Feb. 25, 2008 -- STATS goes inside the numbers and provides a weekly look at the most noteworthy boxscore happenings in the NBA. This is the seventeenth installment of the season, covering games from Feb. 18-24.

The Los Angeles Lakers led the Hawks by 36 points (73-37) at the half of their 122-93 win last Tuesday, tied for the largest halftime lead by the Lakers in the shot clock era. L.A. also led by 36 points (71-35) at the half of its 128-92 win over the Kings on February 4, 1987.

Chris Paul had 31 points, 11 assists and nine steals in the Hornets’ 104-93 win over the Mavericks on Wednesday. He became the first player to have at least 30 points, 10 assists and nine steals in a game since Scottie Pippen did so for the Bulls on March 8, 1994 against the Hawks.

At 33-22 (.600), the Golden State Warriors and Denver Nuggets were tied for the No. 8 seed in the Western Conference through Sunday’s games. The highest winning percentage for a team that failed to make the playoffs in NBA history is .598, done by the 1971-72 Phoenix Suns (49-33).

The Knicks outscored the Wizards 23-10 in overtime of their 113-100 win at Washington last Tuesday. The 23 points scored were the most by a team in an overtime period since the New Jersey Nets outscored the Clippers 25-14 in overtime of their 106-95 victory on November 30, 1996.

J.R. Smith scored 43 points off the bench in the Nuggets’ 135-121 loss to the Bulls on Friday. That was the highest scoring output by a reserve since Darius Miles scored 47 points for Portland on April 19, 2005 against Denver.

Kevin Durant (19.2) is averaging 8.2 more points per game this season than the rookie with the next highest scoring average, Al Thornton (11.0). That is the largest difference between the top two scoring rookies in a season since David Robinson (24.3) averaged 9.6 more points per game than Tim Hardaway (14.7) in 1989-90.

Ten teams scored at least 110 points last Friday. It is just the third time since 1995-96 that as many as 10 different teams scored at least 110 points on the same day.

Entering this week, there has been an average of 12.9 three-pointers made per game league-wide in 2007-08. That would be the most ever in a single season, eclipsing the 12.1 threes per game made in 2006-07.