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Round 7 Stat Attack
Tuesday, November 20, 2012, 08:52:00 AM

New Zealand Breakers 93 def Townsville Crocodiles 63

- This was the biggest home win by the Breakers since they also beat Adelaide by 30 points in the 2009 playoffs.

It was the equal 6th biggest ever win by New Zealand in the NBL.

 

- Townsville lost their 9th game to start this year and 11th overall.

 It was their 20th loss to New Zealand in 35 matches and by far the heaviest, with the previous worst being by 17 points in last year’s playoffs.

The Crocs’ biggest win against NZ is 23 in 2005.

 

- Alex Pledger equalled a career high with 18 points and Tai Webster became the 67th Breaker with 4:53 playing time in his debut.

 

- The Breakers shot 12-from-25 from long range to equal the league season high for makes with Wollongong (vs Perth - 12-from-25) and Townsville (at Wollongong -12-from-33).

 

- The Breakers crowd of 7,489 was their biggest of the year so far.

Perth Wildcats 65 lost to Adelaide 36ers 69

- The first game in the new Perth Arena saw a Western Australian record crowd of 11,207 attend but the Wildcats lost their third straight game after winning their first three to start the year.

- It was the second biggest crowd ever to attend the first game in a new venue in League history.

In October 1999, an NBL record crowd of 17,143 turned out to the Sydney Superdome to watch the Kings host the Canberra Cannons.

 

- Adelaide has now won their past 3 matches in Perth.

In the previous 53 trips over 30 years in heading West, the 36ers had never won more than 2 in a row.

 

- Perth had an extra 17 more field attempts than Adelaide in this game (78-61) following last week’s match when they had 16 more (74-56).

In 2 games they have had 35 more shots from the field but lost by a combined 16 points.

 

- Perth gave up just 5 turnovers for the game, which is the lowest by any team in a game this year, and the Wildcats have thrown away the ball less times just once in the past 28 years.

Their shooting clip of 30.

7% (24-from-78) was easily their worst for the year and the 4th worst in franchise history.

 

- Daniel Johnson pulled in 15 boards which is the equal high for any player this year to go with his 21 points.

‘DJ’ had only one previous game of 20/15 when he scored 21 and had 16 boards against the Crocs last year.

- Four points was the biggest lead that both teams had over the final 14:42 of this game.

Adelaide’s biggest lead of the game was 8 in the 2nd term and Perth’s was 5 in the 3rd.

There were 23 lead changes in this game which is the most in the NBL this year.

 

Wollongong Hawks 73 def Cairns Taipans 59

- The Hawks are now the only unbeaten home team in the NBL with their fourth win at The Sandpit.

 Their average winning margin at home is 17 however they now have a month away and do not play at home again until December 14 against Perth.

 

- With 5 minutes left in the 3rd quarter, Cairns led 47-31.

In the final 15 minutes of the game, Wollongong outscored the Taipans 42-12.

 The Visitors made just 3-from-23 (13%) over the final quarter hour while the hosts were red hot at 14-from-23 at 61%.

- Cairns’ 16-point lead to lose was the biggest reversal of the year by any team.

 The bad news for the Taipans is that in their five losses to date, they have thrown away the three largest leads to lose this year.

Largest match leads to lose this year:
16 – Cairns at Wollongong
13 – Cairns at Adelaide
13 – Cairns vs Sydney
12 – Sydney vs Adelaide
12 – Adelaide vs Wollongong
12 – Townsville at New Zealand 
10 – Melbourne vs Sydney

Melbourne Tigers 67 lost to Sydney Kings 72

- This was the Kings 400th NBL win.

They are the 6th franchise to get to 400 wins.

They have a 56% winning record from their games which ranks behind only Perth (57.

6%) and Adelaide (56.

5%) for success.

They rank above Brisbane (55.

6%), Melbourne (54,2%) and Wollongong (47.

4%).

 

- The Kings opened up the game with a 30-17 third quarter which was their highest scoring quarter for the year.

They were outscored 8-14 in the last but led for the final 18 minutes of the game despite 11 lead changes to that point.

Both teams combined for 8-from-35 in the last (22.

8%) with no three-pointers from 9 attempts.

 

- Ben Madgen took a league season high 24 field attempts but had a game high 26 points.

It was the 6th time in 9 games he had scored at least 20 points in a game.

 

- Sydney had 10 turnovers for the game but the Tigers failed to generate any points from them, becoming the first team to earn no points from opposition turnovers this season.

In contrast Melbourne’s 15 turnovers gave Sydney a bonus 23 points.

 

- The Tigers crowd of 5,810 was their biggest of the year so far.