Stats & Info: Toronto Raptors

Top stats to know: Raptors at Nets

May, 2, 2014
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Credit: AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Nathan DenetteDeMar DeRozan and the Raptors take on the Nets in Game 6 Friday night

The Brooklyn Nets will try to avoid elimination at home Friday night against the Toronto Raptors on ESPN2.

Here are the top stats to know for each team heading into Game 6.

Nets
The Nets are 0-4 all-time as an NBA franchise in best-of-7 series when trailing 3-2.

They are trying to be the first Eastern Conference 6-seed to beat a 3-seed since the Nets beat the Raptors in the 2007 first round. Current Nets head coach Jason Kidd averaged a triple-double in that series with 14 PPG, 10 RPG and 13.2 APG.

Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett have 277 games worth of playoff experience while the entire Raptors roster has just 202. The Nets duo has combined for 5,467 points in their postseason careers, more than four and a half times that of the Raptors roster (1,208).

Experience isn’t everything in this series, however. The Nets were outscored by 31 points in 24 minutes with Pierce on the court in Game 5, his worst plus-minus in any game since May 10, 2008, against the Cavaliers.

Deron Williams is averaging 23.0 points and 1.5 turnovers per game in the two Nets victories. In their three losses Williams is averaging 12.7 points and 3.7 turnovers per game.

Raptors
The Raptors are seeking their second playoff series win in franchise history. They defeated the New York Knicks in the first round in 2001. The Raptors’ 13 year drought is tied for the 2nd-longest active drought in the NBA. Only the Trail Blazers have gone longer without a playoff series win (14 years).

Kyle Lowry scored 17 of his career playoff high 36 points when guarded by Williams in Game 5. Lowry is now averaging 21.8 points per game in the series, five more points per game than Williams.

DeMar DeRozan registered his 4th straight 20-point playoff game in Game 5, the 2nd-longest streak in Raptors history behind (Vince Carter's 8.

Should the Raptors win this series, they will face the Heat in the Eastern Conference Semifinals. The Raptors are 0-14 against the Heat in the James-Wade-Bosh era (start of the 2010-11 season).

Next Level nuggets from Saturday

April, 20, 2014
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It was a wild opening to the NBA playoffs. Three of the four games were won by road teams, just the second time in NBA history that three road teams won Game 1 of the First Round on the first day of the postseason. It also happened in 1996.

Playoff games are all about matchups. Here are the biggest ones from the four Saturday games.

Nets 94, Raptors 87

Paul Pierce
Pierce
The story of this game was Paul Pierce, who scored nine of his 15 points in the 4th quarter. Seven of those nine points were scored when Patrick Patterson was the primary defender.

DeMar DeRozan, however, had a much more disappointing day. He was 3-for-13 from the floor, including 1-for-9 on jump shots.

DeRozan averaged 9.6 points per game on jump shots during the regular season, tied for seventh best in the NBA..

Warriors 109, Clippers 105

Chris Paul scored 28 points Saturday, but struggled with Klay Thompson as his primary defender. Paul missed his first eight shots when guarded by Thompson, who also forced three of his six turnovers.

But Doc Rivers and the Clippers shouldn't want Paul to score that much. They now have seven wins and five losses this season when Paul scores 25 points or more. They're 37-12 when Paul scores fewer than 25.

Hawks 101, Pacers 93

Jeff Teague helped to snap the Hawks eight-game road playoff losing streak, scoring 28 points, a new playoff career high. 78 percent of his field goal attempts came on drives, and he scored 20 points on those shots (including free throws).

Teague averaged just 5.6 points per game on drives during the regular season.

Roy Hibbert, however, continued to struggle. Hibbert was 4-for-9 from the floor Saturday and has not made a shot outside the paint since April 4.

In his first 77 games this season, he shot 40 percent on such shots.

Thunder 100, Grizzlies 86

Kevin Durant
Durant
Kevin Durant had 33 points, eight rebounds and seven assists. That makes nine straight postseason games where Durant had 20 points, five rebounds and five assists, tied for the fourth-longest streak in NBA history.

The only Grizzlies player that could contain Durant Saturday was Tony Allen. He held Durant to 13 points on 5-of-14 shooting (36 percent) Saturday, but Durant scored 20 points on 8-of-11 shooting (73 percent) against everyone else.

But we all knew Durant is good and would be tough to stop. What we didn't know was how bad the Grizzlies would be outside of the paint.

Memphis missed its first 18 shots from outside the paint Saturday before hitting their last attempt of the second quarter. The Thunder outscored the Grizzlies 23-3 outside the paint in the first half, making up most of Memphis' 22-point halftime deficit.

"Wow Stats" for every NBA Playoff series

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David Liam Kyle/NBAE/Getty ImagesKevin Durant has the fourth-highest postseason scoring average in NBA history.
The NBA playoffs get underway on Saturday. Before they do, here’s a stat you should know on each of the eight first-round series.

(1) San Antonio Spurs vs (8) Dallas Mavericks

• 29: The Spurs and Mavericks have played 29 playoff games dating back to the 2000-01 season, one behind the Spurs and Lakers for the most playoff games between two teams in that time. Dallas and San Antonio are separated by just 33 points over those 29 meetings, just over one point per game.

(2) Oklahoma City Thunder vs (7) Memphis Grizzlies
• 28.6: Kevin Durant is averaging 28.6 points per game in his playoff career. In NBA history, the only players with a higher playoff scoring average are Michael Jordan (33.4), Allen Iverson (29.7) and Jerry West (29.1).

(3) Los Angeles Clippers vs (6) Golden State Warriors
• 484: The “Splash Brothers”, Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson, have combined for 484 3-pointers this season, the most by a pair of teammates in a single NBA season. Whose record did they break? Their own (483 last season).

(4) Houston Rockets vs (5) Portland Trail Blazers
• 45.6: The Blazers allowed 45.6 points in the paint per game this season, the worst of any playoff team. Houston’s Dwight Howard averaged 13.1 paint points per game this season, fifth-most in the league.

(1) Indiana Pacers vs (8) Atlanta Hawks
• .480: Both teams went 12-13 in their final 25 games for a .480 winning percentage. Only two teams in NBA history were under .500 in their final 25 games and went on to win the NBA championship: the 1957-58 Hawks and 1994-95 Rockets.

(2) Miami Heat vs (7) Charlotte Bobcats
• 15: The Heat and Bobcats have met 15 times since LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh joined forces before the 2010-11 season. Miami has won all 15. In that same time, Miami is 14-0 against the Raptors, a possible opponent in the next round.

(3) Toronto Raptors vs (6) Brooklyn Nets
• 2 and 3: On the morning of January 1st, the Raptors and Nets both had a losing record. Since then, however, they’ve been two of the Eastern Conference’s best. The Nets have the second-best win percentage since January 1 (.667), the Raptors are third (.642).

(4) Chicago Bulls vs (5) Washington Wizards
• 7.8: Nobody dominated the ball like John Wall this season. He averaged 7.8 minutes of possession per game, most in the league. That’s roughly 16 percent of a regulation game.

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