Exactly how impressive was Brandon Roy's game last night?
It was only the 10th performance like it in the NBA since 1986, which is as far back as I had data for. Roy put on a clinic with 32 points on 11 attempts, six assists with zero turnovers, and only a pair of threes attempted--that is incredibly, if not historically, efficient. I checked with the invaluable Basketball Reference and sorted for 14 field goal attempts or less, 30 or more points scored, at least five assists, and zero turnovers.
There has only been nine similar performances recorded in the past 24 years. If we narrow it down to games with two or less three-point field goal attempted, we are left with a total of four games--including Roy's performance from last night. It is of note that one of those four games was recorded by Andre Miller, meaning that fully half of the <=14FGA/>=30PTS/>=5AST/0TO's in the previous 23 years were put up by current Blazers. Roy's performance was on the least FGA's (Field Goal Attempts) out of the 10. Roy did this with a strained hamstring while being guarded by Kobe Bryant and Ron Artest, two of the better perimeter defenders in the league. Another surprising factor is that of the 11 attempts, only three were layup attempts. Roy did his damage in the mid-range, usually not one of the more efficient spots in the NBA.
Kobe Bryant, on the other hand, put up the same amount of points on 37 shots and with five turnovers, while being guarded by Roy and Martell Webster, both of whom can play lockdown defense, but only sporadically do. Tonight, Webster was the defender that Kelly Dwyer believes he is, and Roy>Kobe.
It is of note that Jerryd Bayless also had a very efficient night, scoring 21 points on just nine attempts with a single turnover. Bayless and Roy combined for 53 points on 20 attempts, shot 26 free throws and turned the ball over just once between them.That kind of production out of the back court is exactly what Portland needed when playing with such a depleted front court against such a long and tall Lakers team.