Friday, January 25, 2013
Inside the numbers: San Antonio Spurs at Mavs
By Marc Stein
Five dribbles of info to get you ready for tonight's game between the San Antonio Spurs and the Dallas Mavericks in the first half of ESPN's Friday night doubleheader:
* The Mavs have won five of their last six games while scoring an average of 110.7 points per game over that span. Dallas had only one six-game span last season in which it scored that freely, averaging 110.8 points in six games from April 10-18, 2012.
* O.J. Mayo's field-goal percentage (.408 last season to .459 in 2012-13), free-throw percentage (.773 to .861), and three-point percentage (.364 to 426) have all increased by at least 50 percentage points. No other player who appeared in at least 50 games last season has improved in each of those categories by such a significant amount from last season to this one (minimum: 50 games played in 2011-12).
*According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Mavs forward Elton Brand has made 67.9 percent of his shots from the floor (36-for-53) in the fourth quarter this season. That’s the second-highest field-goal percentage in the fourth quarter for any player with at least 50 attempts behind only the Knicks’ Tyson Chandler (80.8 percent). The Mavericks, as a team, are ninth in the league at 44.2 percent shooting in fourth quarters. San Antonio ranks No. 1 in the league 48.9 percent in the fourth quarter.
* The Spurs have already beaten the Mavs twice this season by at least 25 points each time. The Bulls (over Cleveland) and the Heat (over Washington) are the only other teams with multiple 25-or-more routs against a single opponent. San Antonio has never, in any season, posted three wins of that magnitude over the same opponent.
* San Antonio's Tony Parker has made 52 percent of his field-goal attempts this season, which is the highest percentage for any player who has started at least 30 games as a guard. The only other guard who has started 30 games this season and converted at least half of his shots from the floor, according to the Elias Sports Bureau, is Miami's Dwyane Wade (51 percent).