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November 14, 2011
Sim Season
Getting into the Grind

by Bradford Doolittle

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We're beginning our third week of Sim Season and as things settle down and we begin to feel the rhythms of the long slog of an NBA campaign, we get a sense of just how much we've lost to the league's labor situation. In any event, we keep marching on.

It's Monday, which means Power Rankings. Last week, I chose to disassociate myself from the Power Rankings as much as possible, even though it's my formula. This week, I'll take credit for this glimpse into how Sim Season's hierarchy appears to be shaking out. It really doesn't take that long for NBA teams to slot themselves. It won't be till the middle of December or so before we can be confident that our rankings have outlasted early-season schedule disparities, but even now, we are beginning to get a sense for each team's baseline strength.

TEAM, POW                          TEAM, POW
 1. lakers,losangeles, 66.6        16. trailblazers,portland, 38.6
 2. heat,miami, 65.8               17. hawks,atlanta, 36.4
 3. suns,phoenix, 65.6             18. hornets,neworleans, 36.4
 4. spurs,sanantonio, 59.7         19. pacers,indiana, 36.3
 5. nuggets,denver, 58.1           20. 76ers,philadelphia, 33.4
 6. celtics,boston, 53.4           21. clippers,losangeles, 30.6
 7. grizzlies,memphis, 52.2        22. warriors,goldenstate, 30.2
 8. magic,orlando, 48.8            23. pistons,detroit, 27.6
 9. thunder,oklahomacity, 48.8     24. nets,newjersey, 26.8
10. mavericks,dallas, 46.2         25. cavaliers,cleveland, 24.7
11. timberwolves,minnesota, 46.0   26. rockets,houston, 23.6
12. bobcats,charlotte, 45.4        27. raptors,toronto, 18.2
13. knicks,newyork, 42.4           28. jazz,utah, 16.2
14. bulls,chicago, 41.2            29. wizards,washington, 11.0
15. bucks,milwaukee, 39.3          30. kings,sacramento, 8.5
NOTE: POW, our formula for a team's power rating, is an estimate of
a team's "true talent" level expressed as wins per 82 games. The 
formula takes into account point differential, home-road performance,
record in close games and strength of schedule.

Through last night, we've played the 95 games the NBA hasn't as part of Sim Season, our Strat-O-Matic simulation of the locked out 2011-12 season. We'll be doing this every day, so check back tomorrow for the results of tonight's action. You can follow me on Twitter for periodic updates on the action. Watch for the #simseason hashtag.

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TIMBERWOLVES 109, NETS 82: Minnesota and New Jersey entered Sunday's game in Newark with 3-2 records, both teams among the pleasant surprises during the early part of Sim Season. The T-Wolves jumped out to the early lead thanks to a 19-point first period from Michael Beasley. Anthony Randoph came off the bench for an 11-point second quarter as Minnesota surged to a 17-point halftime lead. It just got worse for the Nets from there. Beasley scored 26 to lead Minnesota, though he took a beastly 30 shots to get there. Kevin Love happily played functionary, scoring 10 points with 12 boards and six assists. Ricky Rubio had eight points, eight assists, four rebounds and a pair of steals.

STRAT-O-MATIC BOX SCORE
MINNESOTA                   21 36 26 26  109
NEW JERSEY                  18 22 25 17   82

                 ----FG--- ---3PT--- ---FT---       REBOUNDS
NAME        MIN  MD AT PCT MD AT PCT MD AT PCT +/-  OF DF  T AS PF ST TO BK PTS
K.LOVE       36   3  7  43  0  2   0  4  4 100  19   0 12 12  6  3  1  3  0  10
M.BEASLEY    30  12 30  40  0  3   0  2  3  67  12   2  2  4  0  2  1  0  4  26
W.JOHNSON    27   4  5  80  1  1 100  0  0       8   0  2  2  3  1  0  2  0   9
D.MILICIC    25   3  9  33  0  0      1  2  50  10   1  5  6  1  3  0  1  0   7
R.RUBIO      28   2  6  33  0  0      4  4 100  15   0  4  4  8  2  2  0  0   8
L.RIDNOUR    20   4  8  50  1  3  33  0  0      12   0  1  1  3  1  1  3  0   9
A.TOLLIVER    7   0  0      0  0      2  2 100   7   0  0  0  0  1  0  0  0   2
W.ELLINGTON  12   0  0      0  0      0  0       7   0  0  0  3  1  0  0  0   0
M.WEBSTER    15   3  5  60  1  1 100  0  0      15   1  1  2  1  0  0  0  0   7
A.RANDOLPH   19  10 16  62  1  1 100  2  2 100  22   2  4  6  0  1  0  0  0  23
B.MILLER      2   0  0      0  0      0  0      -2   0  0  0  0  1  0  0  0   0
D.WILLIAMS   19   2  3  67  0  0      4  4 100  10   2  7  9  3  0  0  0  0   8
MINNESOTA    48  43 89  48  4 11  36 19 21  90       8 38 46 28 16  5  9  4 109
                 ----FG--- ---3PT--- ---FT---       REBOUNDS
NAME        MIN  MD AT PCT MD AT PCT MD AT PCT +/-  OF DF  T AS PF ST TO BK PTS
B.LOPEZ      35   7 22  32  0  0      6 10  60 -19   3  3  6  0  4  1  3  1  20
D.WILLIAMS   38   7 20  35  3 13  23  0  0     -27   0  3  3  6  4  0  3  0  17
T.OUTLAW     21   2  7  29  1  2  50  2  2 100  -7   2  5  7  0  2  0  0  1   7
K.HUMPHRIES  28   5 11  45  0  0      3  3 100 -15   5  5 10  0  2  0  1  0  13
A.MORROW     32   1  4  25  1  2  50  0  0     -25   0  5  5  7  0  1  0  0   3
J.FARMAR     17   1  5  20  1  4  25  2  2 100 -10   0  0  0  2  0  0  0  0   5
S.GRAHAM      2   0  0      0  0      0  0       3   0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0   0
J.PETRO      11   2  4  50  0  0      0  0      -9   0  0  0  0  2  0  1  1   4
B.WRIGHT      2   0  0      0  0      0  0       1   0  0  0  1  0  0  0  0   0
D.JAMES      10   2  4  50  0  0      0  0       0   1  4  5  0  2  0  1  0   4
M.BROOKS     24   3  5  60  0  0      0  0     -15   2  1  3  3  1  1  2  0   6
J.WILLIAMS   20   1  4  25  0  0      1  2  50 -12   1  5  6  0  3  1  1  0   3
NEW JERSEY   48  31 86  36  6 21  29 14 19  74      14 31 45 19 20  4 12  3  82

