By the Numbers: The 2012-13 Brooklyn Nets seasonA numerical look at the black and white's inaugural Kings County campaign
It has been more than a decade -- 2001-02, to be exact -- since the Nets won 50 games, but the win over Detroit gave Brooklyn a final record of 49-33, tying the 2002-03 and 2005-06 teams for the best record since then.
With the regular season in the books, take a look back at the franchise's inaugural year in the boroughs in the latest edition of By The Numbers.
46: To really emphasize just how much Brooklyn has improved this year, the Nets won 22 games in the lockout shortened 2011-12 season and just 24 the previous year, meaning their first season in Brooklyn saw a three-game improvement over their 46 combined wins from their last two seasons in New Jersey.
2005-06: Overall, 2012-13 was the Nets’ best season since 2005-06; Lawrence Frank’s New Jersey Nets went 49-33 that season, winning the Atlantic Division and earning the No. 3 seed in the East before bowing out to the eventual NBA Champion Miami Heat in the conference semifinals.
1: With Wednesday's win, P.J. Carlesimo does have one Nets accolade all to himself: the best start by a coach in franchise history. Carlesimo took over a 14-14 team on December 27 and has gone 35-19 as interim head coach, one game better than Kevin Loughery's 34-20 start in the 1973-74 season that saw the Nets win an ABA Championship.
31-5: One thing that has spurred the Nets to new heights this year is, as the old cliché goes, winning the games they’re supposed to; Brooklyn went 31-5 against teams with a sub-.500 record at the time they played them, with two of those losses coming to the playoff-bound Los Angeles Lakers (who were 22-26 prior to beating Brooklyn in February) and the Dallas Mavericks, who came into their March 1 victory in Brooklyn at 25-32 and ended up finishing an even 41-41.
3: Over their previous five seasons combined, the Nets had exactly two winning streaks of five games or more, with both of those ending at five. This season, however, Brooklyn had three such streaks, including a season-high seven game streak from January 2-15.
9: Reggie Evans never quite reached 27 to tie the franchise mark for rebounds in a game, but he came close a lot, recording 20 or more rebounds an astonishing nine times. He led the NBA in that stat, and also finished the season with 18 straight games with 10 or more rebounds, the longest for the Nets since Jayson Williams went for double-digits in 21 straight games back in 1996-97.
169: There was one franchise record set this year, at least, as Deron Williams drained 169 three-pointers, eclipsing the team single-season mark of 158 that had been set by Kerry Kittles in his rookie season of 1996-97.
17: The Nets used 17 players this season, just two more than the NBA’s roster limit of 15, and 14 of them spent the whole season in Brooklyn. Of the other three, Josh Childress spent the first two months of the season with the team before being waived on Dec. 29, and both Damion James and Kris Joseph filled that 15th roster at some point in 2013 while on 10-day contracts.
88.6: Carlesimo emphasized at numerous times throughout the year that the Nets were at their best when playing a methodical pace. He wasn’t kidding, as entering their finale, Brooklyn’s Pace Factor, an advanced metric that measures the estimated number of possessions per 48 minutes by a team, was 88.6, ranking them 28th out of 30 teams.
.500: So how far will the Nets go in the postseason? That remains to be seen, but entering the playoffs, they have a 13-13 record this year against the other seven teams vying for the Eastern Conference Championship; within that record, they went 1-3 against their first-round opponent Chicago, and went 5-5 against the three division winners -- including a perfect 3-0 record against the Pacers team they were, until Sunday, chasing for the No. 3 seed.
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