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Dwight Howard recorded back-to-back 20-point/20-rebound performances in Orlando’s Game 1 and 2 wins over the Raptors. He joins Tim Duncan, Shaquille O’Neal and Kevin Garnett as the only active players to have at least 20 points and 20 rebounds in back-to-back playoff games.
The road team won the first three games of the Jazz-Rockets series before Utah pulled out a home win in Game 4. It was just the just the eighth seven-game series in NBA history in which the road team has won each of the first three games. Houston has been a part of five of those series, including each of the last four.
Tracy McGrady’s field-goal percentage has dropped with each quarter in the first round, hitting 48.0 percent of his shots in the first, 42.9 in the second, 37.5 in the third and just 18.8 in the fourth.
In the Game 3 loss to the Sixers, Detroit missed 17 straight shots in a span covering most of the 3rd quarter through the early part of the 4th quarter. That is tied for the most consecutive field goals missed by a team in a postseason contest since 2002-03.
Kevin Garnett has recorded a double-double in 16 straight playoff games dating back to the 2004 postseason. The only active player with a longer double-double streak in the postseason is Shaquille O’Neal, who had separate streaks of 22 and 19 from 1999-2000 to 2003-04.
Kobe Bryant had 49 points and 10 assists in the Lakers’ Game 2 win over the Nuggets last Wednesday. The 49 points scored are the most by any active player in a playoff game while recording at least 10 assists in the same contest.
The Washington Wizards won Game 3 of their series with the Cavaliers, 108-72 on Thursday after losing Game 2 by a score of 116-86. They are the first team in NBA history to win a playoff game by at least 30 points after losing its previous contest by at least 30 points.
The Utah Jazz took Game 1 of their first-round series against the Rockets in Houston on Saturday. Utah had lost seven straight Game 1’s on the road dating back to 1995-96.
The Mavericks’ loss in Game 4 snapped the club’s 14-game home-winning streak against the Hornets. It was Dallas’ second longest win streak at home against any team in franchise history. The Mavericks won 16 straight games against the Warriors in Dallas from December 1982 to December 1988.