MINNESOTA                   NEW JERSEY
     Fast Break Pts  14          Fast Break Pts  18
  Second Chance Pts  10       Second Chance Pts   6
Points in the Paint  28     Points In the Paint  20
       Biggest Lead  31            Biggest Lead   6

BASKETBALL PROSPECTUS BOX SCORE
MIN (4-2)...........PLY%  USG   PCP  +/-   GR  NJN (3-3)...........PLY%  USG   PCP  +/-   GR
randolph,anthony.....40%  40%  1.29  +22 20.8  williams,deron.......79%  27%  0.90  -27 18.7
beasley,michael......63%  47%  0.76  +12 20.6  lopez,brook..........73%  39%  0.59  -19 17.2
rubio,ricky..........58%  11%  1.96  +15 14.0  humphries,kris.......58%  21%  1.04  -15 14.0
love,kevin...........75%  13%  1.43  +19 13.3  morrow,anthony.......67%   3%  4.37  -25  8.4
williams,derrick.....40%  10%  2.72  +10 11.4  brooks,marshon.......50%  11%  1.35  -15  7.4
ridnour,luke.........42%  24%  1.03  +12 10.5  outlaw,travis........44%  16%  1.14  - 7  7.2
johnson,wesley.......56%  10%  1.73  + 8  9.8  farmar,jordan........35%  14%  1.18  -10  5.9
milicic,darko........52%  18%  0.72  +10  7.7  james,damion.........21%  22%  0.87    0  3.7
webster,martell......31%  14%  1.74  +15  7.5  williams,jordan......42%  11%  0.71  -12  3.5
ellington,wayne......25%   4%  1.83  + 7  1.8  petro,johan..........23%  20%  0.62  - 9  2.4
tolliver,anthony.....15%   4%  1.93  + 7  1.2  wright,brandan....... 4%  25%  0.66  + 1  0.7
miller,brad.......... 4%  24%  0.00  - 2  0.0  graham,stephen....... 4%  25%  0.00  + 3  0.0
PACE: 92.0          ORTG eFG%  oRB%  TO% FTA%  PACE: 92.0          ORTG eFG%  oRB%  TO% FTA%
TIMBERWOLVES.....  118.5 .506  .205 .098 .100  NETS.............   89.2 .395  .269 .130 .091

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CLIPPERS 117, 76ERS 101: Philly's 3-2 start to the season has been solid, but its start to Sunday's game at the Staples Center was not. All five Clippers starters scored during a 15-2 burst to begin the game. Mo Williams' trey put L.A. up by 12 late in the first quarter and the Clippers led by double digits for the remainder of the game. Williams led the way with 37 points and hit 6-of-7 from three-point range. The Clips hit 12-of-25 from deep as a team. The Sixers actually shot a better percentage on treys (11-of-22) but couldn't overcome L.A.'s 59-percent showing from the floor.

