Looking at a box score is something anyone can do. Who lead my team in scoring? Howâd we shoot from the field? And while that knowledge is useful, does it really earn you bonus points around the water cooler? Thatâs why Iâm here. Iâm 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; youâre better than that. Use these nuggets to gain a unique perspective about last nightâs Thunder/Bulls game.
Prior to this game, the Thunder hadnât scored fewer than 105 points in a game that Serge Ibaka tallied five or fewer rebounds in 2014 (115.6 points per game over that stretch).
In seven of his last eight games with a made three pointer, Ibaka didnât miss one.
Kevin Durant made at least ten free throws for a season-high fourth straight game.
Since the all star break, the Thunder are under .500 when Durant hands out at least five assists.
Russell Westbrook is averaging nearly nine assists this month. If he continues that pace, it would be the second month this season in which he averages at least eight dimes: he had only one such month in the previous two seasons combined.
Only four of Reggie Jacksonâs last 13 games with multiple 3PM have come away from Oklahoma City.
For the first time in more than two months, Derek Fisher missed three three-pointers for the second consecutive game (more than 63% of his FGA are from behind the arc).
Taj Gibson shot under 43% from the field in this game (48.5% shooter for his career), yet he led the Bulls (minimum two shot attempts) in FG% against the Thunder.
Joakim Noah attempted at least six free throws while handing out seven assists for the fourth consecutive game: plateaus he had reached five times in his first 61 games of this season.
Chicago had won three straight games against playoff teams when Noah makes three or fewer shots.
D.J. Augustin has attempted 48 three pointers in nine March games: he attempted 24 shots in ten games as a member of the Raptors this season.
Carlos Boozer recorded a double double in a home loss for only the second time this season.