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Spurs set modern record for NBA Finals offensive rating

Jun 16, 2014, 10:02 PM EDT

The Spurs clobbered the Heat in the NBA Finals, setting a record by outscoring Miami by 70 points.

How did they do it?

Though it’s defense was fine, San Antonio gained its big advantage on offense.

The Spurs moved the ball, got open looks and knocked them down. It seems simple, but they perfected the scheme and its nuances.

San Antonio scored 119.0 points per 100 possessions – the best offensive rating in any Finals since at least 1978, when the NBA began tracking turnovers.

Here’s the offensive ratings (black) and defensive ratings (silver) of every NBA champion in the Finals since then. (Click to enlarge.)

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Team Offensive rating Defensive rating
2014 SAS (d. MIA, 4-1) 119.0 102.8
1989 DET (d. LAL, 4-0) 117.2 109.5
1995 HOU (d. ORL, 4-0) 116.3 105.6
2002 LAL (d. NJN, 4-0) 115.2 102.2
1987 LAL (d. BOS, 4-2) 114.7 111.3
2012 MIA (d. OKC, 4-1) 112.9 106.4
1991 CHI (d. LAL, 4-1) 112.0 101.7
1985 LAL (d. BOS, 4-2) 110.3 105.8
2008 BOS (d. LAL, 4-2) 109.5 101.3
1993 CHI (d. PHO, 4-2) 109.2 109.4
2001 LAL (d. PHI, 4-1) 108.4 99.1
1986 BOS (d. HOU, 4-2) 108.1 102.5
2009 LAL (d. ORL, 4-1) 108.0 97.2
2000 LAL (d. IND, 4-2) 107.9 113.5
1992 CHI (d. POR, 4-2) 107.8 99.9
1983 PHI (d. LAL, 4-0) 107.6 95.5
2011 DAL (d. MIA, 4-2) 107.5 105.3
2013 MIA (d. SAS, 4-3) 106.6 105.6
1996 CHI (d. SEA, 4-2) 105.8 103.9
1984 BOS (d. LAL, 4-3) 105.8 108.7
1990 DET (d. POR, 4-1) 105.7 100.1
1982 LAL (d. PHI, 4-2) 105.3 104.7
2004 DET (d. LAL, 4-1) 105.0 92.4
1988 LAL (d. DET, 4-3) 104.7 109.8
1980 LAL (d. PHI, 4-2) 103.9 99.6
2010 LAL (d. BOS, 4-3) 102.8 98.5
2007 SAS (d. CLE, 4-0) 102.5 94.2
1997 CHI (d. UTA, 4-2) 102.3 101.0
1998 CHI (d. UTA, 4-2) 102.1 93.0
1981 BOS (d. HOU, 4-2) 101.4 91.0
2005 SAS (d. DET, 4-3) 100.3 102.6
2006 MIA (d. DAL, 4-2) 99.3 97.8
1978 WSB (d. SEA, 4-3) 98.7 95.1
1979 SEA (d. WSB, 4-1) 98.1 91.5
1999 SAS (d. NYK, 4-1) 97.7 89.0
2003 SAS (d. NJN, 4-2) 97.4 90.0
1994 HOU (d. NYK, 4-3) 96.2 98.2

There are multiple formulae for estimating number of possessions. I used FGA-ORB+TOV+FTA*.44.

  1. antistratfordian - Jun 16, 2014 at 10:10 PM

    And it looked like it.

    • jkirby317 - Jun 16, 2014 at 11:34 PM

      When did YOU realize “they looked like it”? All you could say was how the HEAT outplayed them. How the series would go 7. Now that LBJ is gone you are a SPURS fan? Good to see you didn’t harm yourself.

      • antistratfordian - Jun 16, 2014 at 11:43 PM

        Those battles are over, kirby. It’s time to move on.

      • jkirby317 - Jun 16, 2014 at 11:44 PM

        as long as you are talking crazy on here… I will be here to set you straight.

      • antistratfordian - Jun 16, 2014 at 11:51 PM

        Yeah, you’re doing a bang up job of that, Pacers fan.

      • jkirby317 - Jun 16, 2014 at 11:53 PM

        You have to feel weird being a fan of a player and not a team. Especially since you don’t know which team to hate or love next season. Just give it time… I am sure your “bro” LBJ will tell you (and everyone else at the same time via some elaborate TV show on the Oprah network) which team you should then pretend that you loved since you were 9.

      • antistratfordian - Jun 17, 2014 at 12:05 AM

        I don’t because I didn’t grow up within 2000 miles of a franchise… so there is nothing to feel weird about.

        And I have always been completely open about my loyalties – no one has pretended to be a Heat fan since they were 9.

        You, on the other hand, spent the last few weeks being a major Spurs fans. That is true bandwagon riding on your part.

      • jkirby317 - Jun 17, 2014 at 12:14 AM

        In Indiana we can respect the game of basketball. We don’t just like the way that 1 guy looks doing it. Specifically, the past series was fun for me as a Pacers fan because I got to see good basketball (played by 1 team) and the HEAT lose. So, have I enjoyed the finals? Yes… but I am all 317.

      • antistratfordian - Jun 17, 2014 at 12:22 AM

        Well here’s a newsflash: Literally no one gives a sh-t about what people are doing in Indiana. No offense.

        But you’re more anti-305 than you are 317.

      • jkirby317 - Jun 17, 2014 at 12:27 AM

        Did WADE tell you that joke at your birthday party?

      • redbaronx - Jun 17, 2014 at 1:04 AM

        @jkirby317 – Anti doesn’t want to admit the Heat got flogged or that overall the Spurs were the better team last year. When he goes to sleep he dreams of five LeBrons all playing the Spurs at once. Then he wakes up and realizes he’s just suffering from another delusion….

      • loungefly74 - Jun 17, 2014 at 9:37 AM

        Anti’s world is in disarray till he knows what Lebron does…because he follows a player…not a team. pathetic. only kids and girls do that.

    • azarkhan - Jun 17, 2014 at 10:00 AM

      Anti-intelligent, you were soooooo right about the Spurs-Mavericks series. That 7 game series against the 8th seed really did illustrate how weak and fragile the Spurs title hopes were. (LOL)

      • antistratfordian - Jun 17, 2014 at 2:24 PM

        Well it literally did. Playing a 7th game in the first round is the definition of fragility.

  2. chunkala - Jun 16, 2014 at 10:52 PM

    Huh?

  3. jollyjoker2 - Jun 16, 2014 at 11:17 PM

    I think they would have beat the bulls in their prime. They just hit every thing and moved the ball. Lebron is great but not against a team who has 8 guys on fire.

  4. ravenswhat - Jun 17, 2014 at 7:40 AM

    But but it’s all LeBron’s fault!!!

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