STRAT-O-MATIC BOX SCORE
PHILADELPHIA                23 22 35 21  101
LOS ANGELES C               37 30 29 21  117

                 ----FG--- ---3PT--- ---FT---       REBOUNDS
NAME        MIN  MD AT PCT MD AT PCT MD AT PCT +/-  OF DF  T AS PF ST TO BK PTS
J.HOLIDAY    35   9 20  45  3  4  75  2  2 100  -4   3  2  5  9  3  0  3  0  23
E.BRAND      34   7 12  58  0  0      0  0      -9   1  4  5  1  0  2  2  0  14
A.IGUODALA   41   6 12  50  1  3  33  0  0     -14   1 10 11  5  2  2  2  0  13
J.MEEKS      30   4  9  44  4  9  44  0  0     -12   0  2  2  0  0  0  3  0  12
S.HAWES      19   3  6  50  0  0      2  2 100  -5   1  1  2  2  2  1  3  1   8
T.YOUNG      20   8 12  67  0  0      0  0      -3   1  1  2  0  2  1  1  0  16
E.TURNER     25   0  3   0  0  0      0  0      -5   0  1  1  5  2  0  0  0   0
L.WILLIAMS   13   3  8  38  3  6  50  2  2 100 -12   0  0  0  2  1  0  1  0  11
A.NOCIONI     6   2  2 100  0  0      0  0      -3   1  2  3  0  1  0  0  0   4
M.SPEIGHTS    6   0  3   0  0  0      0  0      -3   1  1  2  1  1  0  0  0   0
N.VUCEVIC    11   0  2   0  0  0      0  0     -10   2  1  3  1  0  0  0  0   0
PHILADELPHI  48  42 89  47 11 22  50  6  6 100      11 25 36 26 14  6 15  1 101
                 ----FG--- ---3PT--- ---FT---       REBOUNDS
NAME        MIN  MD AT PCT MD AT PCT MD AT PCT +/-  OF DF  T AS PF ST TO BK PTS
B.GRIFFIN     7   5  6  83  0  0      0  0      13   0  4  4  0  0  0  1  0  10
E.GORDON     33   6 13  46  0  2   0  2  3  67  18   0  1  1  6  0  1  1  0  14
R.GOMES      24   3  6  50  1  4  25  0  0       6   0  3  3  1  1  1  1  0   7
D.JORDAN     25   5  6  83  0  0      0  0      12   4  8 12  2  5  1  1  4  10
E.BLEDSOE     7   1  2  50  0  0      1  2  50  13   0  0  0  4  0  0  0  0   3
M.WILLIAMS   40  13 21  62  6  7  86  5  7  71   5   0  3  3 11  2  2  4  1  37
R.FOYE       21   4  7  57  2  5  40  0  0       6   0  2  2  2  1  1  0  0  10
A.AMINU      18   4  9  44  3  6  50  0  0       2   1  4  5  1  0  1  0  0  11
C.KAMAN      23   3  4  75  0  0      1  2  50   4   1  3  4  0  2  0  2  1   7
C.SMITH      39   4  8  50  0  1   0  0  0       4   2  5  7  1  2  1  4  0   8
W.WARREN      1   0  0      0  0      0  0      -2   0  0  0  1  0  0  0  0   0
T.THOMPKINS   2   0  0      0  0      0  0      -1   0  0  0  0  0  0  0  1   0
LOS ANGELES  48  48 82  59 12 25  48  9 14  64       8 33 41 29 13  8 14  7 117

PHILADELPHIA                LOS ANGELES C
     Fast Break Pts  10          Fast Break Pts  26
  Second Chance Pts  10       Second Chance Pts   6
Points in the Paint  42     Points In the Paint  26
       Biggest Lead   0            Biggest Lead  26

BASKETBALL PROSPECTUS BOX SCORE
PHI (3-3)...........PLY%  USG   PCP  +/-   GR  LAC (3-4)...........PLY%  USG   PCP  +/-   GR
holiday,jrue.........73%  31%  1.20  - 4 26.6  williams,maurice.....83%  33%  1.56  + 5 40.5
iguodala,andre.......85%  14%  1.43  -14 17.7  gordon,eric..........69%  21%  1.10  +18 15.0
young,thaddeus.......42%  30%  1.06  - 3 13.9  foye,randy...........44%  14%  1.78  + 6 12.4
meeks,jodie..........63%  17%  1.20  -12 13.8  jordan,deandre.......52%  12%  2.02  +12 12.1
brand,elton..........71%  18%  1.10  - 9 13.2  aminu,alfarouq.......38%  23%  1.57  + 2 12.0
williams,lou.........27%  35%  1.26  -12  9.5  smith,craig..........81%  13%  0.82  + 4  8.3
hawes,spencer........40%  23%  0.90  - 5  6.9  griffin,blake........15%  48%  1.31  +13  8.3
nocioni,andres.......13%  14%  2.14  - 3  3.4  gomes,ryan...........50%  12%  1.25  + 6  8.2
turner,evan..........52%   3%  1.69  - 5  3.0  kaman,chris..........48%  13%  1.02  + 4  6.3
vucevic,nikola.......23%   6%  1.10  -10  1.7  bledsoe,eric.........15%  18%  1.92  +13  4.4
speights,marreese....13%  22%  0.37  - 3  1.1  warren,willie........ 2%  51%  0.68  - 2  0.7
allen,lavoy..........(DNP)                     thompkins,trey....... 4%  25%  0.21  - 1  0.2
PACE: 91.1          ORTG eFG%  oRB%  TO% FTA%  PACE: 91.1          ORTG eFG%  oRB%  TO% FTA%
76ERS............  110.9 .534  .250 .165 .029  CLIPPERS.........  128.4 .659  .242 .154 .068

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MAGIC 95, HAWKS 78: Orlando and Atlanta slogged through the first quarter with the Magic holding a narrow lead. In the second, rookie Justin Harper's eight points keyed a 12-4 run for Orlando, which led by 11 at the break. Orlando increased the lead to 28 in the third. Atlanta closed within 11 in the final quarter but never seriously threatened as the Magic won its fifth in a row. It wasn't pretty--Gilbert Arenas led the Magic with just 14 points--but Orlando forced 19 Atlanta turnovers.

