2012–13 NBA season

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2012–13 NBA season
League National Basketball Association
Sport Basketball
Duration October 30, 2012 – April 17, 2013
April 20 – June 3, 2013 (Playoffs)
June 6 – 20, 2013 (Finals)
Number of teams 30
TV partner(s) ABC, TNT, ESPN, NBA TV
Draft
Top draft pick Anthony Davis
Picked by New Orleans Hornets
Regular Season
Top seed Miami Heat
Season MVP LeBron James (Miami Heat)
Top scorer Carmelo Anthony (New York)
Playoffs
Eastern champions Miami Heat
  Eastern runners-up Indiana Pacers
Western champions San Antonio Spurs
  Western runners-up Memphis Grizzlies
Finals
Champions Miami Heat
  Runners-up San Antonio Spurs
Finals MVP LeBron James (Miami Heat)
NBA seasons

The 2012–13 NBA season was the 67th season of the National Basketball Association (NBA). The regular season began on Tuesday, October 30, 2012, when the 2011–12 NBA Champions Miami Heat started the season by hosting the Boston Celtics. The 2013 NBA All-Star Game was played on February 17, 2013, at Toyota Center in Houston, Texas. The regular season ended on Wednesday, April 17, 2013, and the playoffs began on Saturday, April 20, 2013 and ended on June 20, 2013 with the Miami Heat defeating the San Antonio Spurs in seven games to win the 2013 NBA Finals.[1]

Transactions[edit]

Free agency[edit]

Free agency negotiation started on July 1, 2012, with players being able to sign starting July 11, after the July moratorium ended.

Coaching changes[edit]

Coaching changes
Offseason
Team 2011–12 coach 2012–13 coach
Charlotte Bobcats Paul Silas Mike Dunlap
Orlando Magic Stan Van Gundy Jacque Vaughn
Portland Trail Blazers Kaleb Canales (interim) Terry Stotts
In-season
Team Outgoing coach Incoming coach
Los Angeles Lakers Mike Brown Bernie Bickerstaff (interim)
Bernie Bickerstaff (interim) Mike D'Antoni
Brooklyn Nets Avery Johnson P. J. Carlesimo (interim)
Milwaukee Bucks Scott Skiles Jim Boylan (interim)
Phoenix Suns Alvin Gentry Lindsey Hunter (interim)

Offseason[edit]

Regular season[edit]

  • On November 9, 2012, the Los Angeles Lakers fired Mike Brown after starting the season 1–4 and named Bernie Bickerstaff as interim head coach.[7] It is one of the earliest regular season head coach firings in NBA history.[8] On November 12, 2012, the Lakers hired Mike D'Antoni as official head coach and demoted Bickerstaff back to an assistant head coach.[9]
  • On December 27, 2012, the Brooklyn Nets fired Avery Johnson after losing 10 out of 13 games in December, which came right after winning the Eastern Conference's Coach of the Month award in November. The team promoted assistant P. J. Carlesimo as interim head coach.[10]
  • On January 8, 2013, the Milwaukee Bucks and Scott Skiles mutually agreed to part ways after starting the season with a 16–16 record. The team promoted assistant Jim Boylan as interim head coach.
  • On January 18, 2013, the Phoenix Suns and Alvin Gentry mutually agreed to part ways. The Suns' 13–28 record at the time of Gentry's departure was the worst in the Western Conference. The team promoted assistant and development coach Lindsey Hunter as interim head coach.

Preseason[edit]

The preseason started on Friday, October 5, 2012, and ended on Friday, October 26, 2012.

NBA Europe Live 2012 was played October 5 – 7 and 9, 2012 featuring the Boston Celtics, Dallas Mavericks, and teams from Europe (Fenerbahçe Ülker, Alba Berlin, Olimpia Milano and Regal FC Barcelona). The Miami Heat defeated the Los Angeles Clippers at the sixth annual NBA China Games on October 11 in Beijing. A second game took place on October 14 in Shanghai. On October 7, the NBA Mexico Games 2012 were played between the New Orleans Hornets and Orlando Magic. Finally, the NBA Canada Series was played on October 19 between the Toronto Raptors and New York Knicks in Montreal, and on October 24 between the Minnesota Timberwolves and Detroit Pistons in Winnipeg.

