STATS: NBA Week 19 Notes
Posted Mar 17 2008 10:23AM
Mar. 10, 2008 -- STATS goes inside the numbers and provides a weekly look at the most noteworthy boxscore happenings in the NBA. This is the nineteenth installment of the season, covering games from Mar. 3 - 9.
With his 34-point effort last Saturday against the Nets, Dirk Nowitzki became the Mavericks all-time leading scorer with 16,644 career points. He is one of seven players all-time that currently lead a franchise in scoring while playing each game of his career for that club (John Havlicek – Celtics, Brad Daugherty – Cavaliers, Isiah Thomas – Pistons, Reggie Miller – Pacers, Jerry West – Lakers, Hal Greer – 76ers).
The Rockets will look to become the fourth team in NBA history to win 19 straight games on Monday against the Nets. The three other clubs to do so, the 1970-71 Bucks (20), 1971-72 Lakers (33) and 1999-2000 Lakers (19), each went on to win the title that season..
LeBron James had 50 points and 10 assists in the Cavaliers’ 119-105 win over the Knicks at Madison Square Garden last Wednesday. He became the third player since 1991-92 to have at least 50 points and 10 assists in a single game, joining Michael Jordan (12/23/1992) and Stephon Marbury (2/13/2001).
LeBron James has scored a total of 557 points after the third quarter this season. That is 125 more than the player with the next highest total, Hedo Turkoglu (432).
The Boston Celtics will be looking to become the first team this season to reach 50 wins on Monday at Philadelphia. For seven straight seasons from 1985-86 to 1991-92, the first team in the league to get to 50 wins went on to capture the championship. In the 15 seasons since then, only four clubs have managed to do so – the Bulls in 1995-96 and 1996-97 and the Lakers in 1999-2000 and 2001-02.
Chris Paul had at least 20 points and 15 assists in two contests last week. He has had seven such performances this season, the same as the rest of the players in the league have combined for in 2007-08.
There has been an average of 42.4 personal fouls per game so far in 2007-08. That would be the fewest in any season in the shot clock era (since 1954-55). The previous low was set in 2001-02, at 42.5 personal fouls per contest.
The Pistons allowed an opponent to score more than 105 points in a game for the first time this season in their 116-109 win over the Bulls on Sunday. The 2000-01 Miami Heat are the only team in the shot clock era to allow 105 points or less in each game for an entire season.