ItB – December 13

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ItB - December 13th

Inside the Boxscores – December 13th

Atlanta ended Cleveland’s 11-game winning streak on Saturday, dropping the Cavs’ record to 20-4, still the 3rd best record in the league. Atlanta improved to 14-9, the 4th best record in the East. At the other end of the spectrum, Oklahoma City lost their 5th straight to fall to 2-21. At this point there seems to be a clear demarcation in the West after the top nine teams. Dallas is 9th at 12-9 while Memphis is 10th at 8-15, a full five games behind the Mavericks.

Stat lines of the Night:

Good:

Dirk Nowitzki, Dallas: Dirk led the Mavs to a victory over Oklahoma City with a season-high 46 points. Dirk went 17-30 from the floor, made all ten free throws, and was one of just two Mavs in double figures (Jason Terry had 28).

Bad:

Delonte West, Cleveland: West shot just 5-19 from the field and posted a -19 +/-, contributing mightily to the loss to the Hawks. West did have 5 assists and 3 steals, but a subpar shooting night helped doom Cleveland in a close loss.

Ugly:

Stephen Jackson, Golden State: A second consecutive terrible night for Jackson. After going 2-14 on Friday, he followed that up with a 1-13 effort Saturday against Denver. Jackson finished with just 4 points in 31 minutes and posted a -25 +/- in an 18-point loss to the Nuggets.

Worth Mentioning:

Vince Carter, New Jersey: One night after going 0-13 from the floor, Carter poured in 39 points in a losing cause against the Bulls.

Al Harrington, New York: Harrington scored 33 points in 35 minutes in a 24-point blowout win over Sacramento. Harrington hit 5 of the Knicks’ 13 three-pointers and added 6 rebounds and 4 assists.

David Lee, New York: Lee had 17 points and 19 rebounds in 35 minutes for the Knicks.

Samuel Dalembert, Philadelphia: Here comes the Bear! Dalembert hauled in 17 rebounds in the 76ers win over Washington.

Zach Randolph, L.A. Clippers: Another excellent night for Randolph as he poured in 30 points and 13 rebounds in the Clippers home win over Houston.

Milwaukee Bucks: Milwaukee drubbed Indiana as four Bucks scored at least 20 points – Michael Redd (27), Charlie Villanueva (26), Andre Bogut (20 plus 20 rebounds), and Richard Jefferson (20).

Best +/-:

Kenyon Martin, Denver, & Nate Robinson, New York: +26

Worst +/-:

Raja Bell, Charlotte, & Jamal Crawford, Golden State: -26

(Note: +/- calculates the points scored and allowed by a team while a specific player is on the floor. While not a foolproof stat, it does give an idea of the effectiveness – or lack thereof – of a team while each player was in the game.)

Most Points:

Nowitzki: 42

Most Rebounds:

Bogut: 20

Most Assists:

Andre Miller, Philadelphia: 12

Miscellaneous Stats:

Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City: 5 steals

Trillions:

Joe Alexander, Milwaukee 0:59

(Note: A “trillion” is a stat I first read about in an issue of Sports Illustrated several years ago. The phrase was coined to describe the stat line of a player who got into a game but accumulated no stats. Trillion became a mocking name for the player’s outing because the boxscore showed minutes played, following by 12 stats that were all zeroes. A player with 3 minutes played and no other stats racked up a 3 trillion. The NBA now calculates playing time down to the second so a 3 million may be a “2:33 trillion” now. I will list the trillions in order from most time played to least. A trillion is something to be celebrated in a mocking manner – somehow a player managed to do nothing in his time on the floor; no shot attempts, no rebounds, no assists, no turnover, not even any fouls. You and I could easily tally a trillion in an NBA so we poke fun at those who get paid to turn in such an effort.)

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~ by Bristol on December 13, 2008.

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