Regular season[edit]

The regular season started on Tuesday October 30, 2012, when the 2011–12 NBA Champions Miami Heat defeated the Boston Celtics 120–107. The regular season ended on Wednesday, April 17, 2013. The entire schedule was released on Thursday night July 26 at 7 PM ET on NBA TV.

For the first time since 2008, the NBA did not schedule any Thanksgiving games. The NBA's annual Christmas games featured, in chronological order, the Boston Celtics at the Brooklyn Nets, the New York Knicks at the Los Angeles Lakers, the Oklahoma City Thunder at the Miami Heat, the Houston Rockets at the Chicago Bulls, and the Denver Nuggets at the Los Angeles Clippers (thus the Staples Center will be in the rare situation of hosting two NBA games on the same day).

A regular season game took place at the O2 Arena in London, England between the Detroit Pistons and the New York Knicks on January 17, 2013. The Knicks won the game 102–87.[11]

Standings[edit]

By division[edit]

By conference[edit]

Notes

  • z – Clinched home court advantage for the entire playoffs
  • c – Clinched home court advantage for the conference playoffs
  • y – Clinched division title
  • x – Clinched playoff spot
  • dagger – In the aftermath of the Boston Marathon bombings, the NBA canceled the April 16 game scheduled in Boston between the Celtics and the Pacers; the game was not rescheduled because it would have had no impact on either team's playoff seedings.[12]

Statistics leaders[edit]

Individual statistic leaders[edit]

Category Player Team Statistics/Points
Points per game Carmelo Anthony New York Knicks 28.7
Rebounds per game Dwight Howard Los Angeles Lakers 12.4
Assists per game Rajon Rondo Boston Celtics 11.1
Steals per game Chris Paul Los Angeles Clippers 2.41
Blocks per game Serge Ibaka Oklahoma City Thunder 3.03
Turnovers per game Jrue Holiday Philadelphia 76ers 3.8
Minutes per game Luol Deng Chicago Bulls 38.7
Fouls per game Dwight Howard Los Angeles Lakers 3.8
Technical Fouls (Total Points) DeMarcus Cousins Sacramento Kings 15
Russell Westbrook Oklahoma City Thunder
Flagrant Fouls (Total Points) Dwight Howard Los Angeles Lakers 5
Metta World Peace
DeMarcus Cousins Sacramento Kings
Matt Barnes Los Angeles Clippers
Efficiency per game LeBron James Miami Heat 31.6
FG% DeAndre Jordan Los Angeles Clippers .643
FT% Kevin Durant Oklahoma City Thunder .905
3FG% Jose Calderon Detroit Pistons/Toronto Raptors .461
Double-Doubles David Lee Golden State Warriors 56
Triple-Doubles Rajon Rondo Boston Celtics 5

Individual game highs[edit]

Category Player Team Statistics
Points Stephen Curry Golden State Warriors 54
Rebounds Nikola Vučević Orlando Magic 29
Assists Rajon Rondo Boston Celtics 20
Steals Kemba Walker Charlotte Bobcats 8
Ricky Rubio Minnesota Timberwolves
Blocks Roy Hibbert Indiana Pacers 11
Joakim Noah Chicago Bulls
Three Point Field Goals Stephen Curry Golden State Warriors 11
Deron Williams Brooklyn Nets

Awards[edit]

Yearly awards[edit]

Players of the week[edit]

The following players were named the Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Week.

