STATS: NBA Week 12 Notes
Posted Jan 22 2008 1:05AM
Jan. 21, 2008 -- STATS goes inside the numbers and provides a weekly look at the most noteworthy boxscore happenings in the NBA. This is the twelfth installment of the season, covering games from Jan 14-20.
LeBron James went for 51 points, nine assists and eight rebounds in the Cavaliers’ 132-124 overtime win over Memphis on Tuesday. He is the only active player to have at least 50 points, nine assists and eight rebounds in a single game. Kobe Bryant (twice) and Gilbert Arenas each had games with at least 50 points, eight assists and eight rebounds. Cleveland has played five overtime games this season, with James averaging 38.0 points, 10.4 rebounds and 9.8 assists in those contests.
Entering this week, Steve Nash (12.1), Jason Kidd (10.7) and Chris Paul (10.5) are averaging over 10 assists per game for the season. The last time three players averaged 10 or more assists per contest was in 1991-92, when John Stockton (13.7), Kevin Johnson (10.7) and Tim Hardaway (10.0) all averaged double figures in assists.
Marcus Camby had 24 rebounds and 11 blocks in the Nuggets’ 120-109 win over the Jazz on Thursday. The last player to have at least 24 boards and block 10 or more shots in a single game was Shaquille O’Neal, with 28 rebounds and 15 blocks against the Nets on November 20, 1993.
With Andrew Bynum sidelined with a knee injury, Kobe Bryant scored 48 points and attempted 44 field goals in the Lakers’ 123-121 overtime win over the Sonics last Monday, 10 more shots than any player has attempted in any game this season.
The Lakers take on the Spurs in San Antonio this Wednesday. San Antonio is 24-23 all-time against Phil Jackson coached teams. The only other club with a winning record against Phil Jackson is the Charlotte Bobcats (3-1).
The Celtics have held each of their last 21 opponents under 100 points entering this week. Boston had previously held its opponent under 100 points in 10 or more consecutive contests just one other time during the shot clock era (15 straight from October 29 to November 28, 2003). The last team to hold 20 straight opponents below 100 points was the San Antonio Spurs, who did so in 22 straight contests from December 21, 2005 to February 2, 2006.
Gerald Wallace averaged 34.7 points in the Charlotte Bobcats’ three wins last week. Wallace has scored 199 of his points this season off opponent turnovers, the most of any player in the league.
The New Orleans Hornets have won four straight games entering this week, shooting .552 from three-point range in those contests. For the season, the Hornets have made more than half of their three-point attempts in nine games, more than any other team in the league.