STATS: NBA Week 15 Notes
Posted Feb 17 2008 7:52PM
Feb. 11, 2008 -- STATS goes inside the numbers and provides a weekly look at the most noteworthy boxscore happenings in the NBA. This is the fifteenth installment of the season, covering games from Feb. 4-10.
Shaquille OíNealís trade to Phoenix will give him an opportunity to become just the third player in league history to win championships with three different franchises, joining Robert Horry and John Salley. Should Phoenix win the West, OíNeal, who began his career with Orlando before winning titles with the Lakers and Heat, would become the first player in NBA history to advance to the NBA Finals with four different teams.
Opposing starting centers are averaging 15.5 points per game against the Suns the season, the highest such scoring average allowed by any team in the league.
The Boston Celtics improved to 16-0 against the Western Conference in 2007-08 with Sundayís win over the San Antonio Spurs. The 16 straight wins against the West to start a season are the most by any Eastern Conference club in NBA history.
LeBron James scored 33 points in the Cavaliersí 114-113 win over the Celtics last Tuesday. James has scored at least 30 points in each of his last nine games against Boston, the longest current streak by a player against any team in the league.
Dirk Nowitzki recorded the first triple-double of his career on Wednesday against the Bucks. He did so in his 729th career contest, the most games by any active player before getting his first triple-double. In all, 66 active players have recorded at least one triple-double during their career.
Deron Williams had his string on nine straight contests with at least 10 points and 10 assists snapped in the Jazzís 117-104 loss at Sacramento on Friday. He was looking to join Steve Nash as the only active players to record at least 10 points and 10 assists in 10 straight games at some point in their career.
With their win over Charlotte on Sunday, the Detroit Pistons moved to 37-13 on the season. Only the 2005-06 Pistons, who began that campaign 41-9, posted a better 50-game mark in franchise history.
Jason Kidd totaled 27 assists and 17 rebounds in the Netsí back-to-back wins over the Bobcats and Mavericks on Friday and Sunday. Kidd currently leads all players with 923 combined assists and rebounds in 2007-08, something he has done four other times n his career. Only Wilt Chamberlain (11), Magic Johnson (7) and Kevin Garnett (6) have done so more often in NBA history.