Defending Nowitzki Remains Key for Thunder

Defending Nowitzki Remains Key for Thunder

No matter who the Thunder threw at Nowitzki defensively — Serge Ibaka, Nick Collison, Kendrick Perkins, Kevin Durant, even guards Thabo Sefolosha and James Harden — all were mere mortals against the 7-foot, 245-pound German who tortures defenders both inside and out.

One way to measure overall scoring efficiency is to use true shooting percentage, which takes into account field goals, 3-pointers and free throws to give an overall measure of how efficiently a player scores.

The average true shooting percentage over the previous 15 postseasons was 53.3 percent. Nowitzki's true shooting percentage of 93.9 in Game 1 was the highest ever calculated, by far.

Nowitzki finished 12 for 15 from the field and set a playoff record by going 24 for 24 from the free-throw line. He also pitched in six rebounds, four assists and four blocked shots.

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