If there is a moral victory the Oklahoma City Thunder can take with them from their 110-100 loss late Thursday to the Miami Heat, it’s that they are officially the Team That Stopped LeBron James.
From shooting 60 percent that is.
And really, James’ failure to extend his streak to seven games with at least 30 points on 60 percent or better shooting was more self-inflicted and less about Oklahoma City’s defensive effort. Sitting on 39 points on 60.8 percent shooting with 1 minute and 8 seconds left in the fourth quarter and the game decided, James hoisted a long 3-pointer that clanged wide and dropped him to 14-of-24 from the field — or 58.3 percent.
Fitting though. The only thing that stopped James in the end was James.
Still, if he might not have added a seventh game to his historic streak, he did conduct a flawless takedown of the Thunder on their home floor. That’s now six consecutive Miami has won over Oklahoma City, dating to the 2012 NBA Finals that the Heat won in five games.
Afterward, James seemed fine with the end of his personal streak, saying: “Sixty percent doesn’t matter. Winning is all that matters.”
NBA puts stats online
Sure, James has been on an amazing roll, but what about what Wilt Chamberlain did in 1962?
Now fans can study both in one place like never before.
The NBA put its entire statistical history online Friday, launching a website that allows fans to review box scores, shot charts, game logs and newer data that has changed the way players are rated. Previously available only to teams and league personnel, and only recently to media, it’s there for everyone at NBA.com/stats.
“There’s no other sports website that I’m aware of that does this type of computing,” said NBA executive vice president of operations and technology Steve Hellmuth.
The site features every box score for every game played since the league’s original season in 1946-47. It highlights noted games such as Chamberlain’s record 100-point outing in 1962, when he averaged more than 50 points for the season, and Kobe Bryant’s 81-point outburst in 2006.
The league gave access to the stats to the media last spring, and it wasn’t long before Commissioner David Stern and Deputy Commissioner Adam Silver asked Hellmuth: “How come we don’t have this on the website? Why isn’t this in the hands of NBA fans?”
The answer was because there wasn’t yet a way to develop a strong enough site to hold that combination of data and traffic.
So the league partnered in July with SAP, a business software company, with a goal of having the site up and ready by the All-Star weekend. Steve Peck, SAP’s senior vice president of global strategic initiatives, said the stats site showed what his company can deliver to sports fans and teams.