NBA Playoffs 2013: Key Statistics That Will Shock You
The 2013 NBA playoffs have lived up to the billing of their reputation, providing stunning upsets and jaw-dropping endings at every turn. Fortunately for those who missed the action, there are numbers that tell the story of the postseason.
Allow the following statistics to blow your mind.
Certain numbers are a reflection of the individual brilliance that certain players have put forth. Whether they've done so over a period of time or simply shined in one legendary game, an individual's achievements are not to be overlooked.
Other times, a team comes together for a magnificent performance.
A Legendary Win
On May 8, 2013, the Golden State Warriors defeated the San Antonio Spurs by a score of 100-91. The victory evened the series at 1-1 and saw Klay Thompson rise up for 34 points and 14 rebounds in 47 minutes of action.
In the process, Thompson set a career high for points scored, tallied his first ever double-double and converted eight three-point field goals—a franchise best.
Klay Thompson (not Steph Curry, not Chris Mullin) just set the Warriors franchise record for most 3s in a playoff game (7). NBA record is 9.— Numbers Never Lie (@ESPN_Numbers) May 9, 2013
That's what you call a coming-out party.
Not to be outdone by an individual player, the Warriors team had the greatest claim to fame in this one. Not only did they even the series at 1-1, but they won the game in San Antonio.
A rare achievement, to say the least.
Last night, @warriors won in San Antonio for 1st time since Feb. '97, when Mariano Rivera had 5 career saves & Tiger Woods had 0 major wins.— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) May 9, 2013
That's what you call a legendary win.
The Chicago Bulls are one of the most storied franchises in the history of professional basketball. More times than not, the glory and accolades are tied to a man who goes by the name of Michael Jordan.
Maybe you've heard of him.
One of Jordan's greatest claims to fame is his uncanny ability to step up in the clutch. This was on display in countless instances, but perhaps no more so than when Jordan scored a Bulls record 24 points during the fourth quarter of a playoff game.
On Apr. 27, 2013, Nate Robinson nearly broke that record.
Nate Robinson's 23 points in 4th quarter were 2nd most by Bulls player in a playoff quarter..Michael Jordan had 24 in quarter in 1990— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) April 28, 2013
It doesn't end there.
The Bulls have posted a plus/minus of plus-35 with Robinson on the floor and minus-29 without entering Game 2 of the Eastern Conference semifinals.
Is that good? It doesn't sound bad.
Stephen Curry's Third-Quarter Marksmanship
To say that Stephen Curry has been hot would be a complete and utter injustice to what he's been able to do. With that being said, there is one quarter that Curry is exceeding all expectations and doing the unthinkable.
Fresh out of the half, Curry has dominated the third quarter of playoff games.
According to NBA.com, Curry is averaging 11.1 points per third quarter through eight games. In that time, he's posting a slash line of .647/.607/.857.
He's been hot all postseason, but the third quarter seems to elevate Curry's game to an even more ungodly level.
As for his overall performance at the 2013 NBA playoffs, Curry has made 31 three-point field goals on a shooting percentage of 43.1. For perspective, Shane Battier led all players with 42 three-point field goals made during the 2012 postseason.
Battier did so while playing in 15 more games than Curry has thus far.
Furthermore, Curry's average of 3.9 three-point field goals made per game is the most of any player since Rex Chapman in 1997 (via Basketball-Reference). The difference, of course, is that Chapman played in just five games.
Curry is rapidly approaching the level of legends.
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