STRAT-O-MATIC BOX SCORE
ATLANTA                     15 16 20 27   78
ORLANDO                     16 26 34 19   95

                 ----FG--- ---3PT--- ---FT---       REBOUNDS
NAME        MIN  MD AT PCT MD AT PCT MD AT PCT +/-  OF DF  T AS PF ST TO BK PTS
A.HORFORD    35   4 10  40  0  0      2  2 100  -8   3  9 12  1  3  1  3  0  10
J.SMITH      35   7 17  41  0  2   0  3  5  60 -30   3  6  9  0  3  1  5  1  17
J.JOHNSON    35   7 16  44  0  1   0  2  2 100 -20   3  4  7  2  1  1  4  0  16
K.HINRICH    32   1  6  17  0  2   0  0  0     -27   0  1  1  3  3  0  1  0   2
M.WILLIAMS   24   0  4   0  0  2   0  2  2 100 -13   2  2  4  1  0  1  2  0   2
J.CRAWFORD   22   5  9  56  3  5  60  1  1 100   8   0  6  6  2  2  0  1  0  14
Z.PACHULIA   11   2  3  67  0  1   0  0  0      15   1  2  3  1  4  0  0  0   4
J.TEAGUE     23   2  6  33  0  1   0  3  4  75   3   0  4  4  5  1  0  2  0   7
D.WILKINS    10   2  3  67  0  0      0  0      -4   0  1  1  0  3  0  1  0   4
K.BENSON     13   1  6  17  0  0      0  0      -9   2  0  2  0  0  1  0  0   2
ATLANTA      48  31 80  39  3 14  21 13 16  81      14 35 49 15 20  5 19  1  78
                 ----FG--- ---3PT--- ---FT---       REBOUNDS
NAME        MIN  MD AT PCT MD AT PCT MD AT PCT +/-  OF DF  T AS PF ST TO BK PTS
D.HOWARD     11   2  4  50  0  0      0  0      10   2  4  6  0  0  2  0  1   4
J.RICHARDSON 29   6 14  43  1  7  14  0  0      23   2  3  5  1  4  1  1  0  13
H.TURKOGLU   24   3  5  60  1  3  33  0  0      20   0  5  5  2  1  1  1  0   7
J.NELSON     37   4 18  22  3 11  27  2  2 100  10   0  3  3  7  1  1  1  0  13
R.ANDERSON   20   2  6  33  1  4  25  3  3 100  13   2  5  7  2  2  0  1  0   8
B.BASS       25   5  9  56  0  0      1  2  50  -8   3  5  8  1  1  0  2  1  11
G.ARENAS     14   5  8  62  2  3  67  2  2 100   9   0  1  1  2  0  1  0  0  14
J.REDICK     21   1  6  17  0  2   0  1  1 100  -5   0  3  3  3  1  0  0  0   3
Q.RICHARDSON 22   2  7  29  0  4   0  2  2 100   1   2  2  4  0  3  2  1  0   6
M.ALLEN       2   0  0      0  0      0  0       2   0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0   0
J.HARPER     35   8 15  53  0  1   0  0  0      10   1  4  5  1  4  0  1  0  16
ORLANDO      48  38 92  41  8 35  23 11 12  92      12 35 47 19 17  8  8  2  95

ATLANTA                     ORLANDO
     Fast Break Pts  14          Fast Break Pts  16
  Second Chance Pts  14       Second Chance Pts  14
Points in the Paint  34     Points In the Paint  30
       Biggest Lead   2            Biggest Lead  30

BASKETBALL PROSPECTUS BOX SCORE
ATL (2-4)...........PLY%  USG   PCP  +/-   GR  ORL (5-2)...........PLY%  USG   PCP  +/-   GR
crawford,jamal.......46%  21%  1.65  + 8 17.6  nelson,jameer........77%  24%  1.00  +10 21.8
johnson,joe..........73%  28%  0.83  -20 17.3  arenas,gilbert.......29%  29%  1.75  + 9 13.0
smith,josh...........73%  33%  0.68  -30 16.0  harper,justin........73%  20%  0.95  +10 12.9
horford,al...........73%  17%  0.94  - 8 12.0  richardson,jason.....60%  23%  0.91  +23 12.1
teague,jeff..........48%  19%  1.11  + 3  8.7  bass,brandon.........52%  21%  1.09  - 8 11.4
williams,marvin......50%  11%  0.67  -13  4.1  anderson,ryan........42%  18%  1.33  +13  9.8
pachulia,zaza........23%  11%  1.48  +15  3.7  turkoglu,hedo........50%  10%  1.87  +20  9.8
hinrich,kirk.........67%   8%  0.58  -27  3.1  howard,dwight........23%  15%  1.68  +10  6.1
wilkins,damien.......21%  17%  0.73  - 4  2.6  richardson,quentin...46%  17%  0.73  + 1  5.4
benson,keith.........27%  21%  0.49  - 9  2.5  redick,j.j...........44%  13%  0.91  - 5  4.4
collins,jason........(DNP)                     allen,malik.......... 4%  26%  0.00  + 2  0.0
armstrong,hilton.....(DNP)                     liggins,deandre......(DNP)  
PACE: 89.0          ORTG eFG%  oRB%  TO% FTA%  PACE: 89.0          ORTG eFG%  oRB%  TO% FTA%
HAWKS............   87.7 .406  .286 .214 .079  MAGIC............  106.8 .457  .255 .090 .059

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WIZARDS 102, BULLS 96: With the Wizards looking for their first win, Andray Blatch (12 points) went toe-to-toe, figuratively speaking, with Derrick Rose (13 points) in the first period, though the Bulls came away with a four-point advantage. In the second, Washington went ahead on Shelvin Mack's three-pointer and led by eight at the break. John Wall scored on a layup and free throw to begin the second half, capping an 11-point Wizards run. The Bulls rallied, with Luol Deng's three and Kyle Korver's layup capping an 11-2 burst that put Chicago back in front. The Bulls stretched the lead to seven by the end of the third. The Bulls went up by 10 in the fourth, but Washington went on a 21-3 burst and snatched its first victory. John Wall led the way with 23 points, five rebounds, eight assists, three steals and three blocks.

