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Milwaukee Bucks finally see the win column in Phoenix

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The Milwaukee Bucks last night defeated the Phoenix Suns 98-94 in Phoenix snapping the team’s 24-game losing streak in Phoenix.

The last time the Bucks had beaten the Suns in Phoenix was March 9, 1987 when they won 118-110. For the record, of the 12 players who played for the Bucks in their win last night, five of them had not even been born yet when the Bucks last won in Phoenix: Ersen Ilyasova, Larry Sanders, Brandon Jennings, Ekpe Udoh and John Henson.

Now that the Bucks have a win over the Suns in the scorebook, the longest drought when it comes to road victories is now in Utah. The Bucks have not won a game at Utah since October 30, 2001. Here’s a look at where road wins have been rare for the Bucks.

Team, last road win for Bucks
1. Utah Jazz, last road win was Oct. 30, 2001. The Bucks have lost 10 straight road games to the Jazz.

2. New Orleans, last road win was Jan. 27, 2003. The Bucks have lost 11 straight road games to the Hornets.

3. Orlando, last road win was Dec. 29, 2004. The Bucks have lost 13 straight road games to the Magic.

4. Los Angeles Clippers, last road win was Dec. 4, 2007. The Bucks have lost four straight road games to the Clippers.

5. San Antonio, last road win was Dec. 30, 2008. The Bucks have lost three straight road games to the Spurs.

6. Minnesota, last road win was Nov. 6, 2009. The Bucks have lost two straight road games to the Timberwolves.

7. Memphis, last road win was Nov. 21, 2009. The Bucks have lost two straight road games to the Grizzlies.

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NBA Finals: Winning the game by winning the quarters

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The Oklahoma City Thunder were down 54-47 at halftime of Game 1 of the NBA Finals after losing the first quarter 29-22 and tying the Heat in the second quarter, 25-25. The Thunder won the game by winning the third quarter 27-19 and winning the fourth quarter 31-21.

So here’s a few questions to ponder: How important is it to win multiple quarters in the NBA Finals? Is it more important to win one particular quarter of the game? Can you win an NBA Finals game by outscoring your opponents in only one quarter and having them outscore your team in the other three quarters?

Looking at the quarter-by-quarter scores of the NBA Finals games since 2000 (68 games), it appears that the winning teams have had the most success in winning individual quarters two and three. Of the 272 quarters played in the 68 finals games since 2000, the winning team has won 167 quarters, lost 89 and tied in 16.

Following are the number of times the winning team won each of the four quarters in the NBA Finals since 2000.

First quarter: Won 35, Lost 26, Tied 7

Second quarter: Won 45. Lost 18, Tied 5

Third quarter: Won 45, Lost 20, Tied 3

Fourth quarter: Won 42, Lost 25, Tied 1

The Thunder were only the seventh team in the last 68 games to win a finals game without winning either of the first two quarters. The Dallas Mavericks accomplished this three times last year on their way to winning the 2011 NBA title over the Miami Heat. Could this be a trend for the Heat?

Since 2000, only four teams have won a finals game by outscoring their opponents in all four quarters. The four:

2008, Game 6:  Boston over L.A. Lakers 131-92

2006, Game 4: Miami over Dallas, 98-74

2005, Game 4: Detroit over San Antonio, 102-71

2003, Game 5: San Antonio over N.J. Nets, 93-83

On the flip side, there have been only four teams that have won a finals game since 2000 by winning only one quarter and being outscored by their opponents in the other three quarters. They were:

2011, Game 3: Miami over Dallas, 88-86 (they outscored the Mavs in the first quarter only)

2002, Game 1: L.A. Lakers over N.J. Nets, 99-94 (they outscored the Nets in the first quarter only)

2001, Game 1: Philadelphia over L.A. Lakers, 107-101 (they outscored the Lakers in the second quarter only)

2000, Game 6: L.A. Lakers over Indiana, 116-111 (they outscored the Pacers in the fourth quarter only)

Did you know? The winning team has won 43 of the 68 finals games where they were outscored by their opponents in only one of the four quarters.

Did you know, Part 2? Teams that outscored their opponents in two or more quarters won the series 61 times and lost 26 times since 2000 (a .701 winning percentage).

The moral of the story (stat): Outscore your opponent in at least two quarters and you’ll have a 70% chance of winning the game!

