STATS: NBA Week 3 Notes
Posted Nov 19 2007 5:17PM
Nov. 19, 2007 -- STATS goes inside the numbers and provides a weekly look at the most noteworthy boxscore happenings in the NBA. This is the third installment of the season, covering games from Nov. 12-18.
After starting the season with eight straight wins, the Boston Celtics were handed their first loss on Sunday against the Magic. Including the Celtics, six teams over the past 10 years have started off 8-0. Of those clubs, only the 2000-01 76ers advanced to the NBA Finals. The last team to start 8-0 and win it all was the 1996-97 Chicago Bulls
Kobe Bryant and the Lakers will be facing the Celtics on Friday night. Kobe averaged 41.0 points per game against Boston over the previous two seasons, the highest scoring average by a player against any team since 2005-06.
Orlando has started 2007-08 with six straight road wins. Only three Eastern Conference teams since 1970-71 (first season of conference play) have started off with seven straight wins away from home - 1972-73 Celtics, 1981-82 76ers and the 2003-04 Pacers. The Magic will travel to New Orleans and San Antonio for their first two contests this week.
Dwight Howard has averaged 23.3 points and 15.8 rebounds in the Magic's six road games. Entering this week, Howard had more dunks himself (39) than 23 other teams.
LeBron James had 39 points, 14 assists and 13 rebounds in an overtime loss to Orlando last Wednesday. It was his second game already this season with at least 30 points, 13 rebounds and 13 assists. No other active player has two such performances in their entire careers. Jason Kidd, Grant Hill and Michael Finley each have done so once.
The Hornets' 120-118 overtime win in Memphis last Friday was the club's tenth straight overtime victory dating back to April 2006. The only team over the past 50 years with a longer overtime-win streak is the San Antonio Spurs with 11 from November 13, 1979 to February 8, 1983.
The Rockets fell to the Suns on Saturday night despite attempting
38 more shots from the field than Phoenix. That is the largest such differential
for a losing team in any game since the Utah Jazz had 43 more field-goal attempts
than the Rockets in a 104-97 loss on February 4, 2002.