STRAT-O-MATIC BOX SCORE
CHICAGO                     33 16 30 17   96
WASHINGTON                  29 28 15 30  102

                 ----FG--- ---3PT--- ---FT---       REBOUNDS
NAME        MIN  MD AT PCT MD AT PCT MD AT PCT +/-  OF DF  T AS PF ST TO BK PTS
L.DENG       27   1  3  33  1  1 100  3  4  75  -3   1  1  2  2  1  1  3  1   6
D.ROSE       47   9 19  47  3  6  50  8  8 100  -7   2  1  3  7  2  0  2  0  29
C.BOOZER     37   5 19  26  0  0      6  8  75   1   2 12 14  4  2  1  5  0  16
R.BREWER     12   4  4 100  0  0      4  4 100   6   1  0  1  0  0  0  0  0  12
J.NOAH       34   5 11  45  0  0      3  6  50   3   4 11 15  3  3  2  3  4  13
T.GIBSON     11   0  0      0  0      0  0      -7   0  1  1  0  2  1  1  0   0
K.KORVER     31   3  9  33  0  4   0  0  0       1   0  2  2  1  6  1  1  0   6
K.BOGANS      6   1  2  50  1  2  50  0  0      -9   0  0  0  0  1  0  0  0   3
O.ASIK       14   2  2 100  0  0      0  2   0  -9   2  1  3  1  2  0  1  0   4
C.WATSON      1   0  0      0  0      0  0       1   0  0  0  0  1  0  0  0   0
J.BUTLER     20   3  5  60  1  1 100  0  0      -7   0  0  0  0  1  0  1  0   7
CHICAGO      48  33 74  45  6 14  43 24 32  75      12 29 41 18 21  6 17  5  96
                 ----FG--- ---3PT--- ---FT---       REBOUNDS
NAME        MIN  MD AT PCT MD AT PCT MD AT PCT +/-  OF DF  T AS PF ST TO BK PTS
J.WALL       36   6 12  50  2  2 100  9 10  90  10   0  5  5  8  2  3  1  3  23
J.McGEE      19   2  5  40  0  0      0  0      12   1  3  4  1  4  0  0  5   4
A.BLATCHE    41   9 20  45  0  0      6  6 100   1   0  8  8  2  2  1  4  2  24
N.YOUNG      29   5 10  50  2  3  67  2  2 100  -6   1  0  1  1  2  0  0  0  14
R.LEWIS      14   3  6  50  0  3   0  0  0       4   1  4  5  3  3  1  0  0   6
Y.JIANLIAN    6   1  2  50  0  1   0  1  2  50   6   0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0   3
T.BOOKER     11   0  0      0  0      4  4 100  10   0  3  3  2  2  0  1  0   4
J.CRAWFORD   23   5  9  56  0  3   0  2  2 100   7   0  0  0  2  1  0  1  0  12
K.SERAPHIN   13   0  2   0  0  0      0  0      -8   4  1  5  0  1  1  1  0   0
J.VESELY     23   2  4  50  0  0      0  0      -1   1  1  2  1  2  0  0  0   4
C.SINGLETON  13   1  3  33  0  0      0  0      -1   0  3  3  1  2  0  2  0   2
S.MACK       12   2  5  40  1  4  25  1  2  50  -4   1  0  1  1  1  0  1  0   6
WASHINGTON   48  36 78  46  5 16  31 25 28  89       9 28 37 22 22  6 11 10 102

CHICAGO                     WASHINGTON
     Fast Break Pts   8          Fast Break Pts  18
  Second Chance Pts   9       Second Chance Pts   6
Points in the Paint  24     Points In the Paint  22
       Biggest Lead  10            Biggest Lead  11

BASKETBALL PROSPECTUS BOX SCORE
CHI (4-3)...........PLY%  USG   PCP  +/-   GR  WAS (1-4)...........PLY%  USG   PCP  +/-   GR
rose,derrick.........98%  24%  1.34  - 7 28.5  wall,john............75%  23%  1.65  +10 31.4
noah,joakim..........71%  22%  1.14  + 3 20.3  blatche,andray.......85%  31%  0.87  + 1 23.2
boozer,carlos........77%  35%  0.73  + 1 18.8  young,nick...........60%  17%  1.28  - 6 11.7
brewer,ronnie........25%  21%  1.86  + 6 11.4  crawford,jordan......48%  22%  1.02  + 7 10.8
deng,luol............56%  12%  1.18  - 3  8.1  lewis,rashard........29%  20%  1.37  + 4  8.8
butler,jimmy.........42%  12%  1.18  - 7  6.9  mack,shelvin.........25%  27%  0.93  - 4  6.5
korver,kyle..........65%  13%  0.54  + 1  5.7  booker,trevor........23%  11%  1.91  +10  5.4
asik,omer............29%  11%  1.33  - 9  4.9  mcgee,javale.........40%  11%  1.12  +12  5.1
bogans,keith.........13%  14%  1.64  - 9  3.2  vesely,jan...........48%   7%  1.21  - 1  4.7
gibson,taj...........23%   2%  0.07  - 7  0.0  singleton,chris......27%  18%  0.54  - 1  2.7
watson,c.j........... 2%  52%  0.00  + 1  0.0  jianlian,yi..........13%  23%  0.85  + 6  2.4
scalabrine,brian.....(DNP)                     seraphin,kevin.......27%  10%  0.67  - 8  1.8
PACE: 89.0          ORTG eFG%  oRB%  TO% FTA%  PACE: 89.0          ORTG eFG%  oRB%  TO% FTA%
BULLS............  107.9 .486  .300 .191 .158  WIZARDS..........  114.6 .494  .237 .124 .138

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THUNDER 113, RAPTORS 91: Oklahoma City began the process of digging out of its early hole with a win at Chicago on Thursday and looked to get even healthier with the 1-5 Raptors coming to town on a four-game losing streak. Sure enough, the Thunder jumped out to a 15-4 lead, lead by 15 after one quarter, 20 at halftime and led by at least 13 for the entire second half. Kevin Durant scored 29 to lead OKC and was aided by 21 points from rookie Reggie Jackson, who added seven assists and a couple of steals. DeMar DeRozan led the Raptors with 29 points.

