The 8 Best NBA Performances From Last Week: Klay Thompson Burned the Blazers
If you have yet to check out our numberFire Live platform, let me tell you firsthand that you're missing out.
Not only can you view our number-based win probabilities before the games start, but you can also follow along live as the they play out before your eyes. How crazy is that!
And that's not even the best part.
My personal favorite isn't the awesome win probability charts. It's not the Madness Meter (a scale of one to five that measures the nail-biting nature of the game you're viewing) either. My favorite feature is the Leaders tab that displays that night's top performances on a scale of 1 to 100.
These elite performers are measured according to their production and, more importantly, on their efficiency.
In order to introduce you to the sweetness that is numberFire Live just in time for the playoff run, I'll be recapping each perfect performance (a 100 on the scale) of the last few weeks of the NBA season, in order of highest to lowest single game nERD score (which, if you're not familiar, is a measure of a player's total contribution based on efficiency).
LaMarcus Aldridge, San Antonio Spurs
Everybody sees it: LaMarcus Aldridge is finally playing like the All-Star he was in Portland for all those years. He, along with the entire Spurs team, has hit his stride as of late -- and that was no more evident than in Aldridge's 29-point, 7-rebound performance against the young Timberwolves. In 29 minutes, Aldridge sunk 11 of 13 from the floor and 7 of 8 from the line to go with 4 assists and 4 blocks.
Damian Lillard, Portland Trail Blazers
Aldridge's former teammate, Damian Lillard, did a little scoring of his own that same night. Against the Wizards, Lillard scored 41 points and chipped in 11 assists in 43-plus minutes in the seven-point win. He did it all for his squad, hitting 6 threes and tallying a True Shooting Percentage of 67.7% while assisting on 50.6% of his teammates' field goals in his time on the court.
James Harden, Houston Rockets
In a six-point win over the more than respectable Toronto Raptors, James Harden scored, and scored, and scored some more, ending the game with 40 points. We all know how it goes with Harden though. It takes him 25-plus shots to score 40. That isn't far off the truth, but this time around, Harden shot an efficient 11 of 20 from the floor, 3 for 7 from three-point land and a ridiculous 15 of 19 from the free-throw line. He also helped others do some scoring of their own by dishing out 14 assists in 42 minutes.
DeAndre Jordan, Los Angeles Clippers
After Dallas courted and tentatively signed him to a deal this offseason, Paul's teammate, DeAndre Jordan, made a revenge game out of his return to Dallas. He shut up all those haphazardly saying the Mavericks were better off without Jordan when he decided to return to L.A. Boy, they were wrong! Jordan scored a season-high 23 points and snatched 20 rebounds on his way to an Offensive Rating of 163.
Kemba Walker, Charlotte Hornets
In case you've been hiding under a rock somewhere, Kemba Walker has been having a great season, and this week was definitely no different. Walker's ridiculous week of play was highlighted by his performance Wednesday night against the New Orleans Pelicans. In nearly 36 minutes of action, Walker shot lights out from all places on the floor -- going 9 for 18 from the floor, 5 of 10 from deep and 12 of 16 from the charity stripe -- as he ended the game with 35 points, 7 assists and 7 rebounds.
Chris Paul, Los Angeles Clippers
In a win in Big D this past week, Chris Paul was his super-efficient self, going for 27 points -- on 12 of 18 from the floor -- 7 assists and 4 rebounds in fewer than 28 minutes of play. With a Usage Rate of 32.0%, his Assist Percentage of 66% to his Turnover Percentage of 5.1% is out of this world.
Klay Thompson, Golden State Warriors
The week of big performances was capped by Klay Thompson and one of his many "going bananas in the Bay" kind of nights. He caught fire from the start and never cooled off, shooting 13 of 22 from the floor and 8 of 11 from three-point land. With a True Shooting Percentage of 79.3%, Thompson made the most of every shot he took and helped the Warriors to a redeeming win over Lillard and the Blazers.
Reggie Jackson, Detroit Pistons
Getting acclimated to the addition of new teammate Tobias Harris hasn't been all that easy for Reggie Jackson. However, this past week Jackson finally showed us what he can do with all the weapons around him, going off to the tune of 30 points and 9 assists in a big home win against the Portland Trail Blazers. In his promising performance, the Detroit point man hit all 7 of his free throw attempts and shot 57.9% on 19 attempts from the field.