Week Eastern Conference Western Conference Ref.
01Oct. 30 – Nov. 4 Jennings, BrandonBrandon Jennings (Milwaukee Bucks) (1/2) Harden, JamesJames Harden (Houston Rockets) (1/3) [26]
02Nov. 5 – Nov. 11 James, LeBronLeBron James (Miami Heat) (1/6) Faried, KennethKenneth Faried (Denver Nuggets) (1/1) [27]
03Nov. 12 – Nov. 18 James, LeBronLeBron James (Miami Heat) (2/6) Durant, KevinKevin Durant (Oklahoma City Thunder) (1/4) [28]
04Nov. 19 – Nov. 25 Horford, AlAl Horford (Atlanta Hawks) (1/1) Duncan, TimTim Duncan (San Antonio Spurs) (1/1) [29]
05Nov. 26 – Dec. 2 Anthony, CarmeloCarmelo Anthony (New York Knicks) (1/4) Durant, KevinKevin Durant (Oklahoma City Thunder) (2/4) [30]
06Dec. 3 – Dec. 9 Smith, JoshJosh Smith (Atlanta Hawks) (1/1) Griffin, BlakeBlake Griffin (Los Angeles Clippers) (1/1) [31]
07Dec. 10 – Dec. 16 George, PaulPaul George (Indiana Pacers) (1/1) Lee, DavidDavid Lee (Golden State Warriors) (1/2) [32]
08Dec. 17 – Dec. 23 James, LeBronLeBron James (Miami Heat) (3/6) Paul, ChrisChris Paul (Los Angeles Clippers) (1/1) [33]
09Dec. 24 – Dec. 30 Ellis, MontaMonta Ellis (Milwaukee Bucks) (1/2) Vásquez, GreivisGreivis Vásquez (New Orleans Hornets) (1/1) [34]
10Dec. 31 – Jan. 6 Anthony, CarmeloCarmelo Anthony (New York Knicks) (2/4) Harden, JamesJames Harden (Houston Rockets) (2/3) [35]
11Jan. 7 – Jan. 13 Jennings, BrandonBrandon Jennings (Milwaukee Bucks) (2/2) Durant, KevinKevin Durant (Oklahoma City Thunder) (3/4) [36]
12Jan. 14 – Jan. 20 Boozer, CarlosCarlos Boozer (Chicago Bulls) (1/1) Durant, KevinKevin Durant (Oklahoma City Thunder) (4/4) [37]
13Jan. 21 – Jan. 27 Irving, KyrieKyrie Irving (Cleveland Cavaliers) (1/1) Parker, TonyTony Parker (San Antonio Spurs) (1/1) [38]
14Jan. 28 – Feb. 3 Robinson, NateNate Robinson (Chicago Bulls) (1/1) Lee, DavidDavid Lee (Golden State Warriors) (2/2) [39]
15Feb. 4 – Feb. 10 James, LeBronLeBron James (Miami Heat) (4/6) Westbrook, RussellRussell Westbrook (Oklahoma City Thunder) (1/1) [40]
16Feb. 19 – Feb. 24 James, LeBronLeBron James (Miami Heat) (5/6) Bryant, KobeKobe Bryant (Los Angeles Lakers) (1/3) [41]
17Feb. 25 – Mar. 3 Ellis, MontaMonta Ellis (Milwaukee Bucks) (2/2) Lawson, TyTy Lawson (Denver Nuggets) (1/1) [42]
18Mar. 4 – Mar. 10 Wade, DwyaneDwyane Wade (Miami Heat) (1/1) Bryant, KobeKobe Bryant (Los Angeles Lakers) (2/3) [43]
19Mar. 11 – Mar. 17 Wall, JohnJohn Wall (Washington Wizards) (1/1) Aldridge, LaMarcusLaMarcus Aldridge (Portland Trail Blazers) (1/1) [44]
20Mar. 18 – Mar. 24 James, LeBronLeBron James (Miami Heat) (6/6) Harden, JamesJames Harden (Houston Rockets) (3/3) [45]
21Mar. 25 – Mar. 31 Smith, J. R.J. R. Smith (New York Knicks) (1/1) Jefferson, AlAl Jefferson (Utah Jazz) (1/1) [46]
22Apr. 1 – Apr. 7 Anthony, CarmeloCarmelo Anthony (New York Knicks) (3/4) Peković, NikolaNikola Peković (Minnesota Timberwolves) (1/1) [47]
23Apr. 8 – Apr. 14 Anthony, CarmeloCarmelo Anthony (New York Knicks) (4/4) Bryant, KobeKobe Bryant (Los Angeles Lakers) (3/3) [48]

Players of the month[edit]

The following players were named the Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Month.