STRAT-O-MATIC BOX SCORE
TORONTO                     20 16 28 27   91
OKLAHOMA CITY               35 21 23 34  113

                 ----FG--- ---3PT--- ---FT---       REBOUNDS
NAME        MIN  MD AT PCT MD AT PCT MD AT PCT +/-  OF DF  T AS PF ST TO BK PTS
D.DEROZAN    39  10 20  50  0  0      9 10  90 -12   2  4  6  4  3  0  2  0  29
A.BARGNANI   44   6 14  43  0  2   0  3  3 100 -19   1  4  5  3  4  1  1  1  15
J.CALDERON   42   5  8  62  1  2  50  4  4 100 -16   0  4  4  9  4  2  3  0  15
E.DAVIS      10   1  2  50  0  0      0  0     -16   0  0  0  0  1  0  2  0   2
J.JOHNSON     8   2  2 100  0  0      0  0     -12   0  0  0  0  2  0  0  0   4
A.JOHNSON     3   1  1 100  0  0      0  0       5   0  0  0  0  0  0  0  1   2
J.BAYLESS     8   1  3  33  0  0      0  0     -10   0  0  0  2  1  0  0  0   2
L.BARBOSA     5   1  1 100  1  1 100  0  0      -4   0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0   3
L.KLEIZA     40   5 16  31  2  9  22  0  0     -10   1  2  3  1  3  1  5  0  12
R.EVANS      38   3  7  43  0  1   0  1  2  50 -15   5 10 15  2  5  1  2  0   7
J.WRIGHT      3   0  1   0  0  0      0  0      -1   0  1  1  1  0  0  0  0   0
TORONTO      48  35 75  47  4 15  27 17 19  89       9 25 34 22 23  5 15  2  91
                 ----FG--- ---3PT--- ---FT---       REBOUNDS
NAME        MIN  MD AT PCT MD AT PCT MD AT PCT +/-  OF DF  T AS PF ST TO BK PTS
K.DURANT     27  10 17  59  1  2  50  8 11  73  15   1  5  6  2  1  3  0  0  29
R.WESTBROOK   8   3  5  60  0  0      3  3 100  12   0  0  0  0  0  1  0  0   9
S.IBAKA      28   6  8  75  0  0      0  0      21   3  4  7  1  2  0  2  0  12
T.SEFOLOSHA  40   7 12  58  3  8  38  0  0      19   1  3  4  4  5  0  0  0  17
K.PERKINS    26   0  3   0  0  0      0  0       2   0  2  2  2  4  0  3  0   0
J.HARDEN     22   4  5  80  3  3 100  0  0       3   1  4  5  2  2  1  0  0  11
N.COLLISON   23   1  2  50  0  1   0  0  0      11   0  2  2  0  1  0  4  2   2
N.MOHAMMED   18   3  8  38  0  0      0  0      11   1  4  5  2  0  1  0  1   6
E.MAYNOR      1   0  0      0  0      0  0      -3   0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0   0
D.COOK        8   2  4  50  0  1   0  2  2 100   6   0  1  1  1  0  0  0  0   6
R.JACKSON    39   4 12  33  1  2  50 12 13  92  13   0  2  2  7  4  2  2  1  21
OKLAHOMA CI  48  40 76  53  8 17  47 25 29  86       7 27 34 21 19  8 11  4 113

TORONTO                     OKLAHOMA CITY
     Fast Break Pts  10          Fast Break Pts  18
  Second Chance Pts   4       Second Chance Pts   6
Points in the Paint  22     Points In the Paint  24
       Biggest Lead   0            Biggest Lead  23

BASKETBALL PROSPECTUS BOX SCORE
TOR (1-6)...........PLY%  USG   PCP  +/-   GR  OKC (3-4)...........PLY%  USG   PCP  +/-   GR
derozan,demar........81%  34%  1.01  -12 26.0  durant,kevin.........56%  39%  1.29  +15 30.3
calderon,jose........88%  14%  1.65  -16 20.7  jackson,reggie.......81%  24%  1.19  +13 25.4
bargnani,andrea......92%  17%  0.96  -19 19.7  sefolosha,thabo......83%  13%  1.68  +19 17.3
evans,reggie.........79%  11%  1.16  -15 12.4  harden,james.........46%  10%  3.10  + 3 14.8
kleiza,linas.........83%  26%  0.59  -10 11.9  ibaka,serge..........58%  16%  1.28  +21 13.9
bayless,jerryd.......17%  18%  0.95  -10  3.3  mohammed,nazr........38%  21%  1.09  +11  8.8
barbosa,leandro......10%   8%  3.65  - 4  3.2  westbrook,russell....17%  38%  1.21  +12  8.1
johnson,james........17%  11%  1.46  -12  2.7  cook,daequan.........17%  29%  1.22  + 6  7.0
johnson,amir......... 6%  15%  1.94  + 5  1.8  collison,nick........48%  11%  0.42  +11  2.6
davis,ed.............21%  19%  0.34  -16  1.4  perkins,kendrick.....54%  10%  0.15  + 2  1.1
wright,julian........ 6%  15%  1.04  - 1  1.1  maynor,eric.......... 2%  52%  0.00  - 3  0.0
alabi,soloman........(DNP)                     mullens,byron........(DNP)  
PACE: 87.4          ORTG eFG%  oRB%  TO% FTA%  PACE: 87.4          ORTG eFG%  oRB%  TO% FTA%
RAPTORS..........  104.1 .493  .250 .172 .096  THUNDER..........  129.3 .579  .219 .126 .146

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LAKERS 124, PISTONS 91: The Pistons led early but Kobe Bryant scored 11 points during a 12-2 run to give the Lakers a double-digit advantage. By halftime, the lead was up to 33 and Bryant had 19 points. The Pistons cut the lead to 29 a couple of times in the second half, but that was as close to drama as the game got. Bryant finished with 36 points.