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NBA Playoffs: Analyzing the Tony Parker-Russell Westbrook matchup with 10 stats

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The Spurs and Thunder begin play in their Western Conference Finals tonight in San Antonio. One of the key matchups is at point guard where San Antonio’s Tony Parker will take on OKC’s Russell Westbrook. The two teams played three times during the regular season with the Spurs winning two of three. Parker averaged 23.7 in the three games while Westbrook was close behind with a 22.3 PPG. Although Westbrook outscored Parker in two of the three games, Parker had 42 in the Spurs’ February 4 win.

Here’s a look at some more stats from Spurs-Thunder games (and Parker-Westbrook matchups) in the past four seasons.

1. Since Westbrook came into the league in 2008, the two teams have played 14 games. The Spurs have won 10; the Thunder has won four. The Spurs were 5-2 at home and 5-2 in OKC.

2. Parker has had much better shooting games when the two teams have played. Parker has a field goal percentage of .493 in 13 games against the Thunder (he missed a game between the two teams in 2010) while Westbrook’s shooting percentage in 14 games against the Spurs is .373. Parker, however, is shooting .516 in games they won over the Thunder and only .429 in games lost to the Thunder.

3. Westbrook has a slightly better assists-to-turnover ratio when they two teams have faced off. Westbrook has 89 assists and 35 turnovers (2.54 ratio) while Parker had 80 assists and 38 turnovers (2.11 ratio).

4. Parker has averaged 20.2 PPG in 13 games against the Thunder in the last four years. Westbrook is averaging 16.3 in 14 games against the Spurs.

5. In the 13 games where the two players have faced each other, Parker has outscored Westbrook in seven of those games. When Parker outscores Westbrook the Spurs are 6-1.

6. When Westbrook gets 13-16 shots in a game against the Spurs, the Thunder are 4-2. When he takes more than 20 shots in a game against the Spurs, the Thunder are 0-4.

7. When Parker scores 20 or more points against OKC, the Spurs are 6-1.

8. When Westbrook commits three or more turnovers in a game versus the Spurs, the Thunder have lost all six games. When Parker commits two or fewer turnovers in a games against the Thunder, San Antonio is 3-1.

9. When Westbrook has 10 or more assists in a game against the Spurs, OKC is 2-1. When Parker has nine or more assists against the Thunder, the Spurs are 4-0.

10. Parker has averaged 18.6 PPG in home games against the Thunder in the past four seasons, 22.0 in games at OKC. Westbrook has averaged 17.6 PPG in home games against the Spurs since he came into the league, 15.0 in games in San Antonio.

Research Source: www.basketball-reference.com

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2012 NBA Playoffs: Win-Loss Records in Series-Deciding Games (1984-2011)

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How many of the NBA’s first-round playoff series do you think will go the full seven games? Based on the last nine years (the NBA went to seven-game first-round series format in 2003) there have only been 11 first-round series go seven games (11 of 72 series, 15.8 percent). In fact, the 2011 playoffs were the first since 1984 (when the league went to the current 16-teams-make-the-playoffs format) that none of the first-round playoff series went seven games.

Here’s a look at how many of the NBA playoff series have gone to a Game Seven since 1984:

First Round (since 2003): 11 of 72 series (15.8 percent)*

Conference Semifinals: 30 of the 112 series (26.8 percent)

Conference Finals: 12 of the 56 series (21.4 percent) Note: A Conference Finals series has not gone to a Game Seven since 2005!

NBA Finals: 5 of the 28 series (17.9 percent)

* From 1984-2002, the first-round series were five games. Of those 152 series, 52 (34.2 percent) went to a series-deciding Game Five. From 1984-2011, all series-deciding games (Game Five or Game Seven) happened in 63 of the 224 series, 28.1 percent. Total up all of the above and we see that since 1984, 110 of the 420 NBA playoff series has gone to a deciding-game (26.2 percent).

How well has your team done in series-deciding Game Five or Game Sevens since 1984?

