Thursday, May 28, 2015

Sixers' Odds, Ends and Factoids from Game 5

Facts and figures from Sixers-Celtics Game 5.

Sixers' Odds, Ends and Factoids from Game 5

Odds, ends and factoids from Monday's Game 5 of the Sixers-Celtics series:

Brandon Bass had not led the Celtics in scoring in a game all season. He outscored the Sixers in the third period by himself, 18-16.

♦ Bass was 9-for-10 from the line and his playoff free-throw percentage went down. He was 23-for-24 coming in. He is 101-for-109 (92.7%) from the line in the postseason in his career, which is third all-time among players with 100 FTM. (Mark Price 94.4%, Calvin Murphy 93.2% are ahead of him.) Bass is a career 82.4% FT shooter during the regular season.

♦ Both teams made exactly 36 field goals (33 twos and 3 threes) in Game 5.

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Celtics starters are outscoring the Sixers starters by exactly 100 points this series, 360-260. Philly's bench has a 191-104 lead on the Celts.

♦ Sixers have lost their last 10 Game 5s.

♦ Philly is 11-25 all-time in postseason games in Boston.

♦ And Rajon Rondo has more assists in the series than any Sixer has points. That list:

 Rajon Rondo  73 assists  
 Andre Iguodala     66 points
 Jrue Holiday  62 points
 Evan Turner  57 points
 Lou Williams  54 points
 Thad Young  49 points
 Lavoy Allen  46 points
 Spencer Hawes  39 points
 Elton Brand  36 points
 Jodie Meeks  29 points
 Xavier Silas    2 points
 Nikola Vucevic    1 point
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