STATS: Wizards and Marcin Gortat Make Rebounding History in Game 5 Victory
That was quite unexpected. Quite unexpected.
A 102-79, 23-point Wizards win in Game 5. Might as well been 30.
Hopefully such a shellacking doesn’t give Washington a false sense of confidence, which they had in Games 3 and 4, even though they lost Game 2.
Go figure, this playoff series.
Sixty-two (62!) rebounds for the Wizards … to just 23 for the Pacers. Marcin Gortat (16) and Bradley Beal (8) together out-rebounded the entire Indiana team.
A discrepancy of this nature has never happened (at least not where one team has 60-plus boards and the other team has 25 or less). Not in the regular season, not in the playoffs, according to the Basketball-Reference.com database, which contains rebounding numbers back to 1985-86. Twice a team has team out-rebounded its opponent 62-24—Denver over Detroit in 1995, and Utah over Charlotte in 2013.
A 39-rebound margin is a big deal. The biggest deal of Washington’s Game 5 win. Let’s dig into some numbers.
- “The rebounding margin is tied for the third-largest in a playoff game.” —ESPN Stats & Info (Other top instances: Celtics +43 in 1960; Hawks +41 in 1971, Celtics +39 in 1960.)
- “Wizards finish with +39 rebound edge. That’s the largest by any NBA team in any game (reg season/playoffs) since NYK (+40) on March 7, 1992.” —@bball_ref
- Since 1985-86, the Wizards are one of only four teams to have a plus-39 or better rebounding margin in the playoffs or regular season (via Basketball-Reference.com).
- “The Pacers’ minus-39 rebounding margin was the second-largest differential in franchise history (minus-40 vs Warriors Nov. 8, 1980).” —Elias
- This is the ninth time that a Washington team, in the regular season or playoffs, has collected 62 or more rebounds—all instances in regular season (6-2 record), and only once have the Wizards been out-rebounded on these occasions (via Basketball-Reference.com).
>> 16 rebounds (career-high seven offensive) and a career-high 31 points:
- “Gortat’s .867 field-goal percentage is the highest in an NBA playoff game for a player who had a least 30 points and 15 rebounds.” —Elias (Note: Gortat shot 13-for-15 from the field.)
- “Marcin Gortat also joined Dwight Howard as the ONLY players in the last 30 years w/ 30+pts, 15+rebs & over an 80.0% FG% in a Playoff game.” —NBA.com/stats
- Nine (9) different Wizards/Bullets have achieved 30 point/15 rebound games in the regular season or the playoffs since 1985, and they’ve done it 24 total times prior to Gortat.
- Moses Malone leads the way with nine times, including the previously lone playoff instance (31 and 16 in a 1987 Bullets playoff loss to the Pistons).
- Other franchise 30-15 honorees include: Pervis Ellison (4), Antawn Jamison (3), Andray Blatche (2), Tom Gugliotta (2), Caron Butler (1), Kwame Brown (1), Jeff Ruland (1), and Cliff Robinson (1).
- Don’t forget Drew Gooden: his nine rebounds off the bench in Game 5 joins his 12 rebounds off the bench in Game 1 on the list of 11 nine-plus rebounding playoff games off the bench for the Wizards/Bullets since 1985. Etan Thomas picked up two such games and Kwame Brown picked up one in Washington’s series against the Chicago Bulls in 2005.
- Gooden is the 16th player (18th instance) to grab at least nine rebounds but score zero points off the bench in a playoff game since 1985; he joins the likes of Dennis Rodman, Dikembe Mutombo, Brad Miller, Eduardo Najara, Marcus Camby, Reggie Evans, Chris Dudley, and Jason Kidd with this distinction.