By the numbers: Booker cooks defensively

By the numbers: Booker cooks defensively
April 24, 2014, 11:45 pm
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Here's a look at some series stats, advanced numbers and big picture perspective heading into Friday's Game 3 between the Washington Wizards and Chicago Bulls at the Verizon Center. Coverage on Comcast SportsNet.

Real Deal Beal

*Bradley Beal's 26 points in Game 2 were the most scored by any Wizard in five games versus the Bulls this season and the third time a player had 20 or more for Washington in the series.

*Beal became the 10th player in NBA history under the age of 21 to score at least 25 points in a playoff game. Happened 17 times overall. (h/t @andyhutchins)

*So much for the second-year guard struggling against Jimmy Butler. In Game 2, Beal went 4 of 5 from the field for 13 points when defended by Butler, but missed 4 of 5 attempts against Kirk Hinrich (via NBA.com).

Series stuff

*Since the 1983-84 seasons, 15 road teams have gone up 2-0 in a series, including the Wizards. Of the other 14, 12 have won the series.

*The Wizards are the first NBA team since 2003 to win the first two games of a series after trailing by 10 or more points in the second half of each. (h/t Elias Sports Bureau).

*Game 3 is a sellout. That bodes well for the home team. Washington is 4-0 in its previous sellouts this season (Oklahoma City, Brooklyn and twice against Miami). Otherwise, its Verizon Center record is 18-19.

Efficient attack

*The Wizards have had six players tally double digit points in three of their four wins over the Bulls this season. In the one loss, 96-78 on April 5 at the Verizon Center, Washington only had three players score at least 10 or more. In Game 2, all seven players that received at least nine minutes scored seven or more points.

*Washington's 48.1 field goal percentage ranks third among 16 playoff teams. Every team played two games entering Thursday's action.

Could be worse

*For all the talk about their struggling offense, the Bulls offense rating (points per 100 possessions of 104.9 ranks eighth among the 16 playoff teams and ahead of the Houston Rockets (10th), San Antonio Spurs (14th) and Golden State Warriors (15th). This doesn't mean much especially in a small sample sense

*Collectively, the Wizards are struggling from the free throw line, but not Beal. The 20-year-old is 11 of 12 in the series. Meanwhile, Nene is 3 of 9.

Book it

*Per NBA.com: Taj Gibson dominated Trevor Booker on the glass in Game 2, grabbing four offensive rebounds when the pair were matched up. Gibson finished with nine offensive rebounds - 10 overall and the Bulls had 17 to the Wizards' eight.

*Booker controlled the lengthier Gibson defensively, holding him to 1 of 7 from the field when paired head-to-head.

Streaky 

*Including the regular season, the Wizards have won six straight games, matching their season-high.

*They've scored 100 or more points in the last five games.

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