STRAT-O-MATIC BOX SCORE
DETROIT                     20 16 24 31   91
LOS ANGELES L               38 31 28 27  124

                 ----FG--- ---3PT--- ---FT---       REBOUNDS
NAME        MIN  MD AT PCT MD AT PCT MD AT PCT +/-  OF DF  T AS PF ST TO BK PTS
T.PRINCE     32   4 12  33  0  1   0  0  0     -28   1  6  7  1  2  0  2  0   8
G.MONROE     23   3  7  43  0  0      0  0     -18   2  2  4  2  3  0  0  0   6
R.STUCKEY    31   8 14  57  0  2   0 11 14  79 -24   1  1  2  4  4  0  3  2  27
B.GORDON     20   2  7  29  1  4  25  0  0     -21   0  3  3  3  3  1  0  0   5
J.JEREBKO    20   1  5  20  0  2   0  0  0     -24   3  2  5  0  2  0  0  0   2
T.McGRADY    19   3  6  50  0  0      0  0     -14   1  2  3  3  1  1  0  0   6
C.VILLANUEVA 19   5 13  38  1  2  50  0  0       1   0  3  3  0  0  0  1  0  11
A.DAYE       19   4 11  36  1  4  25  0  0      -9   1  2  3  2  1  0  0  1   9
B.WALLACE    21   1  2  50  0  0      0  2   0  -9   4  3  7  2  1  1  1  2   2
J.MAXIELL    11   0  1   0  0  0      2  2 100 -13   1  1  2  1  2  0  0  0   2
W.BYNUM      12   1  5  20  0  1   0  2  2 100 -14   1  0  1  2  1  1  0  0   4
B.KNIGHT     13   3  6  50  3  5  60  0  0       8   0  3  3  2  0  0  1  0   9
DETROIT      48  35 89  39  6 21  29 15 20  75      15 28 43 22 20  4  8  5  91
                 ----FG--- ---3PT--- ---FT---       REBOUNDS
NAME        MIN  MD AT PCT MD AT PCT MD AT PCT +/-  OF DF  T AS PF ST TO BK PTS
P.GASOL      39   9 15  60  0  0      7  8  88  32   3  5  8  5  2  2  4  1  25
K.BRYANT     34  12 23  52  4  4 100  8 11  73  31   2  6  8  4  4  1  0  1  36
L.ODOM       22   8 11  73  1  1 100  0  0      13   4  5  9  0  3  0  0  2  17
R.ARTEST     30   4  6  67  1  2  50  0  0      22   2  3  5  4  1  0  0  0   9
D.FISHER     37   4 13  31  3  5  60  4  4 100  19   0  1  1  4  3  1  0  0  15
S.BLAKE      11   1  3  33  1  3  33  2  2 100  14   0  1  1  2  0  0  0  0   5
S.BROWN      15   2  3  67  2  3  67  0  0       7   0  0  0  2  1  0  1  0   6
A.BYNUM      30   2  8  25  0  0      1  2  50  10   2 10 12  2  2  0  3  3   5
M.BARNES     18   2  4  50  0  1   0  0  0       5   0  4  4  2  1  0  0  0   4
D.CARACTER    3   1  1 100  0  0      0  0       8   0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0   2
T.RATLIFF     1   0  0      0  0      0  0       4   1  0  1  0  0  0  0  0   0
LOS ANGELES  48  45 87  52 12 19  63 22 27  81      14 35 49 25 17  4  8  7 124

DETROIT                     LOS ANGELES L
     Fast Break Pts   6          Fast Break Pts   2
  Second Chance Pts   8       Second Chance Pts  19
Points in the Paint  26     Points In the Paint  42
       Biggest Lead   3            Biggest Lead  44

BASKETBALL PROSPECTUS BOX SCORE
DET (2-4)...........PLY%  USG   PCP  +/-   GR  LAL (6-2)...........PLY%  USG   PCP  +/-   GR
stuckey,rodney.......65%  36%  1.07  -24 23.9  bryant,kobe..........71%  38%  1.37  +31 36.6
knight,brandon.......27%  25%  1.79  + 8 11.6  gasol,pau............81%  26%  1.27  +32 27.0
daye,austin..........40%  27%  0.99  - 9 11.0  odom,lamar...........46%  22%  1.69  +13 18.3
villanueva,charlie...40%  35%  0.77  + 1 10.5  fisher,derek.........77%  17%  1.30  +19 16.4
prince,tayshaun......67%  19%  0.67  -28  8.7  artest,ron...........63%   7%  2.78  +22 13.0
mcgrady,tracy........40%  13%  1.56  -14  8.0  bynum,andrew.........63%  17%  0.86  +10  8.5
gordon,ben...........42%  15%  1.18  -21  6.6  brown,shannon........31%  10%  2.33  + 7  7.5
wallace,ben..........44%   6%  2.13  - 9  6.5  blake,steve..........23%  15%  1.93  +14  6.0
monroe,greg..........48%  12%  1.13  -18  6.5  barnes,matt..........38%   8%  1.81  + 5  5.2
bynum,will...........25%  22%  0.92  -14  5.1  caracter,derrick..... 6%  14%  1.91  + 8  1.7
jerebko,jonas........42%   9%  0.67  -24  2.5  ratliff,theo......... 2%  52%  0.34  + 4  0.4
maxiell,jason........23%   5%  1.81  -13  2.3  ebanks,devin.........(DNP)  
PACE: 88.2          ORTG eFG%  oRB%  TO% FTA%  PACE: 88.2          ORTG eFG%  oRB%  TO% FTA%
PISTONS..........  103.2 .427  .300 .091 .100  LAKERS...........  140.6 .586  .333 .091 .135

