SWIM: Thunder vs. Bobcats

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/Bobcats game.

I’m not saying Al Jefferson does everything for Charlotte, but he was the only starter to shoot better than 40% from the field and the only one to block a shot in addition to outscoring the four of them by three points.

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist has recorded nine fouls and eight points in the Bobcats last three road losses.

Anthony Tolliver extended his streak of consecutive games with fewer than four two point field goal attempts to 22.

Bismack Biyombo was perfect from the field, a predictable stat line because he missed one in his last game. The 21-year-old center has not missed a shot in consecutive games in 47 days.

The Bobcats averaged more points per shot than the Thunder is this game … and still lost by 17.

Over the last 1.5 months, Kemba Walker is shooting 28.2% from the field in losses, never shooting better than 36.8% over that stretch.

Russell Westbrook attempted 12 shots, something of a magic number this season for the explosive point guard. He’s made 66.7% of his shots this season in games in which he takes exactly 12 shots.

The Thunder have won seven of the last eight games in which Westbrook has turned the ball over at least five times.

Kevin Durant failed to make a three pointer, but he still managed to score 28 points. KD is averaging 27.4 points in games without a 3PM.

Oklahoma City has won nine straight regular season games when Serge Ibaka makes a three pointer and grabs at least ten rebounds.

The Thunder didn’t need to make a single mid-range jump shot to win this game. They scored 60 points in the paint, 24 from the three point line, and 26 from the free throw line while the Bobcats finished with 99 total points.

Since the beginning of December, OKC has won eight of ten games played on Sunday, averaging 111.9 points in the process.