They say box scores don’t tell the whole story. Behind The Box Score is a new series where from time to time we will attempt to look behind the box score and tell more of the complete story of what happened in the game.
23.7 - Points below the Clippers’ season average the Cavaliers defense held them to in Saturday night’s win. The Clippers attack that is used to flying up and down the court, and is in the top five in the league in scoring started off the game well, but had the clamps put on them in the second half by the Cavaliers’ defense. The Cavs led the Clippers 50-49 at the half way point before the game was slowed down to the grind it out slug it out affair that was just what Mike Brown wanted. The Clippers managed just 33 points in the second half compared to the 37 the Hawks jumped out to in the first quarter on Friday.
13 - Field goal attempts for Andrew Bynum. In Bynum’s last three games he’s had games of 14, 15, 14, and 13 field goal attempts. Before that stretch the big fella had only attempted double digit field goals twice on the season. Bynum continues to show flashes of the the form that made him a force back in his Lakers days. Time and again on Saturday Bynum found himself getting a catch deep in the restricted area, allowing for an easy drop step and jump hook for two.
Bynum logged 24 minutes on his way 16 points and 7 rebounds, but was subbed out of the game late in the third quarter and did not return.