Month Eastern Conference Western Conference Ref.
1October – November James, LeBronLeBron James (Miami Heat) (1/5) Durant, KevinKevin Durant (Oklahoma City Thunder) (1/2) [49]
2December James, LeBronLeBron James (Miami Heat) (2/5) Paul, ChrisChris Paul (Los Angeles Clippers) (1/1) [50]
3January James, LeBronLeBron James (Miami Heat) (3/5) Parker, TonyTony Parker (San Antonio Spurs) (1/1) [51]
4February James, LeBronLeBron James (Miami Heat) (4/5) Bryant, KobeKobe Bryant (Los Angeles Lakers) (1/1) [52]
5March James, LeBronLeBron James (Miami Heat) (5/5) Durant, KevinKevin Durant (Oklahoma City Thunder) (2/2) [53]
6April Anthony, CarmeloCarmelo Anthony (New York Knicks) (1/1) Curry, StephenStephen Curry (Golden State Warriors) (1/1) [54]

Rookies of the month[edit]

The following players were named the Eastern and Western Conference Rookies of the Month.

Month Eastern Conference Western Conference Ref.
1October – November Kidd-Gilchrist, MichaelMichael Kidd-Gilchrist (Charlotte Bobcats) (1/1) Lillard, DamianDamian Lillard (Portland Trail Blazers) (1/6) [55]
2December Beal, BradleyBradley Beal (Washington Wizards) (1/2) Lillard, DamianDamian Lillard (Portland Trail Blazers) (2/6) [56]
3January Beal, BradleyBradley Beal (Washington Wizards) (2/2) Lillard, DamianDamian Lillard (Portland Trail Blazers) (3/6) [57]
4February Waiters, DionDion Waiters (Cleveland Cavaliers) (1/1) Lillard, DamianDamian Lillard (Portland Trail Blazers) (4/6) [58]
5March Valančiūnas, JonasJonas Valančiūnas (Toronto Raptors) (1/1) Lillard, DamianDamian Lillard (Portland Trail Blazers) (5/6) [59]
6April Copeland, ChrisChris Copeland (New York Knicks) (1/1) Lillard, DamianDamian Lillard (Portland Trail Blazers) (6/6) [60]

Coaches of the month[edit]

The following coaches were named the Eastern and Western Conference Coaches of the Month.

Month Eastern Conference Western Conference Ref.
1October – November Johnson, AveryAvery Johnson (Brooklyn Nets) (1/1) Hollins, LionelLionel Hollins (Memphis Grizzlies) (1/2) [61]
2December Drew, LarryLarry Drew (Atlanta Hawks) (1/1) Del Negro, VinnyVinny Del Negro (Los Angeles Clippers) (1/1) [62]
3January Thibodeau, TomTom Thibodeau (Chicago Bulls) (1/1) Karl, GeorgeGeorge Karl (Denver Nuggets) (1/2) [63]
4February Spoelstra, ErikErik Spoelstra (Miami Heat) (1/2) Hollins, LionelLionel Hollins (Memphis Grizzlies) (2/2) [64]
5March Spoelstra, ErikErik Spoelstra (Miami Heat) (2/2) Karl, GeorgeGeorge Karl (Denver Nuggets) (2/2) [65]
6April Woodson, MikeMike Woodson (New York Knicks) (1/1) D'Antoni, MikeMike D'Antoni (Los Angeles Lakers) (1/1) [66]

Postseason[edit]

Main article: 2013 NBA Playoffs

The playoffs began on Saturday, April 20, 2013, and concludes with the 2013 NBA Finals, which began on June 6 between the Miami Heat and the San Antonio Spurs

Bracket[edit]

First Round Conference Semifinals Conference Finals NBA Finals
                       
1 Miami* 4
8 Milwaukee 0
1 Miami 4
5 Chicago 1
4 Brooklyn 3
5 Chicago 4
1 Miami 4
Eastern Conference
3 Indiana 3
2 New York* 4
7 Boston 2
2 New York 2
3 Indiana 4
3 Indiana* 4
6 Atlanta 2
W1 Miami 4
E2 San Antonio 3
1 Oklahoma City* 4
8 Houston 2
1 Oklahoma City 1
5 Memphis 4
4 L.A. Clippers* 2
5 Memphis 4
5 Memphis 0
Western Conference
2 San Antonio 4
2 San Antonio* 4
7 L.A. Lakers 0
2 San Antonio 4
6 Golden State 2
3 Denver 2
6 Golden State 4

* Division winner
Bold Series winner
italics Team with home-court advantage


Notable occurrences[edit]

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