with his sixth consecutive game with multiple blocks and at least one assist.
For only the third time in his career, Russell Westbrook notched his third straight game with at seven assists and seven rebounds.
Westbrook committed eight turnovers, giving him 24 in the month of March (106 minutes of action). Reserve guard Reggie Jackson has totaled 24 turnovers in his last 393 minutes of action.
For the first time this season, Oklahoma City failed to have the games highest scorer in back-to-back games. Taking it a step further, it was the first time Kevin Durant didn’t recorded a game-high point in back-to-back games since January 22-24.
The Lakers are the third worst third quarter team in the NBA (outscored by an average of three points), yet they beat the Thunder (the ninth best third quarter team) by 17.
Los Angeles has won three games in the last three weeks, and this wasn’t the first time Jodie Meeks played a vital role. He’s shooting 64.3% from the field and averaging 28.3 points in those games.
Meeks made 13 free throws in Laker win in the previous nine weeks: he made 14 against the Thunder.
Kendall Marshall missed his only two free throw attempts in this game and is now 0/2 from the stripe in his last ten games (209 minutes).
Over the Lakers last nine games; they are 3-0 when Marshall records at least ten assists and three turnovers, 0-6 when he doesn’t.