VIDEO: Warriors-Rockets: By the Numbers
HANG TIME NEW JERSEY — It was a record-setting season for the Golden State Warriors: 73 wins, 24 to start the season, 1,000 3-pointers, and a full, 82-game slate without ever losing two straight.
These Warriors will stand as one of the best teams in NBA history no matter what happens in the next nine weeks. But if they don’t cap this historic season with another championship, all those records will come with a mental asterisk.
At no point in the season did the Warriors lose more than twice in any seven-game stretch. So it’s difficult to imagine them losing four in seven in the playoffs. But stranger things have happened. The quest for a repeat begins with 4-7 games against the league’s most disappointing team. The Houston Rockets are lucky to be here after 15-game drop in the standings from last season.
Here are some statistical notes to get you ready for the 1-8 series in the West, with links to let you dive in and explore more.
Golden State Warriors (73-9)
Pace: 101.6 (2)
OffRtg: 112.5 (1)
DefRtg: 100.9 (4)
NetRtg: +11.6 (2)
- Scored 8.6 more points per 100 possessions than the league average, the third best mark since the league started counting turnovers in 1977, trailing only the 2003-04 Mavs (9.5) and 2004-05 Suns (8.8).
- Effective field goal percentage of 56.3 percent is the highest in NBA history, eclipsing the mark (55.4 percent) of the 2013-14 Miami Heat.
- Assisted on 68.0 percent of their baskets, the highest rate in the league.
- Outscored opponents by 20.0 points per 100 possessions in the first quarter, the best mark by any team in any quarter since 1996-97, when the Utah Jazz outscored opponents by 21.9 in the third period.
- Stephen Curry hit 85 more pull-up 3-pointers than any other player in the league. Klay Thompson hit 61 more catch-and-shoot 3-pointers than any other player.
- The Warriors outscored their opponents by 1,070 points with Draymond Green on the floor and by 1,022 points with Curry on the floor. Those are the two best plus-minus marks since the league started tracking play-by-play in 1996-97. Thompson’s mark of plus-836 is the sixth best mark in that time.
Houston Rockets (41-41)
Pace: 100.1 (7)
OffRtg: 105.5 (8)
DefRtg: 105.6 (21)
NetRtg: -0.2 (15)
- Took 37.0 percent of their shots from 3-point range, leading the league for the third straight season.
- Opponents shot 36.1 percent from 3-point range, up from 32.2 percent last season. That was the biggest increase in the league.
- Trevor Ariza and James Harden played 2,602 minutes together, more than any other combination in the league.
- Ariza led the league in corner 3-pointers for the third straight season. His 89 corner threes were 21 more than any other player and the most in the last 7 seasons. He took a lot more from the right corner (57-for-148, 38.5%), but actually shot them better from the left corner (32-for-63, 50.8%). Harden assisted Ariza on 40 of those 89 corner threes and led the league with 106 total assists on corner threes.
- Harden led the league with 549 isolation possessions, 166 more than any other player.
- Dwight Howard‘s usage rate of 18.7 percent was his lowest since his rookie season.
- Outscored opponents by 6.9 points per 100 possessions in 681 minutes with Howard on the floor with either Clint Capela or Donatas Motiejunas, but were outscored by 2.6 in 1,599 minutes when Howard was on the floor without either of them.
- Curry and Harrison Barnes were out for the second meeting. No Warriors lineup played more than 13 minutes against the Rockets.
- The Rockets had a free throw rate (FTA/FGA) of 0.405, the highest of any team against the Warriors.
- The Warriors outscored the Rockets by 54 minutes in 93 minutes with Andre Iguodala on the floor and were outscored by 17 points in 51 minutes with Iguodala on the bench. His 44 total points were the most he scored against any opponent.
- Howard averaged 10.7 shots per game, his highest average against any Western Conference opponent.