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SCORES, STANDINGS, SCHEDULE & LEADERS
STANDINGS      SCORING AVERAGE     REBOUNDS⁄GAME       FIELD GOAL PCT
TEAM WON LOST  ------------------- ------------------- -------------------
BOS    5   1   D.NOWITZK DAL 31.3  K.LOVE    MIN 13.2  N.HILARIO DEN .735 
NYK    4   2   L.ALDRIDG POR 31.2  J.NOAH    CHI 12.1  C.JENKINS GSW .681 
PHI    3   3   K.DURANT  OKC 30.9  A.BOGUT   MIL 12.0  T.CHANDLE DAL .634 
NJN    3   3   D.ROSE    CHI 29.6  K.GARNETT BOS 11.8  D.HOWARD  ORL .630 
TOR    1   6   L.JAMES   MIA 28.7  K.HUMPHRI NJN 11.5  G.HENDERS CHA .611 
TEAM WON LOST
CHI    4   3   FREE THROW PCT      THREE POINT PCT     ASSISTS⁄GAME
IND    3   4   ------------------- ------------------- -------------------
DET    2   4   D.WRIGHT  GSW1.000  K.BOGANS  CHI .667  S.NASH    PHX 13.0 
CLE    2   4   K.IRVING  CLE1.000  C.JENKINS GSW .650  R.RONDO   BOS 11.8 
MIL    2   5   T.BOOKER  WAS1.000  T.LAWSON  DEN .647  J.KIDD    DAL  9.5 
TEAM WON LOST  C.BOSH    MIA .964  K.DURANT  OKC .641  M.CONLEY  MEM  9.0 
MIA    5   1   D.AUGUSTI CHA .962  M.BIBBY   MIA .625  A.IGUODAL PHI  8.8 
ORL    5   2
CHA    3   2   STEALS⁄GAME         TURNOVERS⁄GAME      BLOCKS⁄GAME
ATL    2   4   ------------------- ------------------- -------------------
WAS    1   4   R.RONDO   BOS  2.5  R.RONDO   BOS  4.8  J.McGEE   WAS  3.2 
TEAM WON LOST  R.WESTBRO OKC  2.4  J.JOHNSON ATL  4.0  T.DUNCAN  SAS  3.2 
SAS    5   1   L.JAMES   MIA  2.3  D.COUSINS SAC  3.9  A.STOUDEM NYK  3.0 
MEM    4   2   R.GAY     MEM  2.2  D.ROSE    CHI  3.7  M.GORTAT  PHX  2.4 
HOU    3   3   T.ALLEN   MEM  2.2  J.WALL    WAS  3.6  S.IBAKA   OKC  2.3 
DAL    3   3
NOH    2   4
TEAM WON LOST
DEN    4   1
MIN    4   2
OKC    3   4
POR    2   4
UTA    1   6
TEAM WON LOST
PHX    6   1
LAL    6   2
LAC    3   4
GSW    3   4
SAC    1   6

DATE  YESTERDAY'S SCORES        HIGH POINTS      HIGH REBOUNDS   HIGH ASSISTS
----  ------------------------  ---------------  --------------  ------------
11⁄13 ORL  95 vs ATL  78        J.SMITH 17       A.HORFORD 12    J.NELSON 7
11⁄13 WAS 102 vs CHI  96        D.ROSE 29        J.NOAH 15       J.WALL 8
11⁄13 LAL 124 vs DET  91        K.BRYANT 36      A.BYNUM 12      P.GASOL 5
11⁄13 MIN 109  @ NJN  82        M.BEASLEY 26     K.LOVE 12       R.RUBIO 8
11⁄13 LAC 117 vs PHI 101        M.WILLIAMS 37    D.JORDAN 12     M.WILLIAMS 11
11⁄13 OKC 113 vs TOR  91        Multiple 29      R.EVANS 15      J.CALDERON 9

TODAY'S SCHEDULED GAMES
-----------------------
GOLDEN STATE (3-4) at DALLAS (3-3)
NEW YORK (4-2) at UTAH (1-6)
OKLAHOMA CITY (3-4) at CHARLOTTE (3-2)
PHILADELPHIA (3-3) at PORTLAND (2-4)
SACRAMENTO (1-6) at MEMPHIS (4-2)

GLOSSARY
+/- (Plus-Minus) Raw data is from official box scores from NBA.com.
GR (Game Rating) Reflects a player's Points Created total, or the portion of his team's offense for which he gets credit based on his box score line. This number is then adjusted for estimated defensive performance based on box score counterpart productivity. GR is pace-adjusted so you can compare players from game to game.
PCP (Points Created Per Possession Used) An estimate of each player's points created per possession used, a measure of offensive efficiency. The stat accounts for a player's entire box score line, not just the scoring categories.
PLY% (Play percentage) An estimate of the percentage of a team's possessions on which the player was on the court.
USG An estimate of how many of those plays a player used by shooting, going to the line or committing a turnover, with a portion the team's offensive rebound total subtracted.
TEAM STATS
PACE: Estimated possessions in the game.
ORTG: A team's points per 100 possessions.
eFG%: Team's shooting percentage with an extra half-point added for each made three-point field goal.
oRB%: Percentage of a team's misses that they retrieved off the offensive glass.
TO%: Percentage of a team's possessions resulting in a turnover.
FTA%: Percentage of a team's possessions resulting in a trip to the foul line.

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