Team, W/L in Deciding Games, (Game 7 W/L, Game 5 W/L)

Golden State 1-0, 1.000 (0-0, 1-0)

Dallas 6-1 .857 (4-1, 2-0)

L.A. Lakers 8-2, .800 (7-1, 1-1)

Phoenix 6-3 .667 (3-2, 3-1)

Boston 10-5 .667 (8-4, 2-1)

Denver 3-2 .600 (0-1, 3-1)

Atlanta 7-5 .583 (2-2, 5-3)

New York 8-6 .571 (3-5, 5-1)

Chicago 4-3 .571 (2-3, 2-0)

Utah 9-7 .563 (2-2, 7-5)

Detroit 8-7 .533 (5-3, 3-4)

Houston 6-6 .500 (4-4, 2-2)

Milwaukee 5-5 .500 (2-3, 3-2)

San Antonio 3-3 .500 (2-2, 1-1)

New Jersey 2-2 .500 (0-1, 2-1)

Orlando 2-2 .500 (2-1, 0-1)

Minnesota 1-1 .500 (1-0, 0-1)

Toronto 1-1 .500 (0-0, 1-1)

Oklahoma City/Seattle 6-8 .429 (3-2, 3-6)

Philadelphia 3-4 .429 (1-1, 2-3)

Miami 3-6 .333 (2-3, 1-2)

Portland 2-4 .333 (1-2, 1-2)

Cleveland 2-5 .286 (1-2, 1-3)

Indiana 2-6 .250 (2-3, 0-3)

Sacramento 0-5 .000 (0-3, 0-2)

L.A. Clippers 0-4 .000 (0-2, 0-2)

New Orleans/Charlotte Hornets 0-3 .000 (0-3, 0-0)

Washington 0-2 (0-1, 0-1)

Memphis 0-1 .000 (0-1, 0-0)

Charlotte Bobcats 0-0 .000 (0-0, 0-0)

Did you know? The Dallas Mavericks and Los Angeles Lakers have each have won four straight Game Sevens.

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2012 NBA Playoffs: Postseason wins and losses on the way to a title

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In the current NBA playoff format, teams must win four seven-game series to take the title, winning a total of 16 games. Since this format was instituted beginning with the 2003 playoffs, only two of the nine teams that won the title since lost five or fewer playoff games in their title season. Following are the playoff records of the last nine NBA champs.

Playoff record, Team, season

16-4 San Antonio, 2007

16-5 Dallas, 2011

16-7 L.A. Lakers, 2010

16-7 L.A. Lakers, 2009

16-7 Miami, 2006

16-7 San Antonio, 2005

16-7 Detroit, 2004

16-8 San Antonio, 2003

16-10 Boston, 2008

Boston’s 10 playoff losses in their 2008 championship run is the most of any team to win a title. The Celtics that season went to a Game Seven in their first-round series win over Atlanta and went to seven games in their second-round win over Cleveland. In both series, the home team won all seven games. They then lost two games in the conference finals and lost two games to the Lakers in the finals.

Following are the NBA champs who lost the most playoff games on their way to an NBA title.

Most postseason losses to win NBA Championship

10: Boston (2008)

9: L.A. Lakers (1988)

8: San Antonio (2003), L.A. Lakers (2000), Houston (1994), Boston (1984)

7: L.A. Lakers (2010), L.A. Lakers (2009), Miami (2006), San Antonio (2005), Detroit (2004), Houston (1995), Chicago (1992), Washington (1978), N.Y. Knicks (1970), Boston (1968)

In NBA history, 17 different teams have won 80 percent or more of their playoff games in a postseason. The 2001 Los Angeles Lakers compiled the best playoff record in league history as they won 15 and lost only one (a .938 winning percentage) that season. The 1983 Philadelphia 76ers are the only other team to have lost only one game in the playoffs on their way to a title. Following are the best postseason winning percentages in NBA history.

Best postseason winning percentage to win NBA Championship

1. L.A. Lakers, 2001….. 15-1 .938

2. Philadelphia 76ers, 1983….. 12-1 .923

3. San Antonio, 1999….. 15-2 .882; Chicago, 1991….. 15-2 .882; Detroit, 1989….. 15-2 .882

6. L.A. Lakers, 1982….. 12-2 .857; Milwaukee, 1971….. 12-2 .857

8. Chicago, 1996….. 15-3 .833; L.A. Lakers, 1987….. 15-3 .833; Boston, 1986….. 15-3 .833; Minneapolis Lakers, 1950….. 10-2 .833

12. San Antonio, 2007….. 16-4 .800; L.A.Lakers, 1972….. 12-3 .800; Boston, 1964….. 8-2 .800; Boston, 1961….. 8-2 .800; Minneapolis Lakers, 1949….. 8-2 .800; Philadelphia, 1947….. 8-2 .800

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