Feb. 4, 2008 -- STATS goes inside the numbers and provides a weekly look at the most noteworthy boxscore happenings in the NBA. This is the fourteenth installment of the season, covering games from Jan 28-Feb 3.

The Minnesota Timberwolves defeated the Chicago Bulls 83-67 last Wednesday despite getting outscored 14-8 in the first quarter. The eight points are tied for the second lowest scoring output in the opening quarter by a winning team in the shot clock era (1954-55). The Celtics beat the Bucks 91-83 on November 12, 1974 after scoring just seven points in the first quarter.

Travis Outlaw hit a game-tying shot with five seconds left in the fourth quarter and the go-ahead bucket in overtime of the Trail Blazers' 94-88 win over the Knicks last Friday. For the season, Outlaw has made 34 field goals with the scoring margin within three points in the fourth quarter and overtime. Only LeBron James, with 64 such buckets, has more in 2007-08, while teammate Brandon Roy ranks third with 31.

LeBron James scored 37 points in leading Cleveland to an 84-83 win over Portland last Wednesday, as he was the only Cav to score in double figures. Only two other times this decade has a team won a game in which only one player reached 10 points, both of which were done by the Lakers. Kobe Bryant scored 62 points in a 112-90 win over Dallas on December 20, 2005 and 44 points in a 93-87 win over the Hornets on February 2, 2001.

The Suns’ starting frontcourt of Amare Stoudemire, Shawn Marion and Boris Diaw combined to hit 25 of their 29 field-goal attempts in Phoenix’s 125-92 win over the Hawks last Tuesday. Their .862 shooting from the field was the highest by a team’s starting frontcourt since December 26, 2005, when the New Jersey Nets’ trio of Richard Jefferson, Nenad Krstic and Jason Collins hit 17 of their 19 field-goal attempts (.895) against the Knicks.

Caron Butler returned from a three-game absence for the Wizards’ 103-91 loss to the Lakers on Sunday. He missed his first free throw in over a month, snapping his string of 73 straight makes at the line. That is the longest streak of any player in the league in 2007-08. Steve Nash had a streak of 74 consecutive free-throws made snapped in November that dated back to April of last season..

The Hornets’ 117-93 win over the Nuggets last Monday was not only the team’s ninth consecutive win, but also the club’s seventh straight victory by at least 14 points. That is the second-longest such streak by any team during the shot clock era, trailing only the Detroit Pistons’ run of eight straight wins by at least 14 points in March of the 2003-04 season..

Al Thornton scored a career-best 33 points coming off the bench in the Clippers’ 95-88 win over the Hawks on Wednesday. The 33 points were the second most by a rookie as a reserve over the past 15 seasons, trailing only Ben Gordon, who scored 35 points coming off the bench on March 30, 2005 against the Bobcats..

The Western Conference had nine teams that were at least nine games above .500 through the end of January. That is the most by either conference entering the month of February in any season in league history.